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PR(09)60: Green light to the Norwegian scheme on support for alternative, renewable heating and electricity savings in private households

15.7.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today concluded that the Norwegian scheme on support for alternative, renewable heating and electricity savings in private households can be considered as compatible state aid.

The Authority assessed the scheme after receiving a complaint, in which the scheme's compatibility with the EEA Agreement was contested in light of the fact that wood burning stoves are not covered by the scheme.

The scheme is aimed at giving consumers an incentive to invest in certain environmentally friendly heating technologies to contribute to the reduction of the use of electricity in private households. The technologies covered by the scheme are pellet stoves and boilers, heat pumps and solar heating collectors connected to waterborne heating systems and control systems for reducing consumption of electricity.

The Authority has taken the view that the scheme indirectly confers subsidises certain undertakings active in the sector of the technologies covered by the scheme. In the Authority's view, the Norwegian authorities have provided a justification for not including wood-ovens in the scheme. The Authority has found the scheme to be compatible with Article 61(3)(c) EEA on the basis of its environmentally friendly objective.

The Decision will be published in the register of state aid decisions at the Authority's website.

 For further information, please contact:

Maria J. Segura Catalán
Deputy Director, Competition and State Aid Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 53, or

Christian Jordal
Competition and State Aid Directorate
Tel (+32)(0)2 286 18 89

 

Brussels, 15 July 2009





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