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.
On May 31, 2017, the East-Bavarian Institute for Technology Transfer based in Regensburg, Germany, went out of business. Also known as OTTI, it filed for insolvency on Oct. 27, 2016, when it was on the verge of not being able to meet its financial obligations, and insolvency proceedings commenced on Feb. 1, 2017. No potential investor could be found and four decades of conference organizing came to an end this year.