Nuclear energy represents the only alternative to fossil fuels and the only possibility for the country to meet pledges in the area of climate protection, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Jan Fischer said.

According to Fischer, the decision to build additional nuclear units in the Czech Republic will not be made by his interim government but by the new government which will take over after elections in October 2009.

The Prime Minister also stated that the country will be facing a shortage of electricity after 2015.

“The economic crisis can ease consumption but then we will see strong growth trends,” said Fischer.

The Czech Industry and Trade Minister, Vladimir Tosovsky, said the use of domestic energy sources and developing nuclear energy is one way of improving the country’s energy security.

“Nuclear energy sources offer a long-term, sustainable solution,” Tosovsky said before adding that nuclear energy is the purest way of solving the future scarcity of energy resulting from the revived growth of the world economy.

In past two years, the Czech discussion on nuclear energy has raised public support for this kind of energy, according to Tosovsky.

According to a Eurobarometer survey, Czechs and Lithuanians rank among the biggest advocates of nuclear-based electricity.

Completion of the nuclear power plant Temelin in southern Bohemia is presently subject to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process. If completion of the power plant begins in 2013, it could be in operation by 2020.