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Speaking at different events at the European Parliament over the last two days, DG CLIMA officials have hinted at a follow-on programme to NER300 (26 Nov 2013 Head of Unit Piotr Tulej speaking at ZEP event on CCS; 27 Nov 2013 Director Humberto Delgado-Rosa speaking at an ITRE committee hearing).
Any decision to set up a successor scheme to NER300 will depend on an evaluation exercise to be carried out in 2014 once the Award Decision in respect of the second round of NER300 has been published.
Delgado Rosa said of NER300, “I consider it successful.”
MEPs in the ITRE hearing were keen to see storage technologies included among the those that might be supported in future. Jacques Kiewit from Air Liquide (behind the Green Hydrogen CCS proposal), supported by MEP Chris Davies, called for more flexibility in the NER300 rules. In response, Delgado Rosa said it might be appropriate to “give the Commission more discretion” in a future scheme, but in the first round priority had been put on clear rules so that the EC could “be accountable towards Member States”.
The Industry, Research and Energy committee of the European Parliament has, at the last minute, organised a public hearing on NER300 and the European Energy Programme for recovery (a funding instrument set-up shortly before NER300). It will take place 0900-1100 on Wednesday 27 Nov 2013 in the European Parliament in Brussels.
The project ‘Gobigas phase 2′ (BIOc, SE) from the first call will report its experience of NER300 in a section of the programme called ‘Perspectives on NER300 and lessons learned’.
Then follows a section called ‘Opportunities next NER300 scheme’, where the idea of applying an NER300-type process to storage technologies will be examined.
As an official committee hearing, the event will be web-streamed. This link should take you to the web-stream.
On 11 September DG CLIMA invited Member States to review a draft ‘template for Annual Reporting’ that it had prepared. This is the report that, on 31 Dec of each year up to and including the year of (or following? – unclear) a project’s long-stop date, should describe the progress of the NER300 project concerned. It is distinct from the report that must be supplied to comply with NER300′s knowledge-sharing obligations. The Member States have until tomorrow to feed back comments to the EC. As the report will largely be compiled from information supplied by the Project Sponsor, some Member States have chosen to involve their Project Sponsors in the EC’s consultation.
NER300.com’s suggestions, embedded in the draft prepared by DG CLIMA, are downloadable here.
The EC will expect all Member States to follow the template in their Annual Reports once it has been agreed.
MEPs voted in the European Parliament on 11 September to proceed to a Second Reading on the revision of the RES-Directive to increase the greenhouse-gas savings from biofuels. One consequence of this will be to push back the date when discussions will reach a conclusion. Corinne Lepage, the MEP leading the EP’s discussions, said in a press conference following the vote that she did “not have too high hopes” (English interpretation) of a conclusion being reached before the EP elections in May 2014.
The EC has prepared a fourth edition of its FAQ. DG CLIMA apparently sent it in the evening of 27 June to people whose questions had been answered since the last FAQ but by 29 June, four and a half days before the deadline to submit applications to the Second Round, it is still not available to all on DG CLIMA’s NER300 website.
The EC addressed a question from NER300.com in its answer to FAQ 52. FAQ 52 explains how to perform relevant cost calculations compliantly, particularly concerning investment costs that are incurred over several years. NER300.com’s guidance note, interpreting the EC’s answer, is provided here.
The third edition of the FAQ has been published, with answers to previous questions renumbered compared to the previous edition.
At this stage in the first call, when the carbon price was 15 EUR/tonne, the EC had received notice of 22 intentions to submit CCS projects and 131 intentions to submit RES projects. This time, with the carbon price between 4.5 and 5 EUR/tonne, 9 intentions to submit CCS projects have been notified and 64 intentions to submit RES projects.
Further analysis is available to NER300.com clients.
The European Commission has published the parts of the Procedures Manual governing the Technical and Financial Due Diligence assessment for the Second Call. Notable changes compared to the First Call edition are the definition of ‘PUCRE’ (a quantity used for determining the relevant costs of bioenergy projects that choose to use the price of fossil fuel as a reference) and greater detail on the circumstances in which the EIB will recalculate a project’s relevant costs.
The steps to order the ranked technically and financially sound and eligible proposals, and determine which of them will receive an award was within the scope of the First Call Procedures Manual but is outside the scope of this Procedures Manual because they do not concern the due diligence assessment per se.
UPDATE 13-05-2013: FAQ 1 answers are published on DG CLIMA website.
More than month after the call for proposals, and a few days before the 15 May deadline for the Member States to notify the EC of the number and (sub-)category of the proposals they intend to submit (and whether or not they are re-applications from the first call), the EC looks set finally to release its first official set of FAQ answers on the second call.
The draft FAQ answers have already been circulated to at least some Member State contact points.