Alena Vitásková was born on December 11, 1956 in Bohumín, in former Czechoslovakia. She has so far been very closely linked to the region of Moravia-Silesia and painfully takes notice of its problems.
The former communist regime did not allow her to study. Thus, at the age of 17 she joined the company Severomoravská plynárenská, in Ostrava, and from 1974 she worked there in various positions , for the last time as CEO and vice-chairman of the Board of directors.
The political injustice of the communist regime did not break her and, after taking up employment, she began to study a distance high school and then university. She graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Brno University of Technology in 1986.
Between 2001 and 2003 she worked at Transgas and RWE Transgas, as a chairwoman of the Board of directors and a CEO. She was responsible for preparing the privatization of the gas sector – then represented by only one, state owned company Transgas. This was the largest privatization transaction, with analysts expecting a privatization value of about CZK 80 billion. The sector was, thanks to perfect preparation by Alena Vitásková, sold for CZK 134 billion. For this reason, she also received the title of a Manager of the Year 2002.
Between 2004 and 2007, she was the chairwoman of the Board of directors in company Pražská teplárenská, a.s. From 1992 to 2011 she was the president of the Club of Gas Entrepreneurs of the Czech Republic.
She owned or co-owned a number of successful companies linked to the energy sector. Throughout all her professional career, she has supported number of charitable events, for example as a Vice-chair of the Supervisory Board of the Hrabyně Rehabilitation Institute, as a Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Livia and Václav Klaus Foundation, or as a member of the Board of directors of the International Music Festival Prague Spring (Pražské jaro).
From August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2017, she was the Chairwoman of the Energy Regulatory Office. In her position, she questioned the financing of renewable resources when shortly after her entry into the position of the Chair she took steps to quantify all impacts of this aid and initiated an amendment to the law and a stop of the support for newly build resources. She called for attention with the extremely high support for photovoltaic power plants, based outside of the legal framework, where public support behaved out of control in the past. Billions of crowns “flowed” to unknown accounts abroad. She also warned of the security risk involved.
Shortly after taking office, she drew the public‘s and legislator‘s attention to another “tunnel” in public finances in the form of prepared aid scheme for biomethane support. Political and lobbies interest groups prepared a scheme that could overall exceed the support set for photovoltaic power plants. Vitásková kept all blackmailing and threats by these groups away and has fully stopped all biomethane support.
Renewable resources support amounts up to CZK 45 billion annually (where approximately CZK 22 billion goes from state budget, the remaining part is covered from electricity consumers bills). All aid scheme is estimated at CZK 1 trillion for all period of it’s realization (without stopped biomethane support).
During her term in office, the Energy Regulatory Office has set a level playing field for all participants in the energy market. As a Chair, Vitásková consistently protected interests of consumers. She created all conditions needed to the regulated entities to ensure their development, investments to the extent that secures the safe supply of energy at a required quality. On the other hand, she has always considered affordable prices for final consumers as one of her goals as a Chair.
She was repeatedly confronted with the energy law legislator, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, especially in view of the fundamental shortcomings in legislation that had a negative impact on energy market participants and consumers.
In her role as a Chair, she faced, among other things, countless attacks trying to end her term of office before the due date. Attacks on her person and office were even discussed by the State Security Council. Although she did not ask for it, she was given intensified police protection for one year as she was also threatened with life.
She has become an inconvenient person for the political and lobbist structures. She was accused and judged in fraudulent criminal proceedings. (more information on the criminal case can be found at http://drzaholka.cz/)
In spite of all difamation efforts, including media campaigns funded by interest groups, she had successfully completed her six-year term.
Throughout her tenure as an ERO Chairwoman, she has been supported by the President of the Czech republic, Mr. Miloš Zeman, especially for the work she has done for czech society and the citizens of the country.
During her term in Office, she began her literary work and published her first book “At the Doorstep of a Prison”. In collaboration with the Olympia publishing house, she released the Solar Barons trilogy. The first two parts, “Solar Barons – Organized Crime” and “Solar Barons II – Preparation of My Murder” have already been delivered into Czech stores. The last part of the trilogy “Solar Barons III – The Thieves in the Gowns” will be released next year.
After her term in Office, in August 2017, she founded the Alena Vitásková Institute, whose main activity is Protection and Promotion of Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms.
Alena Vitásková has signed the Conclusions of the Euro-Asian Women’s Forum in St. Petersburg (2015). She also received a number of awards not only for her work but also for charity. She was appointed the Order of Queen Eliška Přemyslovna.
She has one son, two grandchildren, enjoys playing golf and devotes herself to literary activities. She is not indifferent to socio-political development. She often criticizes the moral decline in society, where human life loses its value and where material goods outweigh all other values. In her books she sets a mirror of today’s society, depicting the poverty of today’s wealth. She has taken a very critical position on today’s corrupt political-lobbies system. She is asking for a very needed redress when it is still possible.