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cover progress on the delivery of smart meters to domestic and micro-businesses,

 

including—

 

(a)    

progress against the smart metering impact assessments;

 

(b)    

the number of smart meters installed in the United Kingdom including

 

any national or regional trend;

 

(c)    

the estimated benefits to consumers, taxpayers and industry of the smart

 

meter rollout, with particular reference to low income and vulnerable

 

consumers;

 

(d)    

estimated effects on the levels of fuel poverty;

 

(e)    

the estimated energy and carbon reduction from the smart meter rollout;

 

(f)    

the degree to which interoperability of smart meters has been achieved;

 

(g)    

customer satisfaction indicators, including levels of complaint; and

 

(h)    

security of smart meters and smart grids including in relation to privacy

 

and commercial confidentiality.’.

 


 

Disclosure of energy performance certificates in connection with sale or letting out

 

Luciana Berger

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Not moved  NC38

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

This section applies where—

 

(a)    

a property, or a lease of a property, is to be sold; or

 

(b)    

a property is to be let out—

 

(i)    

under a tenancy or licence agreement; and

 

(ii)    

on the basis that the prospective tenant or licensee is to be liable

 

for paying the energy bills for the property.

 

(2)    

The seller or prospective landlord or licensor must—

 

(a)    

obtain a valid energy performance certificate in accordance with energy

 

performance regulations made under the Building Act 1984 or any

 

succeeding energy performance legislation; and

 

(b)    

provide this certificate free of charge to any prospective buyer, tenant or

 

licensee at the specified time.

 

(3)    

An obligation under subsection (2) may be discharged by an agent.

 

(4)    

For the purposes of subsection (2), a person becomes a prospective buyer, tenant

 

or licensee in relation to a property when the person—

 

(a)    

requests any information about the property from the seller, prospective

 

landlord or licensor or an agent for the purpose of deciding whether to

 

buy or let the property;

 

(b)    

makes a request to view the property for the purpose mentioned in

 

paragraph (a); or

 

(c)    

makes an offer, whether oral or written, to buy or let the property.

 

(5)    

For the purposes of subsection (2), an energy performance certificate is only valid

 

if—

 

(a)    

the certificate relates to a period that is no more than one year from the

 

time that the certificate was issued; and


 
 

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(b)    

the person required to provide the certificate has no reasonable grounds

 

to suspect that the energy performance information on the certificate is

 

no longer accurate.

 

(6)    

For the purposes of this section—

 

(a)    

an agent is a person acting on behalf of a seller or prospective landlord or

 

licensor in the sale or letting out of a property;

 

(b)    

specified, in relation to time, means specified in regulations made by the

 

Secretary of State.’.

 


 

Supplementing the Energy Company Obligation

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Not moved  NC39

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State must, within six months of this Bill receiving Royal

 

Assent, report to Parliament with proposals on the ways in which the Energy

 

Company Obligation could be supplemented by—

 

(a)    

auction revenues from the European Union Emissions Trading System,

 

(b)    

revenues from the Carbon Floor Price, and

 

(c)    

such other funds as considered appropriate by the Secretary of State.’.

 


 

Support from the Green Investment Bank

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Withdrawn  NC40

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State must, within six months of this Bill receiving Royal

 

Assent, report to Parliament with proposals on the ways in which the Green

 

Investment Bank could maximise the take-up of the Green Deal.

 

(2)    

The report required by subsection (1) shall include an examination of the extent

 

to which interest rates linked to the repayment of Green Deal loans can be

 

lowered through action taken by the Green Investment Bank, and the impact this

 

may have on consumer demand.’.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 21 June 2011            

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Minimum energy efficiency standards

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Not moved  NC41

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall make regulations for the purpose of securing that—

 

(a)    

a landlord of a domestic PR property, or

 

(b)    

the appointed agent of a landlord of a domestic PR property

 

    

which falls below a specified minimum standard of energy efficiency (as

 

demonstrated by the energy performance certificate) shall not let or market to let

 

the property until such time as the landlord can demonstrate that the property

 

meets the specified minimum standard for a domestic PR property.

