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Energy Bill [HL]

 
 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Department of Trade and Industry, are

published separately as Bill 93—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

The Ms Secretary Hewitt has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of

the Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Energy Bill [HL] are compatible with the Convention

rights.

 
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Energy Bill [HL]

 

 
 

Contents

Part 1

UK Energy Strategy: Security and Integrity of Supply

1   

Security and integrity of supply

2   

Annual reports under section 1 of the Sustainable Energy Act 2003

3   

Annual report on energy efficiency

Part 2

The Civil Nuclear Industry

Chapter 1

Nuclear decommissioning

Establishment of NDA

4   

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

5   

Constitution of NDA

Principal function of NDA

6   

Designated responsibilities

7   

Additional responsibilities under designating directions

8   

Supplemental provisions of designating directions

9   

Designations relating to Scotland

Other functions of NDA

10   

Supplemental functions

11   

Special functions in relation to pensions etc.

General duties and powers of NDA

12   

General duties when carrying out functions

13   

Powers for carrying out functions

 
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Strategies, plans and reports

14   

Strategy for carrying out functions

15   

Contents of strategy

16   

Annual plans

17   

Annual reports

Implementation of strategies and plans

18   

Duty to decommission and clean up installations and sites

19   

Duties to operate installations and to provide treatment etc.

20   

Duty to use installations etc. for purposes of NDA

21   

Directions by NDA to the person with control

22   

Designation as a related site for the purposes of s. 21

23   

Duty to comply with directions under s. 21

Financial provisions

24   

Financial responsibilities of NDA

25   

Expenditure and receipts of NDA

26   

Borrowing by the NDA

27   

Limit on NDA borrowing

28   

Government guarantees for NDA borrowing

29   

Accounts of NDA

30   

Tax exemption for NDA activities

31   

Taxation of NDA activities chargeable under Case VI of Schedule D

32   

Disregard for tax purposes of cancellation etc. of provisions

33   

Disregard for tax purposes of provisions recognised by NDA

Nuclear Decommissioning Funding Account

34   

Establishment and maintenance of the Account

35   

Examination of the Account

Supplementary provisions of Chapter 1 of Part 2

36   

Validity of transactions

37   

Amendment of Schedule 12 to the 1989 Act

38   

Power to modify Chapter 1 of Part 2

39   

Meaning of “nuclear site” etc. and “person with control”

40   

General interpretation of Chapter 1 of Part 2

Chapter 2

Transfers relating to nuclear undertakings

Transfer by scheme of property etc.

41   

Nuclear transfer schemes

42   

Transfers of publicly owned assets

43   

Transfers with the consent of the transferor

44   

Recovery of property from private ownership

45   

Transfer of Nuclear Liabilities Investment Portfolio

 
 

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Extinguishment of undertakings and tax losses

46   

Undertakings given by the Secretary of State

47   

Extinguishment of BNFL losses for tax purposes

Provisions relating to transfers

48   

Further provision applying to transferee companies

49   

Pensions

50   

Taxation

51   

Supplementary powers of the Secretary of State, the NDA and the UKAEA

Supplementary provisions of Chapter 2 of Part 2

52   

Duty to assist the Secretary of State

53   

Interpretation of Chapter 2 of Part 2

Chapter 3

Civil Nuclear Constabulary

Civil Nuclear Police Authority

54   

The Civil Nuclear Police Authority

Civil Nuclear Constabulary

55   

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary

56   

Chief constable and other senior officers

57   

Functions of senior officers

58   

Members of the Constabulary

Jurisdiction and powers of Constabulary

59   

Jurisdiction of Constabulary

60   

Stop and search under Terrorism Act 2000

Administration of Constabulary

61   

Government, administration and conditions of service

62   

Members of Constabulary serving with other forces

63   

Charges

Supervision and inspection etc.

