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Czechs will keep German power links open: PM

04 april 2012, 13:34
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (l) and Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas.   ©AFP
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (l) and Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas. ©AFP
The Czech Republic will keep its power links with Germany intact despite concerns about energy surges into its grid produced by wind farms in its neighbour, AFP reports citing Prime Minister Petr Necas.

When nearby German wind farms produce too much energy locally, it is transferred into neighbouring country networks but this has upset some Czech officials who feel Berlin should as a result contribute to investment in their grid.

Poland to the north, also affected by such power surges, has already started to build facilities such as transformers to cope with them.

"It is not my government's policy to build transformers and separate our energy networks although we have objective problems with cross-border overflows mainly because of renewable (energy) sources in northern Germany," Necas said.

Germany, which has decided to phase out nuclear power by 2022, built 895 wind turbines last year with a total capacity of 2,007 megawatts, up 30 percent on 2010, according to data from the wind power association BWE.

German windmills had total installed output of 29,000 Megawatts at the end of last year.

"Our policy ... involves boosting the Czech grid and rather significant investment in the years to come," Necas said after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Prague.

Czech state-run grid operator CEPS expects to invest about 63 billion koruna (2.57 billion euros, $3.4 billion) by 2024 to boost its network.

Merkel said the construction of energy networks was important for Germany too, mainly because of wind energy.

"We are trying to accelerate the approvals procedure as much as possible. We have made significant progress in approving the northern German network," she said.

"We are glad the Czech Republic doesn't want to cut itself off but that it instead cooperates on the idea of a single European energy market," Merkel said.

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