 

(2)    

For the purposes of domestic minimum standard regulations—

 

“energy performance certificate” has the meaning given by the Energy

 

Performance Regulations;

 

“landlord”, “local authority” and “appointed agent” have the meanings

 

given by the regulations; and

 

(3)    

Specified minimum energy efficiency standards shall be applied as follows—

 

(a)    

properties with an energy rating of Band F or lower shall not be let or

 

marketed for let from 1 January 2015;

 

(b)    

properties with an energy rating of Band E or lower shall not be let or

 

marketed for let from 1 January 2016;

 

(c)    

properties with an energy rating of Band D or lower shall not be let or

 

marketed for let from 1 January 2019;

 

(d)    

properties with an energy rating of Band C or lower shall not be let or

 

marketed for let from 1 January 2022;

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State must prepare and publish a plan for achieving the principle

 

purpose set out in paragraph (a)—

 

(a)    

from 2030, all properties let or marketed for let must have an energy

 

rating of Band A.’.

 


 

Moratorium on offshore drilling in the Artic and other fragile/hazardous environments

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Not moved  NC43

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

All companies registered in the United Kingdom for the purposes of the

 

Companies Act 2006, or currently engaged in offshore oil and gas exploration or

 

production on the continental shelf of the United Kingdom, shall be subject to a

 

moratorium on all offshore oil and gas activities in—

 

(a)    

the Artic Circle;

 

(b)    

such environments as the Secretary of State shall deem appropriate, or

 

(c)    

such areas or regions as the Secretary of State shall deem appropriate.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State shall, within six months of this Bill receiving Royal

 

Assent, cause to be published a list of all environments, areas or regions to which

 

this moratorium shall apply.


 
 

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(3)    

This moratorium shall apply—

 

(a)    

until the Secretary of State is satisfied, on the basis of advice from an

 

independent scientific commission, that such operations can be carried

 

out without unreasonable risk to the environment; and

 

(b)    

for a period of no less than five years from this Bill receiving Royal

 

Assent.

 


 

Publication and consultation on oil pollution emergency plans

 

Luciana Berger

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Not selected  NC44

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Any person or persons submitting an Oil Pollution Emergency Plan, as required

 

under the Offshore Installations (Emergency Pollution Control) Regulations 2002

 

and the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution and Preparedness, Response Co-

 

operation Convention) Regulations 1998 shall at the same time make this plan

 

available for public consultation, and comment.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State shall, within six months of this Bill receiving Royal

 

Assent, publish regulations detailing the procedure for public consultation and

 

comment.

 

(3)    

The Department for Energy and Climate Change shall, upon approval of an Oil

 

Pollution Emergency Plan, publish said plan and any relevant accompanying

 

documents on their website.’.

 


 

Adherence to UK standards for oil and gas production and extraction

 

Luciana Berger

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Not selected  NC45

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Any company registered in the United Kingdom, shall be required to demonstrate

 

that in undertaking any offshore oil and gas exploration or production activity

 

outside of UK territory it has met all the conditions and standards which would

 

apply to such activity when undertaken lawfully on the UK continental shelf.’.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 21 June 2011            

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Local carbon budgets

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Negatived on division  NC46

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall—

 

(a)    

within 12 months of this Bill receiving Royal Assent, report to

 

Parliament with proposals for the introduction of a system of local carbon

 

budgets consistent with meeting national Climate Change Act 2008

 

carbon budgets;

 

(b)    

introduce the local carbon budget system to begin at the start of the

 

second national carbon budget period;

 

(c)    

report to Parliament annually about the contribution of local strategies to

 

meeting UK Climate Change Act carbon budgets;

 

(d)    

determine circumstances in which two or more councils may develop a

 

joint strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in their areas.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State shall request advice from the Committee on Climate

 

Change about—

 

(a)    

the scale of action need in local authority areas to help meet UK Climate

 

Change Act carbon budgets;

 

(b)    

climate mitigation and adaptation policies that are effective when locally

 

coordinated by councils;

 

(c)    

ensuring that individual local carbon budgets are both appropriate for the

 

circumstances of different local areas and that the totality of all local

 

carbon budgets is consistent with the requirements of subsection (1)(a).

