Second phases of the UK offshore wind farms receiving payments under the Contract for Difference scheme.

The second phases of the East Anglia 1 and Hornsea 1 offshore wind farms have met operational milestones and have now started to receive payments under their Contracts for Difference (CfD).

About 285MW at EA1 and 400MW at Hornsea 1 passed the tests required for the Low Carbon Contracts Company’s (LCCC’s) operational conditions precedent by 31 March to start receiving CfD payments.

LCCC is the designated counterparty for CfD contracts awarded to generators under the government scheme.

LCCC chief executive Neil McDermott said: “While the country has had to cope with the impact of coronavirus on daily life, it is good to see progress being maintained on our path to decarbonisation.

“I congratulate the developers of East Anglia 1 and Hornsea 1 on being able to significantly add to our supply of low-carbon electricity safely and effectively, and I am proud of the LCCC team being able to help them past this milestone while working entirely remotely.”

Total operational capacity at EA1 will be 714MW and 1.2GW at Hornsea 1 (pictured).

A number of operational projects have now reached the final contractual hurdle in the development process, the Final Installed Capacity milestone, LCCC said.

They are three offshore wind farms – Dudgeon, phase one of Walney 3 and the Burbo Bank extension – and two onshore wind farms at Brenig and Mynydd Y Gwair.