64   

Planning and reports

65   

Inspection

66   

Supervision by Secretary of State

Rights etc. of members of the Constabulary

67   

Civil Nuclear Police Federation

68   

Rank-related associations

69   

Representation at certain disciplinary proceedings

70   

Trade union membership

 
 

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Supplementary provisions of Chapter 3 of Part 2

71   

Application of offences etc. applying to constables

72   

Minor amendments relating to the Constabulary

73   

Nuclear transfer scheme for UKAEA Constabulary

74   

Interpretation of Chapter 3 of Part 2

Chapter 4

Authorisations relating to radioactive waste

75   

Transfer of authorisations

76   

Applications for variation of authorisations

77   

Periodic reviews of authorisations

78   

Consequential amendments of the 1993 Act

Chapter 5

Miscellaneous provisions relating to nuclear industry

79   

Amendments for giving effect to international obligations

80   

Regulation of equipment, software and information

81   

Application of the 1965 Act to Northern Ireland

82   

Expenditure on nuclear related matters

83   

Additional functions of UKAEA

Part 3

Renewable Energy Sources

Chapter 1

Offshore production of energy

Sustainable development

84   

Gas and Electricity Markets Authority sustainability duty

Renewable Energy Zones

85   

Exploitation of areas outside the territorial sea for energy production

86   

Application of criminal law to renewable energy installations

87   

Prosecutions

88   

Application of civil law to renewable energy installations etc.

89   

Orders in Council under sections 86 and 88

Application of 1989 Act offshore

90   

Activities offshore requiring 1989 Act licences

91   

Modification of licence conditions for offshore transmission and distribution

92   

Extension of transmission licences offshore

93   

Competitive tenders for offshore transmission licences

94   

Consents for generating stations offshore

95   

Application of regulations under 1989 Act offshore

 
 

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Safety zones for installations

96   

Safety zones around renewable energy installations

97   

Prohibited activities in safety zones

98   

Offences relating to safety zones

99   

Supplementary provisions relating to offences under s. 98

100   

Installations in territorial waters and renewable energy zones

101   

Interference with safety of navigation

Rights of navigation and civil aviation

102   

Extinguishment etc. of public rights of navigation

103   

Further provision relating to public rights of navigation

104   

Application of civil aviation regulations to renewable energy installations

Supplementary provisions of Chapter 1 of Part 3

105   

Amendments of 1989 Act consequential on Chapter 1 of Part 3

106   

Other amendments consequential on Chapter 1 of Part 3

107   

Interpretation of Chapter 1 of Part 3

Chapter 2

Decommissioning of offshore installations

Decommissioning programmes

108   

Requirement to prepare decommissioning programmes

109   

Approval of decommissioning programmes

110   

Failure to submit or rejection of decommissioning programmes

111   

Reviews and revisions of decommissioning programmes

Implementation of decommissioning programmes

112   

Carrying out of decommissioning programmes

113   

Default in carrying out decommissioning programmes

Decommissioning regulations

114   

Regulations about decommissioning

Supplementary provisions of Chapter 2 of Part 3

115   

Duty to inform Secretary of State

116   

Offences relating to decommissioning programmes

117   

Interpretation of Chapter 2 of Part 3

Chapter 3

Renewables obligations

118   

Discharge of renewables obligation in Great Britain by payment

119   

Issue of green certificates in Great Britain

120   

Electricity to be exempted when determining electricity supplied

121   

Use of green certificates issued in Northern Ireland

 
 

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122   

Distributions to Northern Ireland suppliers

123   

Supplementary provision relating to renewables obligation in Great Britain

124   

Issue of green certificates in Northern Ireland

125   

GEMA’s power to act on behalf of Northern Ireland regulator

126   

Consultation in relation to Northern Ireland renewables orders

127   

Modification of conditions of Northern Ireland electricity licences

128   

Renewable transport fuel obligation

Chapter 4

Microgeneration

129   

Strategy for microgeneration

Part 4

Energy Regulation

Chapter 1

Electricity trading and transmission

130   

“New trading and transmission arrangements”

131   

Power to modify licence conditions

132   

Alteration of transmission activities requiring licence

133   

Transmission licences

134   

New standard conditions for transmission licences

135   

Conversion of existing transmission licences

136   

Grant of transmission licences

137   

Duties to provide information etc. to Secretary of State

138   

Property arrangements schemes

139   

Interpretation of Chapter 1 of Part 4

140   

Amendments consequential on Chapter 1 of Part 4

141   

Transition

Chapter 2

Interconnectors for electricity and gas

Electricity interconnectors

142   

Operators of electricity interconnectors to be licensed

143   

Standard conditions for electricity interconnectors

144   

Consequential amendments of the 1989 Act

145   

Grant of electricity interconnector licences to existing operators

Gas interconnectors

146   

Operators of gas interconnectors to be licensed

147   

Standard conditions for gas interconnectors

148   

Disapplication of existing regimes

149   

Grant of gas interconnector licences to existing operators

150   

Extraterritorial application of Gas Act 1986

 
 

 
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