05 Jun '18, 8am

CEZ: Moving from #coal to #clean

Czech energy giant CEZ is among the major European utilities to have pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050 as signatories to Eurelectric’s 2017 Vision document. But with lignite and hard coal providing 48% of its energy, and most of that lignite coming from its own mines — and the Czech population being generally unfavourable towards renewables — CEZ faces one of the toughest routes to decarbonisation. So how exactly is CEZ planning to make its transition to clean energy? First of all, says Zuzana Krejcirikova, CEZ’s director for public affairs, the utility will stop building new coal-fired power stations — with the 660MW Ledvice plant in the country’s northwest, currently undergoing a two-year trial operation, being the last completed plant. “Most of our coal power plants will be phased out between 2020 and 2040,” she tells Recharge . “If you ask the precise timings fo...

Full article: http://www.rechargenews.com/transition/1502718/cez-moving...

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