Projects of Common Interest are eligible for funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the EU's €30 billion fund for boosting energy, transport, and digital infrastructure.
Under the first call 2018, a total of €48.4 million in CEF grants was allocated to 8 PCIs to undertake studies, of which 4 are in the electricity sector, 2 in the gas sector, 1 for smart grids, and 1 for carbon capture technology.
List of projects selected for funding under the first CEF Energy call for proposals 2018
A total of €873 million in CEF grants was allocated to 17 PCIs in 2017, 8 in the electricity sector and 9 in the gas sector. 4 were for construction works and 13 for studies.
A total of €707 million in grants was allocated to 27 PCIs in 2016 after two calls for proposals. Of these grants, 11 were for projects in the electricity sector and 15 for projects in the gas sector; 1 was for a smart grid project. 8 grants were for construction works and 19 for studies.
In 2015 a total of €366 million from the CEF was allocated to 35 PCIs. Of those, 20 were in the gas sector and 15 in the electricity sector. The bulk of the support went to projects in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe as well as in the Baltic region.
Under the 2014 CEF call, €647 million was allocated to PCIs and 34 proposals were selected to receive grants for studies or works. The majority of projects involved electricity and gas transmission lines, but the list also featured electricity storage projects, underground gas storage projects, and LNG terminals. The bulk of funds went to proposals addressing urgent security of supply needs in the Baltic region.