Government adopts new energy policy

THE GOVERNMENT passed a new energy policy for Slovakia at its November 5 session. It counts, among other things, the construction of new nuclear power plant or gradual inhibition of renewable energy resources support with higher redemption prices, the SITA newswire reported.

THE GOVERNMENT passed a new energy policy for Slovakia at its November 5 session. It counts, among other things, the construction of new nuclear power plant or gradual inhibition of renewable energy resources support with higher redemption prices, the SITA newswire reported.

The new energy policy, which will substitute the policy adopted in 2008, defines the main goals and priorities of the energy sector by 2035 with the outlook for 2050.

It, for example, counts the construction of new nuclear power plant in Jaslovské Bohunice (Trnava Region), the project of hydroelectric power plant Sereď (Trnava Region) and with construction of pumped-storage hydroelectric power station Ipeľ. The country should also re-evaluate the possibility of using hydroelectric potential within the comprehensive use of the Danube above Bratislava, according to the document.

Moreover, the energy policy proposes not to support energy produced from renewable resources with higher redemption prices after 2020. Slovakia should prefer those renewable energy resources that do not report fluctuation of production and whose redemption prices will be close to the market prices, as reported by SITA.

Slovakia should focus on biomass and small hydroelectric power stations. It also contains the plan to build wind power plants whose construction is currently halted. The construction should be based on the principle of reverse auction. This means that the required installed capacity for given period will be set and investors will solicit a specific order of redemption prices. The permit will be given to investors who will offer the lowest sum, SITA wrote.

Regarding the photovoltaic power plants, they should be constructed only on buildings. The state will not support the power stations with a capacity of more than 10 kW.

The new energy policy also reveals big plans for the gas sector. This includes the construction of gas pipelines with Poland and Hungary. These projects are, however, nothing new as the works on them have already started. The connection with Hungary is planned to start in the beginning of next year. The works on the pipeline with Poland, which will cost more than €142 million, are currently underway. The project has the status of common interest of the EU, SITA wrote.

The energy policy also contains the project of oil pipeline between Bratislava and Schwechat (Austria), or reconstruction of Adria pipeline.

Source: SITA

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