Pre-contract Signature

The approach to CFD allocation is set out in the Contract for Difference (Allocation) Regulations 2014 (as amended). Please see the disclaimer on the right. CFD allocation is undertaken by National Grid, Electricity System Operator as the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body. More information on allocation can be found on their website.

In advance of an allocation round, Low Carbon Contracts Company Ltd processes Minor and Necessary (M&N) modification requests at the relevant stage. Following the conclusion of the CFD allocation, LCCC produces the CFD contracts and offers them to successful applicants.

Please visit the Allocation Round 3 Resource Portal for further details.

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Secure Email: Egress

Minor and Necessary Modification

Under the Contracts for Difference (Standard Terms) Regulations 2014 (“Regulations”), Generators may request Minor and Necessary Modifications to the Contract for Difference Standard Terms and Conditions. Generators can request these modifications from the date of publication of an allocation round notice until 20 working days before the allocation round closing date.

Low Carbon Contracts Company Ltd will assess all applications for minor and necessary modifications in accordance with the criteria set out in the Regulations.

See our guidance for the 2019 Allocation Round on applying for minor and necessary modifications.

If you would like to talk to us about minor and necessary modifications then please contact us at

Once an allocation round has opened, we will publish updated information.


Contract Production

We do not take part in the allocation of CFDs (this is a matter for National Grid, Electricity System Operator in its role as EMR Delivery Body), but we are responsible for drafting and issuing CFD upon receipt of the CFD notification referred to in Regulation 9(3) of the Contracts for Difference (Standard Terms) Regulations 2014 from the Delivery Body.  We use the information provided by the Delivery Body in the CFD notification to draft the Project specific CFD.

After we receive a CFD notification from the Delivery Body in respect of your project, before we send you a CFD, we will issue a letter notifying you of the processes and key dates that apply to your acceptance. See the timeline and sequence of events on the Allocation Round 3 Resource Portal.

In addition to the timescales within which you must sign and return your CFD, Generators should also note the timescales within which the Initial Conditions Precedent must be fulfilled following contract signature. Find out more in our Initial Conditions Precedent Guidance


Secure Email: Egress

LCCC will use the Egress secure email system for confidential communications with applicants entering into a CFD from the day of the CFD Notification from National Grid onwards.  Applicants will be able to receive and open Egress communications once they have registered.  Guidance on how to do this can be found here and we recommend you speak to your local IT support if you experience difficulties.  This free service will allow you to receive emails once you have registered. However, if an applicant would like to communicate back to LCCC using Egress then the Applicant will need to procure the Egress package.  It is for applicants to decide whether emails they send need to be sent by Egress and this decision will not impact LCCC’s receipt and treatment of such emails.


If you can’t find what you are looking for here, in our FAQs or on the Allocation Round 3 Resource Portal, please contact us at