Conference programme

Block 1 Independent energy mix and pricing

Europe is betting its future on decentralised energy and support for renewable energy sources (RES). However, construction of these resources is slow in the Czech Republic; essentially the only new sources are photovoltaic panels on the roofs of people’s homes. Although our RES target for the year 2020 has already been met, it would be apposite to lay out the next steps towards achieving the 30% share required throughout Europe by 2030.

At the IEC in 2017 it was noted that we have no more than one or two years to decide how to proceed with nuclear energy and the approved State Energy Policy. A year has passed and the question of what proportion of secure energy supplies will be provided by large vs small sources has increased in urgency.

 

Topics for discussion:

 

Nuclear energy and the approved State Energy Policy – what now?

  • What will the energy mix in 2030 and 2040 be in the Czech Republic and in neighbouring countries?
  • Will the Czech Republic build more nuclear facilities in the near future?
  • Which schemes should be used to support additional construction of supported sources of energy in the Czech Republic?
  • What level support is needed to fulfil the potential RES targets of the EU and Czech Republic?
  • Which targets and policies are postulated by the Czech National Climate Change and Energy Plan?

 

Block 2 Infrastructure management under new conditions

Increasingly integrated electricity markets are a reality. The European Commission is very interested in making similar reforms for the natural gas sector. New roles and conditions are being discussed relating to the implementation of the EC’s so-called Winter Package. Discussions on the need for energy capacity and related investment into infrastructure development have come to the fore.

Grants are available to develop regulated assets, but often they are not optimally used. The implementation of smart energy elements has slowed, as has the accomplishment of EU strategies by 2020. There is talk of poor government administration, complex conditions, unclear parameters defined by the EU, and companies submitting poorly drafted projects.

 

Topics for discussion:

 

Infrastructure development – how much energy capacity and related investment will be required?

  • What will the infrastructure look like in 2030?
  • How much investment is expected to be made into regulated infrastructures to fulfil the new conditions?
  • Are other forms of financing needed besides via the regulatory framework? How should alternative financing be reflected in regulation?
  • How would focused thematic programmes help to apply smart technology in infrastructure?
  • What influences might rapid developments in alternative modes of transportation have on infrastructure operations?

 

Block 3 Conditions for developing energy storage systems

Energy storage is crucial for the transformation of the energy sector. Much has already been said about growing RES capacities, climate impacts and imbalanced energy consumption, but we are still waiting for a breakthrough that would allow us to get away from conventional energy. The low efficiency of available storage systems, high costs, and often the existence of legislative barriers are slowing progress.

Underground gas storage today, batteries tomorrow and hydrogen? Three different systems for storing energy that can theoretically be put to immediate use in the Czech Republic. What restricts them? Will they all survive? What are the anticipated scenarios for future developments in the field of energy storage?

 

Topics for discussion:

 

What is the future for the different energy storage systems that can currently be used in the Czech Republic?

  • How can the future existence of gas storage be ensured in an extent necessary to safeguard the security of energy supplies and meet future energy demand?
  • What should the amended energy law bring with regard to raid developments on the storage capacity market?
  • Does the state want to support energy storage? If so, what future steps can it take?
  • Are current legislative restrictions on injecting hydrogen into the gas network necessary?
  • What are electricity and gas network operators’ opinions on the Power2Gas system?