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About 60,000 Czech Households Use Hydropower Electricity

small hydropower plant
small hydropower plant

Use of renewable energy sources while generating electricity is quite an important thing for saving our environment and also for optimizing expenses on energy. Hydropower is the mostly used among such sources and the Czech Republic makes no exception exploiting its benefits. informs that in 2008 20 small hydropower plants and 1 big one belonging to ČEZ, the Czech energetic company, produced 212.3 gigawatt hour of electricity. According to ČEZ CEO Josef Sedlák, such amount of generated electricity is enough for 60,000 households for one whole year.

Mr. Sedlák also reported that in 2008 ČEZ generated 4.5 million kilowatt hour of electricity more then during the previous calendar year. Such growth became possible due to combination of favorable natural conditions and increase in turbines efficiency. The most advantageous month for hydropower plants were March and April because plenty of water was available during springtime. About 30 million kilowatt hour of electricity were generated during those two months.

The major hydropower producer of the year among the small plants became the plant in Střekov, it created about 80 million kilowatt hour of electricity. The second and third places respectively were occupied by Vydra plant generated 30 million kilowatt hour and Obříství hydropower plant with its 14 million kilowatt hour of electricity. In total those three leading plants produced 58 percent of ČEZ renewable energy output.

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Date: 19/02/2009

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