Two amendments proposed to law on renewable energy sources

The law to support renewable energy sources (RES) and highly-efficient combined energy generation could be amended twice in the near future.

The law to support renewable energy sources (RES) and highly-efficient combined energy generation could be amended twice in the near future.

The Economy Ministry has submitted for interdepartmental review a draft amendment to the law. Before parliament discusses it, it will deal with a separate amendment to the same law submitted by SaS MP Ľudovít Jurčík. The government is expected to adopt a stance on the ministry amendment at its Wednesday, November 17, session.

The Economy Ministry amendment would increase the minimum required portion of RES in fuels to thirty percent. The increase in the portion of RES in fuels used for combined generation of heat and electricity from 20 percent to 30 percent will increase by the same proportion the use of RES in electricity generation by individual producers, the ministry said in the draft. It expects that thanks to this change, the construction of solar power plants will move from fields onto buildings. Thus, the place of production will move closer to consumers, which will decrease losses from electricity transmission to consumers. The amendment should come into force on April 1, 2011.

The amendment to the law on supporting renewable energy sources submitted by SaS MP Jurčík should mitigate the impact on retail prices of the mandatory purchase by distributors of electric power produced from renewable energy sources and from combined heat and power generation. The proposal stipulates that support for solar energy be limited to equipment located on rooftops or walls of buildings with up to 100 kilowatts of installed capacity. “The proposal reduces the impact potentially caused by excess photovoltaic power installation on the final price,” Jurčík said when introducing the proposal.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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