The reference price for baseload generation under the UK FIT CfD contracts scheme (implementation thereof is intended in summer 2014 already) will initially be calculated from the two reference prices each year; one set every six months, however, the concrete set of indices and their weightings are yet to be confirmed, thus financial assessments are still not viable.

Moreover, the longer term intention is to move in that regard to year-ahead forward prices and the  unknown mechanics of this transition adds to the investors' risks.

 
Pursuant to analysis performed on the occasion of the UK energy market reform, capacity instruments will most likely not be a financial instrument for the purposes of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (2004/39/EC)("MiFID"). Such instruments would not be within scope of European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) as well. 
 

 

The intended UK capacity market, the major milestones thereof have been recently revealed, appears to reflect the key points of the European Commission' recent consultation on State aid criteria to be applied to capacity mechanisms.

 

 

Capacity mechanisms attempt to ensure that electricity undertakings (often suppliers) assume the responsibility to provide or pay for generation capacity which they would not otherwise do, or at least not to the same extent, considering only their own commercial interests. According to the European Commission’s stance it is possible that such a mechanism constitutes a public service obligation and involve State aid. The above notwithstanding, UK prepares for capacity auctions from 2014 for delivery of capacity in the winter of 2018/19, if needed.