Call: Electricity, Gas, Smart Grids and CO₂ networks - Studies
|Type of Fund||Direct Management|
|Description of programme |
"Connecting Europe Facility for Energy"
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Energy is the EU funding programme to implement the Trans-European Networks for Energy policy. It aims at supporting investments in building new cross-border energy infrastructure in Europe or rehabilitating and upgrading the existing one.
A forward-looking, modern, secure and smart energy infrastructure will be key in delivering the European Green Deal. The Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) framework will be a key enabler towards the Union’s decarbonisation objectives for 2030 and 2050 while contributing to sector and market integration, security of supply and competition.
The TEN-E policy is focused on linking the energy infrastructure of EU countries. To address the energy infrastructure needs at regional and European level, nine priority corridors and three priority thematic areas have been identified in the TEN-E strategy. The Connecting Europe Facility programme supports the implementation of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) in these priority corridors and thematic areas.
The three priority thematic areas, which relate to the entire EU, include smart grids deployment, electricity highways, and a cross-border carbon dioxide network.
Smart grids deployment: increase deployment of smart grids to help integrate renewable energy and allow consumers to better regulate their energy consumption
Electricity highways: construction of electricity highways – large grids that allow electricity to be transported over long distances across Europe (e.g. from wind farms in the North and Baltic Seas to storage facilities in Scandinavia and the Alps)
Cross-border carbon dioxide network: development of transport infrastructure for captured CO2 through dedicated thematic groups.
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Electricity, Gas, Smart Grids and CO₂ networks - Studies
|Description of call |
"Electricity, Gas, Smart Grids and CO₂ networks - Studies"
This topic refers to projects for studies contributing to the implementation of a PCI. Studies in the meaning of CEF-Energy include activities needed to prepare PCI implementation, such as preparatory, mapping, feasibility, evaluation, testing and validation studies, including in the form of software, and any other technical support measure, including prior action to define and develop a PCI and decide on its financing, such as reconnaissance of the sites concerned and preparation of the financial package.
Only projects contributing to PCIs as identified in the Commission Delegated Regulation 2022/564 shall be eligible for support through EU financial aid in the form of grants. Pursuant to Article 14(1) of the TEN-E Regulation, PCIs falling under the categories set out in Annex II.1, 2 and 4 of the TEN-E Regulation are eligible for EU financial assistance in the form of grants for studies. Please note that failure to comply with the eligibility criteria indicated above will lead to the rejection of the application.
As laid down in Regulation (EU) 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (TEN-E Regulation), PCIs must contribute to at least one of the energy infrastructure priority corridors and thematic areas, feature overall benefits outweighing its costs and meet general and specific criteria in relation to their cross-border impact, market integration, competition, sustainability, security of supply and contribution to the decarbonisation of the energy sector. It is considered that the EU added value of an action related to a PCI is demonstrated by the PCI status itself.
In accordance with Article 20(4) of Regulation (EU) 2021/1153, particular consideration shall be given to PCIs and related projects aimed at further integrating the internal market for energy, ending energy isolation and eliminating electricity interconnection bottlenecks with emphasis on those PCIs contributing to the achievement of the interconnection target of at least 10% by 2020 and 15% by 2030 and PCIs contributing to synchronisation of electricity systems with the EU networks. In line with article 3 (2) b) of Regulation (EU) 2021/1153, this call for proposal puts priority on technologies and PCIs contributing to the decarbonisation of the economy.
It is expected that the financial assistance contributes to further the development and the implementation of PCIs, helping to achieve the broader TEN-E energy policy objectives.
As indicated in section 4 of the Annex to the Multi-annual Work Programme, it is expected that the financial assistance contributes to the further development and implementation of PCIs in electricity, smart grids, gas and cross-border carbon dioxide networks helping to achieve the broader CEF energy policy objectives of:
In accordance with recital 5 of the CEF Regulation (EU) 2021/1153 and in line with the Multi-annual Work Programme, this call for proposals aims at financing projects contributing to the goals and objectives of the European Green Deal, as well as the Paris Agreement and the 2030 climate and enegy targets and the EU's mid-term and long-term objectives in terms of decarbonisation.
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|Thematic Focus||Green Technologies & Green Deal, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation|
|Funding area|| EU Member States
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
|Origin of Applicant|| EU Member States |
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
|Eligible applicants||Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Public Services, Other, National Government, Start Up Company, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association, University, Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, NGO / NPO|
|Applicant details|| In order to be eligible,
the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must: |
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Proposal page limits and layout:
|Type of Funding||Grants|
|Financial details|| |
The available call budget for calls CEF-E-2022-PCI-STUDIES and CEF-E-2022-PCI-WORKS is EUR 800,000,000.
The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (maximum 50%).
|Submission||Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System. Paper submissions are NOTpossible.|