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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Wednesday 9 March 2016

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Amendments tabled since the last publication: 51-54, NC9-NC12

 

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage)


 

Energy Bill [Lords], As Amended


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in the

 

order in which they relate to the Bill.

 


 

New Clauses

 

Callum McCaig

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Strategy for incentivising competitiveness of UK-registered companies in

 

decommissioning contracts

 

(1)    

By June 2017, the Secretary of State must develop a comprehensive strategy for

 

the Department of Energy and Climate Change to incentivise the competitiveness

 

of UK-registered companies in bidding for supply chain contracts associated with

 

the decommissioning of oil and gas infrastructure (the strategy), which shall be

 

reviewed annually thereafter.

 

(2)    

In developing the strategy, the Secretary of State must consult—

 

(a)    

HM Treasury;

 

(b)    

the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills;

 

(c)    

the Oil and Gas Authority;


 
 

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(d)    

Scottish Ministers, and

 

(e)    

any other relevant stakeholders that the Secretary of State thinks

 

appropriate.

 

(3)    

The strategy must include, though shall not be restricted to—

 

(a)    

an appraisal of tax incentives that can be extended to oil and gas operators

 

to incentivise their use of UK-registered supply chain companies; and

 

(b)    

an outline of other appropriate support that can be provided by the

 

Government, or its agencies, to UK-registered companies which express

 

interest in bidding for decommissioning contracts.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would compel the Secretary of State to bring forward a strategy for ensuring that

 

UK-registered supply chain companies benefit from decommissioning contracts.

 


 

Callum McCaig

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Onshore wind power: renewables obligation

 

The power to make a renewables obligation closure order in respect of electricity

 

generated by an onshore wind generating station in Scotland may only be

 

exercised by Scottish Ministers.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would return to the Scottish Ministers the power to close the renewables

 

obligation in relation to electricity generated by onshore wind generating stations in Scotland.

 


 

Callum McCaig

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Carbon capture and storage strategy for the energy industry

 

(1)    

By June 2017, the Secretary of State must develop, promote and implement a

 

comprehensive national strategy for carbon capture and storage (CCS) for the

 

energy industry to deliver the emissions reductions required to meet the fifth and

 

subsequent, carbon budgets at the scale and pace required.

 

(2)    

In developing the strategy, the Secretary of State must consult—

 

(a)    

HM Treasury;

 

(b)    

the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills;

 

(c)    

the Oil and Gas Authority;

 

(d)    

the National Infrastructure Commission;

 

(e)    

Scottish Ministers;

 

(f)    

Welsh Ministers, and

 

(g)    

other relevant stakeholders including the CCS industry.


 
 

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(3)    

The strategy must include though shall not be restricted to—

 

(a)    

the development of infrastructure for carbon dioxide transport and

 

storage;

 

(b)    

a funding strategy for implementation including provision of market

 

signals sufficient to build confidence for private investment in the CCS

 

industry;

 

(c)    

priorities for such action in the immediate future as may be necessary to

 

allow the orderly and timely development and deployment of CCS after

 

2020;

 

(d)    

promotion of cost-effective innovation in CCS; and

 

(e)    

clarification of the responsibilities of government departments with

 

respect to the implementation of the strategy.”

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State must report to Parliament on the progress of its

 

implementation of the strategy every three years starting in 2020.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would compel the Secretary of State to bring forward a strategy for carbon

 

capture and storage for the energy industry.

 


 

Callum McCaig

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Contract for Difference

 

After section 13(3) of the Energy Act 2013 insert—

 

(3A)    

An allocation round must be held at least once in each year which the carbon

 

intensity of electricity generation in the United Kingdom exceeds 100 grams per

 

kilowatt hour.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would compel the Secretary of State to hold a Contract for Difference allocation

 

round at least once in each year that the carbon intensity of electricity generation in the UK

 

exceeds 100g per kilowatt hour.

 



 
 

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Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Amendment to the Petroleum Act 1998: definition of “the principal

 

objective”

 

In subsection 9A of the Petroleum Act 1998, leave out subsection (1) and insert—

 

“(1)    

The “principal objective” is the objective of maximising the economic

 

return of UK petroleum, while retaining oversight of the

 

decommissioning of oil and gas infrastructure, and securing its reuse for

 

transportation and storage of greenhouse gases, in particular through—

 

(a)    

development, construction, deployment and use of equipment

 

used in the petroleum industry (including upstream petroleum

 

infrastructure), and

 

(b)    

collaboration among the following persons—

 

(i)    

holders of petroleum licences;

 

(ii)    

operators under petroleum licences;

 

(iii)    

owners of upstream petroleum infrastructure;

 

(iv)    

persons planning and carrying out the commissioning of

 

upstream petroleum infrastructure;

 

(v)    

owners of offshore installations.””

 


 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

NC6

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Emissions trading: United Kingdom carbon account

 

In section 27 (net UK carbon account) of the Climate Change Act 2008, after

 

subsection (2) insert—

 

“(2A)    

No carbon units deriving from the operation of the EU Emissions Trading

 

System may be credited to or debited from the net United Kingdom

 

carbon account for any period commencing after 31 December 2027.””

