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State aid: Green light given for aid to Eidsiva Bioenergi AS



The EFTA Surveillance Authority today approved Enova's plans to pay NOK 120.5 millon to Eidsiva Bioenergi AS for the construction of a district heating plant based on renewable energy, including a distribution network for heating and steam.

The grant will be made under the Norwegian Energy Fund Scheme (Energifondsordningen).[1]

Due to its high amount, the aid had to be cleared by the Authority under the EEA state aid rules. These rules allow the EEA States to  support environmental objectives where, on balance, the environmental benefits outweigh potential distortions of competition.

Eidsiva Bioenergi AS will generate the district heating from renewable sources and replace existing combustion of oil. Thus, the Authority has found that the positive environmental effects outweigh the limited effect of the aid on competition.

A non-confidential version of the Decision will be published in the register of state aid decisions on the Authority's website, usually within a month of the date of the Decision.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Trygve Mellvang-Berg
Press and Information Officer
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
Mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

[1] Scheme approved in 2011 (Decision No 248/11/COL ).

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