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Parliamentary question - E-002587/2017(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Arias Cañete on behalf of the Commission

The lessons learned from the NER (New Entrant Reserve) 300 implementation have been assessed in the evaluation study for the EU ETS (Emission Trading System) Directive[1] and the impact assessment for the proposal for the revision of the ETS Directive[2] and will be taken into account in the context of the work on the impact assessment for the detailed rules of the planned Innovation Fund.

To be eligible, a project must fall in one of the renewable energy or CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) categories set out in the NER 300 Decision[3], meet the capacity threshold of this technology category, be located in the EU territory, make a binding commitment to knowledge-sharing and be innovative in nature. The Commission verified that all awarded NER 300 projects under the first and second call[4] met the eligibility criteria.

So far four projects awarded under the first NER 300 call have been withdrawn by Member States, namely the Belgian smart grid SLim project as well as three bioenergy projects, the French UPM Stracel BTL, the Dutch Woodspirit and the Swedish Gobigas phase 2.