Conference programme

10th conference entitled “Do we have an energy and climate plan?!” 

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them… One National Energy and Climate Plan integrates the main policies in all five dimensions of the Energy Union. Through it the individual member states must each commit themselves to how they will contribute to meeting the targets set by the European Parliament and European Council for the period of 2021–2030.

Building on the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic prepared the first draft of the National Energy and Climate Plan. This is a key document for all entities operating or planning to invest in the Czech energy market. The final version will be completed and submitted to the European Commission by the end of 2019.

 

Block 1 Do we need the SEC when we will have an ECP?

The basic strategic national energy document is the State Energy Concept (SEC). It is binding for all state government authorities and contains answers to all dimensions of the Energy Union. Should the Energy and Climate Plan (ECP) be based on the SEC targets, or should it, on the contrary, after being approved, form the basis for the update of the SEC? What will its relationship be with other applicable strategic documents such as the Strategic Framework of the Czech Republic 2030 which also calls on the reduction of dependence on fossil fuels, decentralisation of energy, and development of smart grids and growth of the share of renewable sources? What should investors be guided by?

Topics for discussion:

 

  • How will the data presented in the ECP and in the amended SEC be linked?
  • What measures does the Czech state expect for meeting the policies in the individual dimensions of the Energy Union?
  • Who is to be responsible for the coordination and supervision of meeting the state’s strategic documents? 
  • Why is the expected volume of renewable sources up to 2030 in the Energy and Climate Plan lower than in the SEC?
  • Will there be sufficient biomass for all its planned use while maintaining the self-sufficiency of the Czech Republic? 

 

Block 2 Is security of energy supply still a priority for the Czech Republic?

The security of energy supply is a problem which every country has to address. Currently, the EU imports over 50% of the total volume of energy it consumes. Therefore, the transformation of the European energy policy into a new Energy Union is also one of the priorities of the European Commission. The decrease in particular of conventional power generation sources and limited connection of international interconnectors throughout the EU poses a risk for the future. The ECP states that the Czech Republic should begin working on measures to meet the appropriate security standard. The SEC has formulated the thesis of maintaining self-sufficiency in the generation and surplus energy balance. Is it still valid? What projects and under what conditions do they have a realistic chance of ensuring the security of energy supply in the Czech Republic?

 

Topics for discussion:

 

  • How “rapid” will the decline of coal in the generation of electricity and heat be?
  • Does it make sense to form a temporary “strategic reserve” from shutdown sources?
  • Does the state plan to stimulate the development of gas sources in the form of auctions or capacity mechanisms with the delay of the construction of new nuclear units?
  • It is time to talk about the future mandatory participation of intermediate sources for providing ancillary services after 2025, i.e. after the decommissioning of a significant part of the coal fleet?
  • Will it be possible to revive the North-South Gas Corridor or is this just utopia?

 

Block 3 Will we avoid the lack of energy and energy poverty?

Out of the entire Czech Republic, it is the Moravian-Silesian Region that is most at risk from the lack of electricity and natural gas. Access to energy has so far been the driving force of the economy and living standard of the population. There is talk of extensive investments with regard to the need to increase capacities in the region of the available energy infrastructure and in the event of new technologies. Will the vision be implemented of functioning on the principle of a circular economy which sees the utilisation of sources of waste to produce hydrogen? What is going to happen to the Dětmarovice Power Plant and how will the long-term supply of natural gas be secured for the needs of the region? Will new costs and potentially limited access to energy bring energy poverty to the region?  

 

Topics for discussion:

 

  • To what extent can hydrogen technology replace fossil fuel in the next decades?
  • What are the current plans of investment in energy in north Moravia?
  • Will it be possible to revive the North-South Gas Corridor or is this just utopia?
  • What changes must arise so the Czech Republic can meet the targets in energy savings?
  • How should the level of protection of residential customers be increased?