Contracts for Difference and Onshore Wind Bill [HL] (HL Bill 77)

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Make provision about the allocation of contracts for difference; resume the
allocation of contracts for difference to onshore wind projects; and make
provision about planning applications for onshore wind installations.

B e it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Duty to hold contract for difference auctions

(1) The Secretary of State must ensure that allocation rounds for contracts for
difference occur at least every two years until the Committee on Climate
Change lays a report before both Houses of Parliament under section 36 of the
5Climate Change Act 2008 which states that the carbon budgets and the target
under that Act are likely to be met.

(2) In discharging the duty under subsection (1), the Secretary of State must ensure
that contract for difference auctions for all eligible generators are held
concurrently, notwithstanding any pots applying to an allocation round.

(3) 10 The Secretary of State may continue to hold contract for difference auctions
after a Committee on Climate Change assessment indicates that the carbon
budgets are likely to be met, in accordance with Chapter 2 of the Energy Act
2013.

(4) In this section—

  • 15“allocation round” has the meaning given by section 13 of the Energy Act
    2013;

  • “contract for difference” has the meaning given by section 6 of the Energy
    Act 2013;

  • “eligible generator” has the same meaning as in the Contracts for
    20Difference (Definition of Eligible Generator) Regulations 2014.

2 Onshore wind applications

(1) The Secretary of State must revise national planning guidance on onshore
wind including, but not limited to—

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(a) the planning framework;

(b) the Planning Practice Guidance on Renewable and Low Carbon
Energy; and

(c) the National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy Infrastructure.

(2) 5For the purposes of subsection (1), the revisions must include guidance which
permits Local Planning Authorities to grant onshore wind applications for the
purposes of—

(a) meeting the United Kingdom’s carbon account target under section 1 of
the Climate Change Act 2008,

(b) 10installing on new sites not previously used for generating wind energy,
and

(c) repowering existing onshore wind installations.

(3) In this section—

  • “planning framework” means the National Planning Policy Framework
    15and any subordinate, subsequent or successor guidance for local
    planning authorities;

  • “repowering existing onshore wind installations” means the replacement
    of turbines, or parts thereof, at existing onshore wind installations, or
    the extension of the period of permitted operation of such installations.

3 20Extent, commencement and short title

(1) This Act extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

(2) This Act comes into force on the day on which it is passed.

(3) This Act may be cited as the Contracts for Difference and Onshore Wind Act
2020.