PR(09)15: Norwegian Bioenergy Scheme compatible with the EEA Agreement
Today, the Authority approved the Bioenergy Scheme notified by the Norwegian authorities. The Authority assessed the scheme on the basis of the Authority’s Guidelines on state aid for environmental protection and concluded that the scheme was in conformity with these Guidelines.
The objective of the notified aid scheme is to promote and increase the production and use of renewable energy for heating and thereby to reduce the emission of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. The scheme is aimed at generating bioenergy activities within the agricultural and forestry sector, but all sectors will be eligible under the scheme. State support will be available for farm heating, greenhouse heating, sale of heating, production of biofuel used for transportation, for cogeneration units producing both electricity and heat and for environmental studies.
The scheme will be administrated by Innovation Norway. The Norwegian authorities plan to allocate NOK 35 million (approximately EUR 4 million) per year under the scheme for a period until 1 January 2014.
The Decision will be published in the register of state aid decisions at the Authority’s website.
For further information, please contact:
Per Andreas Bjørgan
Director, Competition and State Aid Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 36
Brussels, 18 February 2009