UK picks 12 CCS, renewable projects for EU funding

The UK's Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has submitted seven CCS and five renewable energy projects to the European Investment Bank (EIB) for funding.
The European Commission can choose up to three projects per European member state to receive a share of a EUR4.5bn ($6.4bn) support scheme.
Reuters reports that the UK projects that the energy ministry picked to bid for EU funding included Drax, Alstom and National Grid's North Yorkshire project, Peel Energy's Ayrshire project and the Don Valley Power Project in Yorkshire, which received fresh funding from its new owner 2CoEnergy on 9 May.
The European "New Entrant Reserve 300" (NER300) fund to support CCS technology was agreed in 2008 by the European Council, which sets out the general political direction of the bloc.
Next to innovative renewable energy projects, up to 12 CCS projects are expected to be given a share of the proceeds from the sale of 300m carbon permits called EU Allowances (EUAs) from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme's (EU ETS) New Entrants' Reserve. Two UK projects withdrew their application for funding before Monday's deadline, but the energy ministry refused to reveal their names, saying the information was commercially sensitive.
"Both those projects may compete for UK funding in the future, depending on the timing and criteria of the UK competition," a spokesman said. Britain is running a separate CCS funding scheme, which will cover costs for four projects of up to GBP9.5bn ($15.6bn). The UK competition was opened to gas fired projects in November.

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