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NER300 may put carbon capture and storage before renewables

A second round of funding under the NER300 scheme is feared to neglect renewable energy projects in favour of carbon capture and storage (CCS). The minutes from the Climate Change Committee – 64th session showed that some “Member States stressed the need of ensuring that CCS projects would be awarded funding under the second call, while others highlighted the importance that RES projects would not be neglected under the second call”. Clean energy associations may ask the European Commission to reallocate unspent money from last year to renewables projects. When the first round of funding was decided, no CCS projects met the Commissions criteria and therefore it is argued that the money should automatically be given to renewables. More than €250m, originally allocated to a French CCS projects, is up for grabs. NER300 is funded from the sale of 300 million emission allowances from the New Entrants Reserve (NER) set up for the third phase of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). Funding for allowances are less than the first round as fewer carbon allowances are being monetised and the price they reach has dropped. The first round of NER300 raised €1.5bn while at Thursday’s carbon price for December the second round would only have raised around €525m and carbon prices are likely to fall further. On the 10th April, the commission will be holding an information event with the “purpose is to assist the member states in planning next steps after the first round of awards, answer their questions on the implementation of the first call for proposals and facilitate information exchange”. READ MORE

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