 



 
 

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Lisa Nandy

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Barry Gardiner

 

Clive Lewis

 

Anna Turley

 

Tom Blenkinsop

 

Andy McDonald

 

Alex Cunningham

 

NC7

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Carbon capture and storage strategy for the energy industry

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must—

 

(a)    

develop, promote and implement a comprehensive national strategy for

 

carbon capture and storage (CCS) for the energy industry to deliver the

 

emissions reductions required to meet the fifth and subsequent, as

 

advised by the committee on climate change;

 

(b)    

develop that strategy in consultation with HM Treasury, the Department

 

for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Oil and Gas Authority, the

 

National Infrastructure Commission, energy intensive industries and

 

other relevant stakeholders including the CCS industry; and

 

(c)    

have that strategy in place by June 2017 and report to Parliament on the

 

progress of its implementation every three years thereafter.

 

(2)    

The strategy provided for by subsection (1) shall, amongst other things, include—

 

(a)    

the development of infrastructure for carbon dioxide transport and

 

storage;

 

(b)    

a funding strategy for implementation including provision of market

 

signals sufficient to build confidence for private investment in the CCS

 

industry;

 

(c)    

a strategy for international co-operation on the development and

 

implementation of relevant technologies;

 

(d)    

priorities for such action in the immediate future as may be necessary to

 

allow the orderly and timely development and deployment of CCS after

 

2020.

 

(e)    

a strategy for co-operation through the European Union.”

 


 

Lisa Nandy

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Barry Gardiner

 

Clive Lewis

 

NC8

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Decarbonisation target range

 

(1)    

Section 1 of the Energy Act 2013 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

Leave out subsection (2) and insert—

 

“(2)    

The Secretary of State must by order (“a decarbonisation order”) set a

 

decarbonisation target range, which shall be reviewed annually

 

thereafter.”


 
 

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(3)    

Leave out subsection (5) and insert—

 

“(5)    

The decarbonisation order shall be made within six months of the

 

adoption of the fifth carbon budget set by virtue of the duty of the

 

Secretary of State under section 4 (2) (b) of the climate Change Act

 

2008.””

 


 

Lisa Nandy

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Barry Gardiner

 

Clive Lewis

 

NC9

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Amendment to Energy Act 2013: Capacity agreements

 

After Section 28(4) of the Energy Act 2013, insert—

 

“(4A)    

Electricity capacity regulations introduced by subsection (1) for any fossil fuel

 

generating plant granted 15 year capacity contracts under the capacity agreements

 

established by this section shall be subject to the Emissions Performance

 

Standard as established by Section 57 (2) of this Act.””

 


 

Lisa Nandy

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Barry Gardiner

 

Clive Lewis

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Callum McCaig

 

NC10

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Emissions trading: United Kingdom carbon account

 

In section 27 (net UK carbon account) of the Climate Change Act 2008, after

 

subsection (3) insert—

 

“(3A)    

In respect of any period commencing after 31 December 2027, the regulations

 

must not make provision for carbon units to be credited to or debited from the net

 

United Kingdom carbon account on the basis of the number of carbon units

 

surrendered by operators of installations in the United Kingdom pursuant to the

 

European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.””

 



 
 

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Edward Miliband

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Hywel Williams

 

Dr Alisdair McDonnell

 

Graham Stuart

 

Dr Poulter

 

Paul Blomfield

 

NC11

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Zero net UK [carbon] emissions

 

(1)    

The Climate Change Act 2008 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

After section (3) of the 2008 Act, insert the following—

 

3A      

Net UK carbon emissions target: zero emissions year

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall set a date by which net UK emissions must

 

be zero or lower (“the zero emissions year”) by order no later than 12

 

months from the date on which the Energy Act 2016 comes into force.

 

(2)    

It is the duty of the Secretary of State to ensure that the net UK emissions

 

for the zero emissions year and each year thereafter is zero or less.

 

(3)    

If an annual statement of UK emissions under Section 16 for a year after

 

the zero emissions year shows that net UK carbon emissions are more

 

than zero, the Secretary of State must, as soon as reasonably practicable

 

lay before Parliament a statement which—

 

(a)    

explains why the zero net emissions target has not been met, and

 

(b)    

sets out proposals and policies to ensure that the target will be

 

met in subsequent years.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State may by order amend the zero emissions year.

 

(5)    

The power in subsection (4) may only be exercised if it appears to the

 

Secretary of State that it is appropriate to do so due to significant

 

developments in—

 

(a)    

scientific knowledge about climate change, or

 

(b)    

European or international law or policy.

 

(6)    

An order under subsections (1) or (4) may only be made by statutory

 

instrument that has been laid in draft before, and approved by a resolution

 

of, each House of Parliament.

 

(7)    

Before laying a draft of a statutory instrument under subsection (6) the

 

Secretary of State must obtain, and take into account, the advice of the

 

Committee on Climate Change.

 

(8)    

As soon as is reasonably practicable after giving its advice to the

 

Secretary of State, the Committee shall publish its advice in such manner

 

as it considers appropriate.

 

(9)    

If an order under subsections (1) or (4) sets or amends the zero emissions

 

year in a way that is different from the recommendation of the Committee

 

under subsection (7), the Secretary of State must lay a statement before

 

Parliament explaining his reasons for that decision.


 
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