EU approves Czech state aid for green energy

The European Commission is allowing the Czech Republic to grant state aid for two green energy schemes. The country’s plans for the biogas and hydropower industries aim to support electricity and heat production […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The European Commission is allowing the Czech Republic to grant state aid for two green energy schemes.

The country’s plans for the biogas and hydropower industries aim to support electricity and heat production as well as increase the amount of energy produced from renewables.

In September last year, Czech Republic notified plans to provide support to operators of hydropower installations with a capacity of up to 10MW. The total budget of the measure will be around €8 million (£6.8m).

It also plans to invest around €19 million (£16.15m) to provide support for biogas installations with a capacity of up to 0.5MW.

The Commission said the two schemes are in line with EU state aid rules as both schemes minimise the potential distortion of competition by ensuring the payments do not exceed the minimum level necessary to achieve the schemes’ objectives.