Joint response to Contracts for Difference consultation
Community Energy Scotland has submitted a joint response with Community Energy Wales and Community Energy England to the BEIS consutation on Contracts for Difference for Low Carbon Electricity Generation.
The UK Government Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy released the consultation to seek views on a number of proposed changes to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme to ensure it continues to support low carbon electricity generation at the lowest possible cost to consumers. CfDs incentivise investment in renewable energy by providing developers of projects with high upfront costs and long lifetimes with direct protection from volatile wholesale prices, and they protect consumers from paying increased support costs when electricity prices are high.
The consultation proposes changes to the CfD scheme that would, if implemented, apply to contracts awarded through future allocation rounds, the next of which is planned to open in 2021 subject to any required state aid approval of planned changes.
More information on the consultation can be found here on the UK Government's website.
A copy of the response by CES, CEW and CEE can be read here.
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