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Europe 2020: Renewable Energy Plans - New government holds key to renewables share

CZECH REPUBLIC: The Czech National Renewable Energy Action Plan was due to be presented to the new government for approval within four weeks of the republic's general election at the end of May 2010, along with a draft new energy law, a ministry of industry and trade spokesman says.

This was delayed, however, because the prime minister of the new coalition government was not sworn in until the end of June. The plan will be made public once it has gained approval from the government.

The outgoing government was not very enthusiastic about wind energy and it remains to be seen whether the new administration takes a more positive approach.

In its initial forecast, the Czech Republic stated that it expected to meet its target of a 13% share of renewables in energy use by 2020 and that the increase in renewables contribution would follow the trajectory mandated by the EU directive. The draft says the government does not plan to sell surplus renewables to other member states.

The Czech wind energy association expects that only 30-40MW of wind capacity will be installed in 2010, to raise the total to 220-230MW. Another 20-30MW could be installed in 2011 to reach about 250MW. Altogether, about 2GW of wind potential has been identified for the Czech Republic, but the 2009 report estimated a more realistic figure for implementation would be around 350 turbines with a total 800MW, without giving a date for achieving this amount.

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