Economy Minister says energy production from renewable sources will be toned down

The production of energy from renewable sources should be toned down, as a large amount of such energy is destabilising the distribution network, Economy Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek said at a session of the parliamentary committee for economic policy on February 23, as reported by TASR.

The production of energy from renewable sources should be toned down, as a large amount of such energy is destabilising the distribution network, Economy Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek said at a session of the parliamentary committee for economic policy on February 23, as reported by TASR.

“I want to tame it somehow,” said the minister, adding that this is why he has submitted an amendment to Slovakia's Energy Act to Parliament, with the amendment being discussed at the committee session.

He stressed that he doesn't aim to go for drastic measures such as halting the further production of such energy but only wants to reduce it instead. Jahnátek admitted that the ministry made a mistake when drafting the latest changes to respective legislation.

“We did make one mistake, which I admit, that we didn’t ask the investor or operator of facilities producing energy from renewable sources to provide support services at their own expense,” said Jahnátek.

As a result, the distribution of energy produced from renewable sources is provided by distribution companies or the Slovak Electricity Transmission System (SEPS), and the distribution of large amounts of this kind of energy is placing a burden on the distribution system, said Jahnátek. “Practice has made it clear that some things are rather difficult to predict. We really didn't foresee such massive interest (in producing this kind of energy),” he stated. TASR

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President Gašparovič visits Vancouver to support Slovak athletes at Olympics

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič left for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver on February 22, his office reported on the same day.

Gašparovič, is visiting Canada on the invitation of the International Olympic Committee and its Slovak branch. The president is scheduled to return on March 1.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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