Prague - The share of renewable sources of energy should not increase very much because they are expensive, drain the state budget through subsidies and raise prices for households and producer, President Milos Zeman said today.
Nuclear energy, on the other hand, has a future as it does not produce greenhouse gases, Zeman said during the opening of a joint Czech-U.S. Civil Nuclear Cooperation Center at the Technical University (CVUT) in Prague.
"I am convinced that nuclear energy will have a growing place in the energy mix, partly for environmental reasons," Zeman said.
Subsidies for renewable sources of energy represent the highest burden for the state budget, Zeman stressed.
The USA has markedly cheaper energy than the EU, which is reflected in its better economic growth, Zeman noted.
Prague and Washington today started another stage of cooperation in nuclear energy. Besides the opening of the Civil Nuclear Cooperation Center, Czech Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mladek and United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz are to sign an agreement on cooperation in civil research and development in the nuclear energy sector this afternoon.
Both ministers are also to discuss the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, energy safety, shale gas and the possibility of its exports from the USA to EU countries, a new agreement on transatlantic commercial and investment partnership, the project of completion of the Czech nuclear power plant of Temelin, and the project of cooperation in research and development of fourth-generation high-temperature reactors.