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UK, Contracts for Difference: COVID-19 may be eligible for Force Majeure relief, LCCC announces

  • United Kingdom
  • Energy and infrastructure - Clean energy


The Low Carbon Contracts Company (“LCCC”), the counterparty for the UK’s Contracts for Difference (“CFD”) scheme, issued an advice note on 7 April 2020 confirming that COVID-19 is capable of constituting a Force Majeure event under CFD Agreement.

A generator with a CFD may therefore be able to suspend its obligations or delay deadlines by invoking the standard CFD Force Majeure clause, where the COVID-19 outbreak, or measures to contain it, prevents or delays them from performing their obligations under the CFD.

The LCCC stated that any claim for Force Majeure relief as a result of delays caused by COVID-19 to a particular project will be assessed on the facts provided by the generator in question on a case by case basis.

The LCCC have indicated that they intend to take a reasonable and pragmatic approach to this.

You can view our global Force Majeure guide by clicking here.

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