|Agency||•Ministry of Environment
•Ministry of Industry and Trade
•Energy Regulatory Office
|Policy Superseded by||Law on the Support and the Production of Electricity and Heat from Renewable Sources|
|Description||In November 2003, the Czech Government approved the Act on the Promotion for Electricity and Heat Energy Produced from Renewable Energy Sources, which is currently in the Parliamentary approval process. The Act includes an indicative target of an 8% share from renewables in electricity consumption by 2010. Support for renewables is based on higher and differentiated feed-in tariffs paid by distributors and CEPS (transmission company) for electricity and heat generated from renewables. It will continue until the full opening of the Czech electricity market in 2006.
Starting in 2006, only small producers with capacity less than 200 kW and photovoltaic installations would have the right to benefit from feed-in tariffs and the obligatory purchase of their electricity. Electricity from other renewable sources would be sold at market price, but will have the right to sell the green certificates. Selected electricity suppliers will be given a yearly quota for purchases of green certificates with regulated prices set by the Energy Regulation Office (ERO). ERO would also set differentiated prices for the certificates according to the type of renewable used for generation. Suppliers who fail to meet the quota from their own purchases would be able to buy certificates on the open market or face penalties which are equal to three times the amount of the yearly unfulfilled quota. The draft of the new law guarantees that after the law comes into effect, all investors in renewables would recover their initial costs and make a basic profit within fifteen years.