ProgramThe title of the 4th year of the IEC is: Energy concepts and the current reality. The reason for such a choice is based in the fact that in the EU and in several member countries including the Czech Republic there is a new face of future energetic mix put together. These concepts settle many questions not to forget the point that they don´t end up in 2020 but in 2050 in their strategic visions.

The conference will be held international character and its primary purpose is to presented ideas and opinions of representatives of the EU, the European Parliament, the Czech Republic, Russia and other important players in energetic industry to show up the behind of the new energetic legislation development. Next aim will be discussion of changes in energy markets in the context of the views of key stakeholders. Each participant receives during the official programme and the accompanying space to comment on the issue.

Key outcomes of the conference will be before the end of the programme presented to media at the press conference. Its aim is to be more than “a professional conference” so that we organise a rich side programme – an opening party to all the members (25th September) and a relaxing festival banquet after the end (26th September). In the negotiations is a continuing the programme on Friday.

Programme priorities

  1. Europe, the Czech Republic and blackout
  2. Energy prizes, regulation and customer protection
  3. Y Factor of realisation of energetic buildings

Energy prizes and their regulation

The strengthening of competition spirit and the fall of prizes for consumers was the main point for energy market liberalisation. However, the electricity and gas prizes are getting higher and such a trend is expected in the future as well. According to the 2050 Energy Roadmap the prizes should multiple twice. A general rule says that the prize of energies influences the ability to compete of each state. In this view France keeps the best solution because the prize of electricity for households is regulated there and is the lowest there. Another example is Germany where the prize of electricity for industrial operations is relatively low, on the contrary in the Czech and Slovak Republic the prize of electricity for industry is the highest in the EU. Since 2011 transparency of wholesale of energy has been an issue for REMIT, an order of the Council of EU that obliges the business people to present efficient and updated information to the public.

Topics for discussion:

  • How can prizes develop in a medium-term horizon?
  • Can the rising support of renewable sources endanger the future of liberated market?
  • Who should bear the consequences for renewable sources of energy: industry as in the CR or households as in Germany?

Customer protection

Free volumes of electricity and gas at the spot market introduced new companies to the market and they try to maximise the profit, sometimes using fishy ways. Customers are convinced by travelling salespeople who use legally incapable arguments, pressure to contracts. To stop this bad habit in 2012 the Energy Regulatory Office prepared an ethic codex defining how salespeople should act. The codex is voluntary but still to January 1 2013 there were 33 companies joining these document. The protection of customers rises when the companies declare signing this codex and the customers know that the company they are dealing with is a member of this codex and their rights are to be secured.

Topics for discussion:

  • Can the ERO ethic codex provide sufficient safety for consumers?
  • What other tools to protect consumers can be adopted?
  • What experience from abroad can be applied in the CR on the field of consumer protection?