On Wednesday, the opposition managed to delay the approval of the law, which concerns the construction of a new unit of the Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant and the purchase of electricity. The coalition does not want to legislate security guarantees that apply to construction contractors. Instead, the government CSSD proposed to order the cabinet to adopt, among other things, a binding procedure for setting the maximum guaranteed purchase price of electricity. The bill had to be suspended after a three-hour debate. The House will return to it on Friday at the earliest.
According to the government’s proposal, the so-called low-carbon law is to introduce a method of determining the purchase price from the new unit of the Dukovany power plant, which is related to securing financing for the entire ČEZ project. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček (for YES) has repeatedly emphasized that the tender is prepared in accordance with a government resolution, according to which the security requirements of the state must be taken into account.
Among other things, the opposition proposed to legislate that the state should not use the offer of companies from countries that have not acceded to the international agreement on government procurement, such as Russia and China. At the end of January, after negotiations with party representatives, Havlíček announced that China would probably not be admitted to the tender, but Russia remained in the game.
According to another proposal by opposition deputies, the Ministry of Industry and Trade should conclude an agreement on the purchase of electricity from Dukovany only in accordance with the Constitutional Security Act. The People’s Party would like to include in the law a provision according to which the Ministry of Industry and Trade should not enter into a purchase agreement that could jeopardize a vital or strategic interest in accordance with the Security Strategy of the Czech Republic. For this reason, the Ministry should request in advance the opinion of all intelligence services of the Czech Republic, which would be submitted to Parliament for discussion after discussion by the government.
Petr Třešňák (Pirates) demanded that the law could also be used for the construction of small nuclear power plants that would not have the government’s proposed minimum electrical output of 100 megawatts. Another pirate deputy, Lukáš Černohorský, wants to legislate that the investor of the completion be selected in an open tender and that the realization price does not exceed CZK 1,600 per megawatt-hour of electricity produced. According to Helena Langšádlová (TOP 09), this restriction would prevent the possibility of increasing the price of electricity by up to 30 percent, which would be paid by consumers. The House Economic Committee did not recommend approving amendments to the law.
The bill envisages that if the purchase price is higher than the price of so-called power electricity on the market, the difference will be paid by all consumers through tariffs. In the second case, where the purchase price will be lower than the market price, the impact on consumers will be the opposite. Power electricity is an unregulated part of the final price of electricity for customers.
Source: Tyden.cz by www.tyden.cz.
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