EU approves Czech aid for low carbon transport

The EU has approved plans for a network of refuelling and recharging stations for low emission vehicles in the Czech Republic after finding they are in line with state aid rules. It judged the €44.5 million (£40.7m) support scheme would contribute to reducing emissions without unduly distorting competition. Running over six years, the national programme […]

EU climate laws ‘threatened by Eastern Europe’

The EU’s climate laws could be undermined by a mutiny from Poland and the Czech Republic. That’s according to documents seen by news website Climate Home, which says the Eastern-European states are diluting rules supposed to guide Europe towards the carbon reduction targets outlined in the Paris Agreement. Europe agreed to reduce its emissions by 40% before 2030, […]

EU Czechs out CHP state aid scheme

The EU has approved a €420 million (£364.3m) Czech scheme to support combined heat and power (CHP) plants. Under the plan, operators of high efficiency CHP plants commissioned between January 2016 and December 2020 will receive a fixed premium on top of the market price of electricity. The initiative aims to support the co-generation of […]

IEA urges Czech Republic to encourage energy investments

The Czech Republic has been urged to encourage more energy investments. The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently praised the country in its latest energy policy review, stating it has the highest level of power interconnection capacity within Central Europe and is equally well connected to surrounding gas markets. However, the report also says the government needs […]

EU allows Gazprom more access to OPAL gas pipeline

The European Commission has lifted the cap on Gazprom’s use of the OPAL gas pipeline. The pipeline takes gas from North Germany’s Nord Stream Baltic sea to end users in the country and Czech Republic. Gazprom was only allowed to take 50% of the pipeline’s capacity to prevent it from dominating the supply infrastructure. Because of this, […]

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 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 […]

Czech Republic referred to EU court over toxic waste shipment to Poland

The Czech Republic has been referred to the Court of Justice of the EU over a shipment of toxic waste to Poland. According to the European Commission, the nation failed to take back 20,000 tonnes of hazardous waste, which were shipped to Katowice, Poland, by a Czech operator in late 2010 and early 2011. Polish […]

EU approves state aid for Czech coal mine closure

The European Commission has approved public funding to help towards closing an “uncompetitive” coal mine in the Czech Republic. Mining company OKD decided to close the Paskov mine after “several unsuccessful attempts at returning it to economic viability”, the Commission said. Czech authorities proposed to fund one-off payments to workers who have lost or will […]

EU approves Czech renewable energy scheme

The European Commission has granted state aid approval for the Czech Republic’s new renewable energy subsidy scheme. The nation’s new Feed-in Tariff and green bonus scheme provides financial incentives to developers of renewable energy projects, including hydropower, wind, solar, biomass, biogas and geothermal. The Commission said the scheme “will further EU energy objectives without unduly […]

V4 leaders call on EU to diversify energy sources

Leaders from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia called for a diverse range of power sources in the EU, suggesting there should be “no discrimination” on the kinds of energy used. They showed their support for nuclear energy and said they expect the EU to help Central Europe increase its nuclear power capacity. The […]