Czech Republic Abandons Renewable Energy, EU Climate Policy In Crisis


Support for the European Union’s climate and energy policy eroded further Friday as the Czech Republic became the latest member to denounce subsidies for clean but costly renewable energy and pledged to double down on its use of fossil fuels.

It followed Poland’s declaration that it would use its abundant domestic coal supplies for power generation rather than invest in costly renewable energy facilities. Spain abolished subsidies for photovoltaic power generation in July and the U.K.’s power markets regulator last month froze solar power subsidies for the rest of the year.

The Czech Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to eliminate subsidies for new photovoltaic power plants while quickly winding down support for other types of renewable power production. The bill has already been approved by the lower house of parliament and now only needs President Milos Zeman’s signature to become law.

Manufacturing and industry are key economic sectors in central Europe and the Czech decision marks the region’s divergence from the European mainstream, which supports subsidizing renewable energy.

Opposition to further subsidies is a major hurdle for EU lawmakers who this month are launching talks on the bloc’s 2030 climate change. It hopes to wring firm commitments to reduce carbon emissions by the end of December.

The Czech Republic has seen a surge in renewable power production over the last four years due to rich cash payouts for investors in the sector. Since then public outrage over fast-rising power prices has forced politicians to put the brakes on subsidies. The payouts have been a drag on the economy, creating uncertainty on energy markets and preventing utilities from investing.

“To maintain the country’s [international] competitiveness we had to act,” said Senate Vice-chair Alena Gajduskova after the vote.

The bill also directs state and taxpayer support to centralized power production, a step directly at odds with EU goals.

“Small-scale renewable energy generation is a cornerstone of the future energy policy,” the EU Parliament’s industrial committee said in a statement Thursday.


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4 Responses to Czech Republic Abandons Renewable Energy, EU Climate Policy In Crisis

  1. Charles Magus September 15, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Free Energy is available, but the Energy corporations won’t let us have them! They Murder the Inventors or Threaten them.

    • louistheguy September 15, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      And your thoughts on Thorium Charles?

  2. Diane Denizen September 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    We have a hybrid system of wind, solar and diesel, it works well and the over all cost of power is slightly lower than the ESB. However, that is not the point, the point is having energy independence in some form, the back-up diesel can be bought and stored when prices are low. I accept that we are still effectively buying the power, but the turbine and solar just do their job and the diesel gives the edge by being flexible, this is the point. We have to survive the constant attack of the NWO agenda and the more sources of power, food and water we can have at our command, the more likely it is we will get to the finish line when all this shit is over-and it will be over and the people who are left will be the winners.

  3. andreasmarciniak September 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    There is no safe distance for wind Turbines, NOT GREEN, NOT CHEAP, NOT RELIABLE, and come with a very BAD side EFFECT on people and the ENVIRONMENT. there is Nothing GREEN about TURBINES. SAY NO TO WIND TURBINES.


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