The 12th conference comes under the title of Green energy and future of the Czech Republic
The conference will focus on issues related to the future of the European and Czech energy sector. In view of the October parliamentary elections, there will be discussions of the priorities of the main political parties in the context of the necessary update of the State Energy Policy of the Czech Republic, of the sustainability and management of the resource base and of the trends of decentralisation and aggregation in the energy industry. The professional conference presenter will be Martin Herrmann, who is the IEC honorary president.
Block 1 Energy as a political challenge
The IEC will be held a month before the elections to the lower chamber of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. The outcome will be a new government which will be updating the State Energy Policy of the Czech Republic as well as the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) in order to reach the EU climate targets for 2050. Decisions will be made about investments worth billions in ensuring reliable, safe and environment friendly energy supplies. The biggest parliamentary parties have their ideas about how to secure the needs of the population and economy of the Czech Republic. But will this be possible at competitive and affordable prices given the demand to put an end to fossil fuel sources and restriction on nuclear energy in Europe? The outcome of the discussions should be a constructive comparison of the various expert and ideological views of the future of the energy industry in the Czech Republic.
Topics for discussion:
- What should the first decision of the new government focus on in the energy industry?
- How should the new government approach the issue of the Czech Republic’s self-sufficiency in the supply of energy?
- What investments in energy and its support should the state concentrate on to effectively meet its commitments to the EU?
- What measures should the new government take to support businesses and limit administration and the influence of state administration?
- What measures should prevent the spread of energy poverty in the Czech Republic?
We will ask representatives of political parties and movements: ANO 2011, ODS, Piráti, ČSSD and KSČM to speak at the conference. Each will be given the same task, i.e. to present three main priorities of their energy policy for the next election period in five minutes. The outcome of the following discussion should be an assessment of the priorities for the domestic energy industry and the political scene by the IEC participants.
Block 2 Sustainability and management of the resource base in the Czech republic
Almost half of electricity and heat is generated from coal as the domestic primary fuel source. The energy industry produces more than half of the greenhouse gases in the Czech Republic. This is an unsustainable outcome in view of the EU’s climate targets and rising prices of emissions permits. In addition, not even the conversion of coal-fired heating plants into natural gas plants will be supported after 2030. Finally, the European Commission is now already having problems supporting technologies that are not “green”. Taxonomy is becoming the new mantra and so-called ESG investing is being strongly promoted on financial markets. How is this trend reflected in the form of the resource base in the Czech Republic? There will also be discussion about the present and future required capacities (generation, transmission, distribution), in the EU and in the Czech Republic, about the prepared measures which build on the European Green Deal and about new business opportunities that are opening up in the energy industry.
Topics for discussion:
- Can consensus be reached on the date of the end to the burning of coal in the Czech Republic or must this be a political decision?
- How should the state provide motivation for the construction of new base load power sources once coal fuel sources are discontinued?
- What is the practice concerning the use of subsidies and supporting programmes for the construction of new sources and decarbonisation of the energy industry?
- What will the review of the European emissions trading system and the energy taxation directive bring?
- In what way will new gases and innovative technologies be prioritised in energy regulation?
Block 3 Decentralisation and aggregation in the energy industry
The energy revolution connected with the decentralisation of energy generation sources is entering the next stage. After the politicians and governments of the individual states, market participants and now corporate and private investors have been fully drawn into it. The words “environmental sustainability” is what brings together all the success. However, the incorporation of an increasingly greater amount of renewables into the electrical grid is giving rise to a number of practical questions. These apply to the present and future ancillary services, accumulation of energy, “smart grids” or consumers and communities who not only consume energy but also generate it. The end of the conference will be devoted to discussion about new technologies and innovations, and the need for it to be properly laid down in legislation and regulation.
Topics for discussion:
- Will “green” European money come to investors in the energy industry sooner from private banks or from the National Development Bank, which is to integrate all available investment instruments?
- Which new technologies in the energy industry have not been sufficiently embedded in current legislation?
- At what stage is the enabling of the role of the electricity market aggregator in the Czech Republic?
- What are the first experiences of energy communities and multilateral business models?
- What is preventing faster deployment of smart meters, which are a condition for establishing an active customer?