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Commission seeks renewable energy projects

Altener II, the EU's multiannual framework programme for the promotion of renewable energy sources in the EU, is entering another phase of activity with the recent publication of a call for proposals for work in this area.

The call covers the following areas:

- Studies and other actions intended to implement and complement EU and Member States' measures to increase the potential of renewables;
- Pilot actions to create or extend infrastructure and instruments to develop renewable energy sources including:
. Local and regional planning;
. The tools for planning, design and evaluation;
. New financial and market instruments;
- Promotion and dissemination measures;
- Targeted actions to help renewable energies compete in the market place alongside traditional energy sources, and the relevant knowledge to facilitate the transition from demonstration to marketing, and encouraging investment by advising on the preparation and presentation of projects and their implementation.

The target actions will concern projects in the following areas:

- Biomass, including energy crops, fire wood, residues from forestry and agriculture, municipal waste that cannot be recycled, liquid biofuels and biogas;
- Thermal and photovoltaic solar systems;
- Passive and active solar systems in buildings;
- Small scale (<10 MW) hydropower projects;
- Wave energy;
- Wind power;
- Geothermal energy.

The call also seeks proposals for monitoring and support actions.

Further details of this call can be found in the official text published in the Official Journal of the European Communities, and also available on the Web.

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