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Sivek M.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava | Kavina P.,Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic | Jirasek J.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava
Energy Policy | Year: 2011

In November 2008, the European Union adopted "The raw materials initiative - meeting our critical needs for growth and jobs in Europe", dealing especially with ensuring the future needs of metallic and non-metallic raw materials for EU member state economies. After years of hesitation, this may undoubtedly be considered a very progressive step. The article lists the most relevant reasons why the EU should promptly proceed to the discussion and preparation of a similar material of higher legal force for energy minerals. Basic problem areas of forming a political platform for the preparation of the EU energy initiative include the exploitation of domestic energy raw material deposits, raw materials diplomacy, and the matter of renewable sources. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Source


Slovakova E.,Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
Proceedings of the 6th International Scientific Symposium on Electrical Power Engineering, ELEKTROENERGETIKA 2011 | Year: 2011

Since January 1, 2006 the electricity market has been fully liberalized (the gas market has been liberalized since January 1, 2007). Customers - households - became eligible customers and gain the right to choose their supplier. In the electricity (and gas) market gradually took place the required legal, accounting and functional separation of network activities from supply and generation of electricity (gas) under EU legislation. The business environment has been changed; the role of the state has been limited. But its instruments may affect investors' decisions about the allocation of investments (impact on GDP and employment). Integration of energy markets is closely related to the connection of electricity transport networks. Important consequence is greater coherence between the energy security of the Czech Republic and the European Union. The choice of energy mix in one state can influence the situation in other countries. The state has to act responsibly. What is the scope of the responsibilities in relation to the impact of liberalization?. Technical University of Košice © 2011. Source


Fikacek J.,Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic | Hummel M.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava | Vlastimil H.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava
12th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference and EXPO - Modern Management of Mine Producing, Geology and Environmental Protection, SGEM 2012 | Year: 2012

Article informs about the problems costs arising from solution after chemical consequences of uranium mining and related activities in the field Straž pod Ralskem. It describes the initial state of the damaged area, briefly the procedure for dealing with the consequences of chemical extraction of uranium up to 2042. At the end of the paper is given overview of costs and expenses and evaluation of the effects of chemical uranium mining and related activities in Straz pod Ralskem leads to some recommendations described here. © SGEM2012 All Rights Reserved by the International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM Published by STEF92 Technology Ltd. Source


Sivek M.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava | Jirasek J.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava | Kavina P.,Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic | Martinikova H.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava
Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning and Policy | Year: 2013

The structure of the production of electricity in the Czech Republic is based on the structure of its raw material basis that includes reserves of lignite, steam coal, coking coal and uranium. On the other hand, there are only small reserves of crude oil and natural gas in the Czech Republic, a limited potential of hydroelectric power plants, and a relatively small potential for the development of renewable energy. The current production of electricity is therefore based on two pillars: coal-burning and nuclear power plants. With respect to the lignite reserves that are time-limited, the Czech Republic will be obliged to modify its power production strategy in the future and change its energy best mix, i.e., the portfolio of the energy sources used so far. This article analyzes the possible role of uranium in creating the future energy portfolio of the Czech Republic. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Source


Sivek M.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava | Kavina P.,Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic | Jirasek J.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava | Maleckova V.,VSB - Technical University of Ostrava
Energy Policy | Year: 2012

The Czech Republic is the world's sixth largest exporter of electricity. It currently faces a fundamental decision on a new orientation of its energy strategy. Current electricity generation is based on coal (54.7%) and nuclear energy (32.7%). Nowadays the lifespan of the recoverabe reserves is less than 20 years in case of sub-bituminous coal and less than 2 years in case of uranium. Also the original lifespan of all 4 blocks of the power station Dukovany, one of county's two nuclear power plants, is approaching. These are the main reason why the Czech Republic is forced to revise its future energy strategy as well as its current optimal energy mix. This paper analyses the role of individual energy minerals in the future electricity generation portfolio of the Czech Republic. From the point of the energy security, it seems to be optimal to increase the availability of domestic sub-bituminous coal and continue with the preparation of new nuclear energy blocks and extending the lifespan of existing ones. These actions should be supported by investments to the geological survey of domestic uranium deposits. Impartial evaluation of RES potential and impact of their use on the electricity price is advisable simultaneously. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. Source

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