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Views sought on proposed contract changes for CfD AR6

On Tuesday 19 December, DESNZ issued a consultation on several proposed changes to the Standard Terms and Conditions (STCs) and the Private Network (PN) Agreement for Allocation Round 6 (AR6) of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, which is scheduled to open in March 2024.

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DESNZ consults on proposed CfD Sustainable Industry Reward from AR7

On Thursday 16 November, DESNZ published a consultation on its proposal to introduce a Contracts for Difference (CfD) Sustainable Industry Reward (SIR) from Allocation Round 7 (AR7) onwards. It noted that following feedback to its April 2023 call for evidence on the potential introduction of non-price factors into the CfD auction, it has decided to put forward more refined ideas for consultation and that going forward non-price factors will be referred to as the CfD SIR.

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Offshore wind strike price to rise 66% to £73/MWh for AR6

On Thursday 16 November, DESNZ announced that the maximum strike price has been increased by 66% for offshore wind projects, from £44/MWh to £73/MWh, and by 52% for floating offshore wind projects, from £116/MWh to £176/MWh ahead of Allocation Round 6 (AR6) of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme next year.

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Energy Act 2023 comes into force

On Thursday 26 October, the Energy Bill received Royal Assent and is now the Energy Act 2023. In a release on the same day, the government said that the Energy Act will transform the UK’s energy system by strengthening energy security, supporting the delivery of net zero and ensuring household bills are affordable in the long-term.