 

(3)    

The proposals to be reported under subsection (1) shall include a duty on local

 

authorities to—

 

(a)    

develop a strategy, through consultation with those groups and

 

individuals listed in subsection (3)(b), for cutting greenhouse gas

 

emissions across their local area in line with meeting their local carbon

 

budget;

 

(b)    

work in partnership with local residents, businesses and stakeholders,

 

including social enterprises and co-operatives, community groups,

 

schools and hospitals, and other institutions in drawing up and

 

implementing the strategy detailed in (3)(a);

 

(c)    

wherever possible, develop proposals consistent with a reduction in

 

greenhouse gas emissions in their local authority area of 90 per cent. by

 

2030, compared to 1990 emissions levels;

 

(d)    

publish and promote an annual report on progress towards meeting their

 

local carbon budget; and

 

(e)    

request additional powers or financial support from the Secretary of State

 

as they consider necessary to meet the duty set in section (2), which shall

 

not be unreasonably withheld.

 

(4)    

Any regulations or order made under section (1) shall not be made unless a draft

 

has been laid before, and approved by, resolution of each House of Parliament.’.

 



 
 

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Review of shale gas in the UK

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Luciana Berger

 

Not selected  NC47

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State must carry out a review of and prepare and publish a report

 

on the shale gas industry in the UK, including—

 

(a)    

the carbon footprint of all shale gas operations, including hydraulic

 

fracturing;

 

(b)    

an environmental impact assessment of shale gas operations;

 

(c)    

the steps taken by relevant Government Departments to prepare for shale

 

gas operations;

 

(d)    

the steps taken by local authorities to prepare for shale gas operations;

 

(e)    

the steps taken by the Environment Agency to prepare for shale gas

 

operations;

 

(f)    

the steps taken by the Health and Safety Executive to prepare for shale

 

gas operations;

 

(g)    

the possible contribution of shale gas operations to UK energy security

 

and affordability;

 

(h)    

the possible contribution of shale gas operations to UK decarbonisation

 

policies.

 

(2)    

The report must be published within three months of this Act receiving Royal

 

Assent.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State must lay before Parliament a copy of the report.’.

 


 

Devolving energy functions to the Welsh Ministers

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Luciana Berger

 

Not selected  NC48

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Notwithstanding any existing legislation, Welsh Ministers shall have the power

 

to grant consent for the construction, extension or operation of renewable energy

 

generation up to 100MW on both sea and land in Wales.’.

 


 

Reduction of Home Heating Costs: Warm Front

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Not moved  NC49

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

For the purpose of reducing home heating costs the Secretary of State must,

 

through regulations made by Statutory Instrument, provide for the installation of


 
 

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passive flue gas heat recovery systems in any properties included in Warm Front

 

in which new boilers are to be installed.

 

(2)    

In this section—

 

“Warm Front” means the Government’s policy for dealing with fuel poverty

 

entitled Warm Front.

 

“passive flue gas heat recovery systems” means technology that can use the

 

waste heat from condensing boiliers in order to heat water.

 


 

Gregory Barker

 

Agreed to  76

 

Title,  line  7,  after ‘infrastructure’, insert ‘and downstream gas processing facilities’.

 

Gregory Barker

 

Agreed to  77

 

Title,  line  10,  after ‘electricity;’, insert ‘about the security of nuclear construction sites;’.

 

Gregory Barker

 

Agreed to  28

 

Title,  line  10,  after ‘sites;’ insert ‘for an annual report on contribution to carbon

 

emissions reduction targets; for action relating to the energy efficiency of residential

 

accommodation in England;’.

 

Gregory Barker

 

Agreed to  78

 

Title,  line  10,  after ‘sites’, insert ‘and offshore infrastructure; for the use of pipelines for

 

carbon capture and storage’.

 

Gregory Barker

 

Agreed to  79

 

Title,  line  10,  after ‘sites;’, insert ‘about renewable heat incentives in Northern Ireland;’.

 

Gregory Barker

 

Agreed to  172

 

Title,  line  10,  after ‘sites;’ insert ‘for the generation of electricity from renewable sources

 

by a National Park authority or the Broads Authority;’.

 

Gregory Barker

 

Agreed to  80

 

Title,  line  11,  after ‘Authority;’, insert ‘for an amendment of section 137 of the Energy

 

Act 2004;’.

 

Gregory Barker

 

Agreed to  81

 

Title,  line  11,  after third ‘the’, insert ‘amendment and’.

 

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

 


 
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