Today, it is not possible for municipalities to compete for gas suppliers for next year. However, the guarantee of supplies is the basis of the functioning of the institutions established by them, points out the mayor of Lukl

Today, it is not possible for municipalities to compete for gas suppliers for next year. However, the guarantee of supplies is the basis of the functioning of the institutions established by them, points out the mayor of Lukl
Today, it is not possible for municipalities to compete for gas suppliers for next year. However, the guarantee of supplies is the basis of the functioning of the institutions established by them, points out the mayor of Lukl

The Union of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic is demanding a crisis scenario from the government that would help municipalities with high energy prices and guarantee their supplies. “The situation is so critical today that it is not possible to compete for the gas supplier for next year,” warns the mayor of Kyjova and the chairman of the Union of Towns and Municipalities František Lukl.

Guests:
František Luklchairman of the Union of Towns and Municipalities, mayor of Kyjova (candidates in municipal elections as an independent candidate)
Jan Krizdeputy for managing the environmental economics section
Eva Mariničováproject coordinator from the Center for Transport and Energy
Josef Mlejnekpolitical scientist, Institute of Political Studies Department of Political Science FSV UK

The second problem, which the union will solve with the government on Friday, is the high price of energy, because of which municipalities have to limit investments and fundamentally save even in operation.

“At the end of the year, most local governments end their fixation and do not have a tendered supplier for next year. The supply guarantee is the basis for the functioning of schools, kindergartens and other institutions established by municipalities,” explains Lukl.

Investments in more economical operations

According to the Minister of the Environment Anna Hubáčková (KDU-ČSL), cost-saving measures in the area of ​​energy efficiency of buildings and operations must go hand in hand with the creation of new renewable energy sources.

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According to Lukl, however, in the area of ​​investments in renewable sources, the main obstacle for municipalities is complex legislation that does not allow the rapid creation of new energy sources.

“For example, when you place photovoltaic panels on one building, you can only consume the energy produced there.” That is why, according to him, the interconnection of the network within municipalities, which could eventually become energy-independent communities, is also important.

The Ministry of the Environment is currently preparing an operational program in which it should proceed using the so-called simplified reporting method. In such a case, the municipalities should not report individual items in the invoices, but only the achieved goals within individual projects.

Although the demand is there, the money is not being pumped in as much as we would like.

Eva Mariničová

“The aim is primarily to simplify the legislation in terms of sharing produced electricity, i.e. to make it possible to transfer energy from one place to another,” explains Jan Kříž, Deputy Minister for Management of the Environmental Economy Section of the Ministry of the Environment. According to him, a new energy law should be published by the end of the year, which will include simplification.

Inappropriate use of subsidy money

“The Czechia currently has a huge amount of money available from European funds, part of which is also intended for municipalities. However, we do not use the funds efficiently. At the local level, we see that although there is a demand, the money is not being used as we would like,” says Eva Mariničová, project coordinator from the Center for Transport and Energy.

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According to her, the reason is primarily the administrative burden, which prevents greater use of subsidies at the municipal level. A number of municipalities also struggle with a lack of competences and complain of low support and advice.

“Municipalities have to invest a lot of money upfront without being able to count on receiving the subsidy in the end. And that is discouraging for a number of smaller municipalities that lack know-how,” Mariničová explains.

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