Czech renewable energy consumption to reach 13% by 2020.

By bne IntelliNews August 26, 2010
The government approved a national plan for the use of energy from renewable energy sources (RES), under which 13% of the overall national consumption of energy should be covered by RES by 2020, industry ministry spokesperson Pavel Vlcek announced. This is a rather ambitious target given the fact that this share amounted to 4.7% in 2007, according to the Eurostat database. According to the Europe 2020 Strategy, recently adopted by the European Union, the share of the consumption of energy from RES should reach 20% of the overall national consumption by 2020. The main objective of the newly approved plan is to ensure equal development of renewable sources in the country, Vlcek explained. Their installed output should be controlled according to specified limits for individual types of energy sources. If these limits are exceeded, the sources will not receive state financial support. This would have a significant impact on solar power plants. The proposal has been criticised by businessmen operating in the renewable energy sector, who claimed the plan meant actual liquidation of the sector in the Czech Republic.

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