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SETIS Magazine, 
April 2017

Energy is one of the three target sectors of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). What funding opportunities are available for energy projects under the CEF and what do projects need to do to access this funding?

The Connecting Europe Facility in the field of energy (CEF Energy) provides funding to infrastructure projects in electricity, natural gas and smart grids with the aim to better interconnect energy networks towards a single energy market in Europe. The programme supports the key objectives of the Energy Union by promoting further integration of the internal energy market, enhancing security of energy supply and integrating energy from renewable sources into the network. To support these objectives, the EU has made available a total budget of EUR 5.35 billion for energy projects for the period 2014-2020, of which EUR 4.7 billion is to be allocated through grants managed by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).