Contracts for Difference (CFD) Scheme

Information relating to the Contracts for Difference (CFD) allocation rounds held this Parliament will be published on these pages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our FAQ document, which sets out answers to policy questions in relation to CFD Allocation Rounds. We will keep this document up to date as new questions arise.

Contracts for Difference FAQs

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For questions relevant to our delivery partners, please visit either the Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) or National Grid.

Stakeholder Events

We will publish material in relation to CFD stakeholder events on this page.

Event on 1 December 2016

National Grid as EMR Delivery Body, Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) co-hosted an ‘Introduction to CFD Allocation Round’ event on 1 December 2016 following the announcement on the 9 November which set out details in relation to the second CFD allocation round.

This event provided an introduction to the CFD process, best estimates of the round timeline and an opportunity to meet with representatives from the key delivery partners (National Grid - EMR Delivery Body and LCCC/ESC) as well as key energy policy representatives from BEIS.

Slides from 1 December event

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Applicant Readiness event - 16 March 2017

National Grid as EMR Delivery Body, Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) co-hosted an “Applicant Readiness for CFD Allocation Round’ event on 16 March 2017 following the announcement on the 13 March which set out final details in relation to the second CFD allocation round.

This event provided further information to help Applicants finalise preparation for the CFD Allocation Round due to open on 3 April 2017 and an opportunity to meet with representatives from the key delivery partners (National Grid - EMR Delivery Body and LCCC/ESC) as well as key energy policy representatives from BEIS.

Slides from 16 March event

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Stakeholder update

In 2014 the European Commission approved the Contracts for Difference (CFD) scheme for state aid purposes, on the basis of the Guidelines on State Aid for environmental protection and energy 2014-2020 (the EEAG 2014). The UK has transparency obligations in relation to state aid approved under the EEAG. These obligations require details of aid granted under the CFD scheme to be published, including details of individual beneficiaries, the total amount of aid granted, the location of the project, and the sector of activity. This requirement will apply in respect of all aid granted under CFDs awarded in the second and subsequent CFD allocation rounds.

Successful applicants will be required to provide the relevant information to the UK government (or LCCC as the CFD Counterparty) to be uploaded to the European Commission’s state aid transparency website, which will then be updated annually.

LCCC will be in contact with successful applicants in the second CFD allocation round to provide further information in relation to this requirement and the process to be followed post contract award. The obligation does not apply in respect of awards of aid of less than EUR 500,000.

Further guidance on state aid.

Stakeholder bulletin list

June 6 2018: Stakeholder bulletin

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May 16 2018: Stakeholder bulletin

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August 3 2017: Stakeholder bulletin

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June 14 2017: Stakeholder bulletin

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June 6 2017: Stakeholder bulletin

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May 23 2017: Stakeholder bulletin

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April 11 2017: Stakeholder bulletin

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April 3 2017: Stakeholder bulletin

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March 2017: Stakeholder bulletin

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February 2017: Stakeholder Bulletin

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Contact details

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