Senate head expresses reserves about moves to curb solar power boom
Senate head Milan Štěch said the upper house is searching for greater assurances that government moves to curb the costs of a solar power boom are legally watertight. Speaking on television Sunday, Mr. Štěch said that lawyers from the upper house’s legislative unit had raised a series of warning that the country could face expensive arbitration proceedings due to government moves against solar power companies. The government has imposed taxes on solar power companies, increased taxes on land changes and cut state support for solar generated power as part of moves to stop electricity price rises next year exceeding 5.5 percent. Mr. Štěch said the Senate might withhold backing for the government moves as a protest move. This would still allow them to go ahead by the end of the year but clearly focus any blame for future problems on the government.