SSI 2017/451
15th December 2017
SI 2017/1289
19th December 2017

Consultation on changes to Contracts for Difference

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is consulting on n proposed amendments the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, which provides support for new low carbon electricity generation projects, to enable it to continue to support new generation and provide best value for bill payers in coming years.  Consultation closes 9th March 2018.

This consultation proposes:


  • refinements in relation to Advanced Conversion Technologies, to ensure that only more innovative and efficient plants are awarded subsidy;
  • changes to the overall efficiency requirements for Combined Heat and Power, to ensure that CfD supported plants are of a suitably high overall efficiency;
  • updated greenhouse gas emissions criteria that new projects using solid and gaseous biomass as feedstock will have to comply with.

The consultation also makes new proposals to facilitate more accurate forecasting of budget spend, and invites views on various other potential changes to the detailed terms of new CfD contracts.