The 8th international professional conference of the International Energy Club took place on September 14, 2017 in the multifunctional hall GONG, Dolní Vítkovice area.
The opening ceremony took place on the eve of the conference on September 13, 2017.
Conference programme priorities:
SESSION 1: European donation and air pollution
SESSION 2: Decentralisation and the uncertain future of energy engineering
SESSION 3: Transportation and smart solutions
The 8th conference entitled "Fresh air through the lens of EU and Czech energy"
With so-called Energy Winter Package work on EU directives has started this autumn. By the end of 2019, the Commission expects an integrated national energy and climate plan from each Member State. In the Czech Republic, it should be based on the State Energy Concept, which raises the discussion about the future of local nuclear and coal power plants.
Current funding titles have so far focused on energy efficiency for buildings and decentralized renewable sources in households. In the Czech Republic, OPPIK (MIT), IROP (MRD) and the New Green Savings (ME) programs are prepared with the support of European funds. However, there remain doubts as to whether the finances can be processed on time and at the level offered in the programming period up to 2020.
- What priorities in energetics should not be missed in the new government´s statement?
- How much will the implementation of the so-called Winter Energy Package cost Czech energy consumers?
- What subsidy programs does the EU offer today in the field of energetics?
- How will the implementation of the State Energy Concept change the pollution problem in the Czech Republic?
- How will the Czech Republic use the new Modernization Fund of EU that will focus on the energy sector after 2020?
- Pot-subsidies and what's next, Czech Republic?
A gradual shutdown of coal-fired power plants, whose stable performance was about to be completed by new nuclear blocks, is being prepared. Due to a number of open questions linked in particular to the return to construction of power plants and social impacts, it is more likely that more opportunities will get operational gas resources.
This trend is evident, for example, in Germany, where electricity production from natural gas has increased by 50% year-on-year. The US even recorded more gas produced than coal last year for the first time. However, European policy is reluctant to rely on natural gas due to its rising energy consumption and relatively low diversification of imported commodities. Nevertheless, unfulfilled expectations for the construction of new nuclear blocks as well as other long-term investment projects limit the development of domestic potential in modern engineering.
In the transformation of the business in energetics we are witnessing, there is a question - in whose hands shall we put its future form forward. Will European policy, national governments or the market (by demand from end-users) decide on it?
- Does the State Energy Concept (2015) suit nowadays galloping development in the field of energetics? What should its next update focus on?
- Will a central energy source in the Czech Republic ever be built?
- Is it possible to proceed to decentralization under the existing tariff structure?
- When and in which conditions will it be possible to start implementing smart metering?
- What opportunities does decentralization offer to engineering companies?
- Is decommissioning an opportunity for Czech engineering?
Polluted air and climate change are also caused by transport. Norway and Germany are therefore proposing to ban the sale of cars with internal combustion engines in their territory by 2030. The most efficient technology in transport will become hydrogen in the future, which the Czech Republic as a transit country should definitely remember in its plans. Will hydrogen technology apply in addition to the field of alternative drives in power generation as well? And what is the future of energy storage?
In the coming years, NAP Clean Mobility is expecting new filling stations for CNG, LNG and electric vehicles. Electro mobility is very suitable for cities thanks to its zero emissions. However, it lags behind the most widespread CNG drive, both in charging infrastructure and customer demand. How will this competition continue?
Among the leading approaches in the Czech Republic a comprehensive perspective on smart urban energetics comes as well. How is the potential of the emerging market valued by customers and suppliers themselves?
- How will the energy business look like after the year 2020, when the present donation programs end?
- How will new technologies change business in energetics?
- Will internal combustion engines in the cities be forbidden as well as smoking in restaurants?
- What is the future of electricity storage and what opportunities does it bring?
- Which solutions offer smart energy to cities and large customers?
- What needs to be changed so that cities in the Czech Republic are as "smart" as in Sweden?