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Nuclear electricity should be at heart of Czech energy policy, government told

29 Nov 2011 18:20:13 | edem

A key Czech Republic governmental advisory council has said nuclear electricity should play a major role in the nation's future energy policy.

The Czech governmental council for energy strategy has made its final recommendation to the Czech ministry of industry and trade (MPO) on the scenarios for a new state energy concept running through to 2060.

The ministry will submit these scenarios to the Czech government by the end of the year, an MPO spokesman said on Tuesday.

In one key scenario, the Czech Republic would focus on domestic energy resources, such as nuclear energy, complemented by renewable resources like wind and solar power.

State-owned power incumbent ČEZ launched a tender to double the size of its 2GW Temelín nuclear power plant last month (see EDEM 31 October 2011).

The 1760MW Dukovany nuclear plant has also recently undergone a capacity expansion, a ČEZ spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Three out of the facility's four units now have 500MW capacity each, while the last unit is expected to be expanded to 500MW in May 2012.

None of the scenarios recommended by the council would lift limits on domestic brown coal mining, despite calls for the easing of regulation from the MPO earlier this year, to guard against rising heating prices (see EDEM 24 March 2011).

The "ecological mining limits" were set in the early 1990s, when the Czech government banned coal mining in certain areas to stop the demolition of villages (see EDEM 24 March 2011).IP

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