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Renewable Energy Bill

This is the text of the Renewable Energy Bill, as presented to the House of Commons on 2 May 2000.

Renewable Energy Bill
1.Renewable energy strategy.
2.Financial provisions.
3.Short title and extent.





Require the Government to draw up a strategy for promoting non-convergent renewable energy technologies.

BE 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:-

Renewable energy strategy.     1. - (1) It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to prepare and publish within 12 months of this Act coming into force a strategy for promoting non-convergent renewable energy technologies.
      (2) The strategy shall include-
    (a) measures, including financial support mechanisms and changes to building regulations, which the the Secretary of State believes are required to ensure that by 1st January 2010 not less than 15 percent. of electricity consumed in the United Kingdom is produced from renewable resources;
    (b) targets for each regional development agency to contribute to the target set out in paragraph (a);
    (c) proposals to promote research into and adoption of renewable forms of marine energy production;
    (d) proposals to promote research into and adoption of other renewable forms of energy production, to specify deadlines for achievement of the target set out in paragraph (a), and to identify priorities;
    (e) proposals for empowering the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority to require electrcity suppliers to introduce measures in favour of electricity produced using renewable energy technologies, such as net metering and premium price provisions.
      (3) In this Act-
    "non-convergent renewable energy technologies" means technologies which the Secretary of State considers will not be developed as a result of the renewable energy obligation on electricity suppliers under the Electricity Act 1989;
    "renewable energy" includes energy generated from solar, wind or wave power but does not include energy generated from incineration of waste.
Financial provisions.     2. There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament any expenses of the Secretary of State attributable to this Act.
Short title and extent.     3. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Renewable Energy Act 2000.
      (2) This Act extends to Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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