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After Prunéřov, other decommissioned coal blocks will follow

The 5th Coal Commission took place on the occasion of the decommissioning of the Prunéřov power plant directly in this North Bohemian facility. The Commission will present the final results of the coal shutdown to the Czech government by the end of the year.

“By the end of the year, we want to know the coal decline curve, which we will present to the government,” commented the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček (pictured above).

The first working group, among other things, presented technical models of electricity generation and consumption. The Commission agreed on the need to update inputs, refine models and add price models. The second working group proposed the categorisation of resources. There are four categories: power plant, district heating plant, heating plant and power engineering. However, one of the criteria for the gradual decommissioning of coal resources should be the emission intensity. The third working group addresses the socio-economic impacts of coal decline. Both from the point of view of consumers and from the point of view of producers.

“The decline will not start as late as after 2030, it is already running and will undoubtedly continue,” added the Minister of the Environment, Richard Brabec. “Today it is Prunéřov and other decommissioned coal blocks will follow. In connection with the current situation, which was also affected by the coronavirus pandemic, I am convinced that the working group number 3 should not address the distant future, but rapid concrete assistance to really endangered regions.”

The financial resources that the Czech Republic could use in the context of coal decline were also discussed. Currently, it looks like the European Commission could raise money within the European Just Transition Found. It is also possible to use the Modernisation Fund or draw a loan from the European Investment Bank.

“The economic view of Sokolovská uhelná, where we recently discussed is let’s switch to underground gas so that the heat supply for the inhabitants of the Karlovy Vary region is maintained,” continued Mr Havlíček. “From a national point of view, the transformation of the heating industry as such is, of course, crucial.”

The Prunéřov power plant ceased operations after 53 years. In the future, it should be used for other energy sources, such as Gigafactory or battery storage.

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