"A multiannual programme for the promotion of renewable
energy sources in the Community - Altener II (1998 to 2002)".
No 646/2000/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 28 February 2000 adopting
the multiannual programme for the promotion of renewable energy sources in the
Community (Altener) (1998-2002). (OJ L 79 of 30.03.2000).
for proposals for the promotion of increased use of renewable energy sources in
the European Community 2001 (OJ C63 of 28.02.2001).
Altener II is the non-technology programme for the promotion
of renewable energies in the European Union. The main objectives of the programme
are to help create the necessary legal, socio-economic and administrative conditions
for the implementation of a Community plan for renewables and furthermore, to
encourage private and public investments in the production and use of energy from
Target public/ beneficiaries
Regional and local authorities, organisations,
individuals, public and private enterprises, as well as existing Union-wide networks,
or temporary groupings of organisations and/or enterprises formed for the purpose
of carrying out particular projects in the countries of the European Union or
the European Economic Area (EEA).
The programme shall be open to cooperation
with the Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC), who are in the pre-accession
phase, as well as cooperation with Cyprus.
Proposals should involve at
least two non-affiliated partners from different Member States or the EEA.
On 28 February 2000, the European Parliament and the Council
approved a multiannual energy framework programme for 1998-2002, which includes
Altener (the promotion of renewable energy sources) and Save (the promotion of
The call for proposals for 2001 was published in the
OJ C63 on the 28 February 2001.
Actions and measures aimed at developing the potential
of renewable energy sources which will be financed under Altener include:
and other actions, intended to implement and complement Community and Member States'
measures aimed at developing the potential of renewable energy sources. These
include the development of sector and market strategies; the development of norms
and certifications; comparative analyses of the environmental impact and the long-term
cost/benefit trends resulting from the use of traditional forms of energy and
the use of renewable energy sources; the analysis of the legal, socio-economic
and administrative conditions which are more favourable to the penetration of
renewable energies and the preparation of appropriate legislation;
Pilot actions aimed at creating or extending infrastructures and instruments for
the development of renewable energy sources in local and regional planning, the
tools for planning, design and evaluation, and new financial and market instruments;
and dissemination measures to develop information, education and training structures;
to encourage the exchange of experience and know-how aimed at improving coordination
between international, Community, national, regional and local activities; establishment
of a centralised system for collecting, prioritising, and circulating information
and know-how on renewable energy sources;
- Targeted actions facilitating
the market penetration of renewable energy sources and relevant know-how, in order
to facilitate the transition from demonstration to marketing, and encouraging
investment by advising on the preparation and presentation of projects and their
The aim of these targeted actions is to facilitate and
accelerate investment in new operational capacity for the production of energy
from renewable sources, in particular by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),
by providing financial support in order to reduce the peripheral and service costs
of renewable energy projects and thus overcome the non-technical obstacles present.
targeted actions will concern projects carried out in the following areas: biomass
(including energy crops, firewood, residues from forestry and agriculture, municipal
waste, liquid biofuels and biogas); thermal and photovoltatic solar systems; passive
and active solar systems in buildings; small-scale (<10 MW) hydropower projects;
wind power; geothermal and wave energy.
- Monitoring and evaluation
actions intended to: monitor the implementation of the Community strategy and
action plan for the development of renewable energy sources; support initiatives
taken to implement the action plan and the campaign for take-off, particularly
with a view to promoting better coordination and greater synergy between actions;
monitor the progress achieved by the Community and its Member States with regard
to the development of renewable energy sources; evaluate the cost-effectiveness
of actions and measures undertaken under the Altener programme.
Rural dimension/examples of activities in rural areas
managed by the Irish Electricity Supply Board in cooperation with a group of Irish
consultants involves an examination of the potential for cultivating biomass in
Ireland as part of the National Development Plan for renewable energy. This will
include identification of resources and examination of costs and benefits in developing
biomass. The result will be a set of guidelines on the economics and implications
of biomass projects. Specific project proposals will be developed for the most
promising use of the resource.
Nature and amount of aid
For actions and measures referred to in
points 1), 3), and 5) of the paragraph ²eligible actions², the costs
shall be borne by the Community. Where a body other than the Commission proposes
a measure covered by point 3) of the "eligible actions", the Community¢s
financial contribution will not exceed 50% of the total cost of the project, the
balance being made up from either public or private sources or both. For actions
and measures referred to under point 2) the Community contribution will not exceed
50% of the total cost, the balance being made up from either public or private
sources or both. For actions and measures referred to under point 4) the level
of funding will be established annually for each of the targeted actions.
Community financial support
The budget for ALTENER, the multiannual
programme for the promotion of renewable energy, amounts to EUR 74 million for
The Directorate General for Energy and Transport
of the European Commission shall be responsible for the financial execution and
implementation of the programme and shall be assisted by a committee composed
of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the
Additional sources of information
- European Commission,
Directorate General for Energy and Transport/C-2,
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200,
Fax: +32 2 296
of publication: 03/01