The Clean Energy Partnership has decided to continue work beyond the originally planned project duration (until the end of 2016). Some CEP business partners, however, have already left the consortium. CEP’s chair, Thomas Bystry, told H2-international that six businesses had left by April 2017; particularly the energy utilities no longer felt that they were sufficiently represented within the partnership. But other organizations had been joining, meaning spring time was primarily used for contract negotiations.
These weren’t the only changes. Claudia Fried, a freelance PR consultant who had been CEP’s spokesperson from early 2011 through late 2016, left as well. As the CEP has not gotten any financial support from the government since the beginning of 2017, but has had to rely on member fees only, this year’s budget won’t be comparable to previous ones either.