The Constitutional Court rejected a proposal to annul two of last
year's pricing decisions made by the Czech Energy Regulatory
Authority, citing a lack of valid arguments. The proposal was signed by 26
MPs from the Freedom and Direct Democracy party, the Communist Party and
one Social Democrat. They argued that the agency breached the Energy Act,
according to which it has to protect the legitimate interests of customers
and consumers, by increasing prices for no reason.
According to the ruling there was an absence of almost any argumentation that could lead the Court to rule that prices should be changed.
Charging stations for electric cars around the Czech Republic are reporting a sharp increase in electricity intake, Czech Radio reported on Friday. The Czech state-owned energy producer ČEZ, which currently controls around half of the charging stations, says consumption of electricity in the first six months of 2019 has nearly doubled year-on-year, reaching 828 869 kWh. Other companies are reporting similar growth.
The Czech Republic is under pressure from the EU to have more renewable and efficient resources in its energy mix. While companies are open to photovoltaic subsidies, the country cannot keep up with demand and is reluctant to write further calls, the news server iDnes.cz writes. What’s more, the program is complex; many smaller players would rather use photovoltaics without funding.
High energy expenditures are forcing nearly a quarter of Czechs to cut back on other types of spending, a recent survey conducted by the polling agency STEM revealed. However, other data shows that 68 percent of the population likes to rank up their heating to temperatures by up to 25 degrees, resulting in unnecessary costs.
Last year over 570,000 Czech consumers changed their electricity supplier,
a record number, the Czech electricity and gas market operator OTE reported
on Monday. The figure was 60 higher than in 2017. The numbers of Czechs
switching to a different gas supplier also saw a year-on-year increase of
Analysts told the Czech News Agency that the main reason behind the trend has been the marked increase in wholesale energy prices, which are affecting the total consumer price.
Some 400 Czech households are still without electricity following
windstorms that hit the county on Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
A spokesperson for the state-controlled utility ČEZ said the majority of affected households are located in the regions of North Moravia and East Bohemia. Up to 60,000 homes had been left at least temporarily without electricity.
The highest wind speed recorded was registered in the Sněžka Mountains, where it reached 178 kilometres per hour.
A wind warning is in effect on Thursday for the regions of Pardubice, Vysočina, Liberec, Jablonec and Znojmo.
Strong winds overnight have left thousands of households without power and
are complicating traffic around the country.
The situation is reported to be worst in the Pardubice, Benešov and Šumperk regions where over thirty thousand households were without power on Tuesday morning.
Fire crews in the Pardubice region alone were called to 150 emergencies in the course of the night and many smaller roads were closed on Tuesday due to fallen trees. Trains are running late in several regions with dozens of connections affected.