Sunday, 30 July 2017

State Aid: ESA greenlights Norwegian hydrogen aid

Source: "State Aid: ESA greenlights Norwegian hydrogen aid", European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Surveillance Authority (ESA), 25th July 2017

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has approved a total of NOK 25 million (approx. EUR 2.65 million) in state aid to support the development of hydrogen refuelling stations in the Norwegian county of Akershus.

“The purpose of this scheme is to support a shift from fossil fuels to an environmentally friendly alternative in Norway,” says ESA President Sven Erik Svedman.

The five-year scheme aims to encourage the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel. Over time, Norwegian authorities hope to see an increase in the number of hydrogen cars and a reduction in the use of fossil fuels in the transport sector. 

Operators of hydrogen refuelling stations may apply for grants to cover the operating costs, or a share of these. Each beneficiary under the scheme can receive aid for a maximum of three years. The budget for each of the five years the scheme will run is NOK 5 million.

Norwegian authorities also plan to grant investment aid to the refuelling infrastructure, which is a type of aid that is exempted from notification to ESA.

For more information, please see today's decision or contact:

Ms. Anne Vestbakke
Head of Communications
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mob. +32 490 57 63 53

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