Act No. 165/2012 Coll. on supported energy sources and on amendment to some laws

Passed in 2012
The Act contains measures to slow-down the further development of energy from renewable sources while still meeting the EU targets for renewable energy under the burden sharing agreement in compliance with the Renewable Energy Directive. The objective is to minimise consumer prices and guarantee a long-term sustainable development of renewable energy sources.

It regulates the guarantees of origin for energy from renewable sources, funds to support the market competitiveness of energies from renewable sources by granting subsidies to operators to bridge the cost difference, levy on electricity from solar/PV, and creates market conditions for achieving the national targets on energy from renewable sources under the consideration of customer interests to minimise the economic impacts of support for renewable energies on energy prices. However, the 2013 amendment to the Act limits state support to renewable energy sources to installations commissioned before 31 January 2013 (hydropower generation facilities with capacity up to 10 MW exempt).

The Act further introduces a tax levy on subsidised solar power production. Initially (2011) equal to 26% of the feed-in tariff for operators of new installations in operation after 1 January 2009 (exception of rooftop installations up to 30kW), it has been reduced to 10% of the feed-in tariff or 11% of the green bonus received (starting January 2014 and limited to installations commissioned between January-December 2010). Installations with capacity under 30kW are exempt from the levy. The Act also provides for development and biannual update of the National Action Plan for energy from renewable sources. The latest one has been elaborated for the period 2010-2020 and sets a 13% target for renewable energy in gross final consumption by 2020 (base year 2005).

  • 47.94 PJ final energy savings (6.85 PJ new savings per year) by 2020 against a 2013 baseline
    Energy | Base year target | Target year: 2020 | Base year: 2013
from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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