Jun 09 2017

EC creates website of NER300 project info

The European Commission has released a few paragraphs of information on the status of eleven NER300 projects. These are projects that have not yet entered into operation. Every year they must report on their progress towards operation as per the Annual Reporting Template downloadable from this page. The paragraphs are contained in one-page “public fact sheets” here.

Projects that have entered operation must share knowledge with other NER300 projects and with the public according to a different template (the ‘relevant knowledge collection forms’ here). Bioenergy projects, for example, are prompted for “Average monthly performance (e.g. in MWh) compared to target, including reliability and causes of downtime plus impacts of any changes to operating conditions and/or product(s) made (litres, tonnes, MJ and cubic metres)”. By now, DE BIOh Verbiostraw should have reported three years’ worth of data, IT BIOg BEST three and a half years’ worth and the wind project SE WINf Windpark Blaiken two years’ worth, but this information has not been published by the EC. No explanation has been given.

  1. NER300.com’s comment

    ***UPDATE 2 Aug 2017: Now the factsheet belonging to one operating project, Windpark Blaiken, has been put up, but it contains no information on the project’s performance.***

    ***UPDATE 28 June 2017: Many more public fact sheets have now been posted on the webpage, but still none pertaining to projects in operation.***

    Only eleven projects on the webpage?! Excluding those of withdrawn projects and of projects that are already operating, there should be 32 factsheets posted up.

    These reports were a long time coming. For years the EC received filled-in Annual Reporting Templates, but never found a way to summarise them for public consumption.

Jun 09 2017

European Court of Auditors to report on NER300 in 2018

The European Court of Auditors has confirmed that NER300 will be in the scope of a report it expects to publish in summer 2018 on the management of EU instruments supporting the large-scale demonstration of innovative renewable energy and carbon capture and storage technologies.

This report is a “priority audit task”, which it started this year. It and other such tasks are presented in its 2017 Work Programme.

Earlier this year it approached stakeholders to help define the scope of its work.

The ECA will not give any details of the content of its report until it has been published.