Amendments proposed to the Energy Bill [Lords] - continued House of Commons

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Mr Michael Weir

37

Clause     180,     page     137,     line     28,     leave out subsection (11).


   

Mr Michael Weir

38

Clause     181,     page     139,     line     7,     leave out subsection (11).


   

Dr Desmond Turner
Brian White

6

Schedule     23,     page     274,     line     11,     at end insert—

'Section 32C.'.


   

Brian White

39

Clause     194,     page     149,     line     41,     after 'section', insert 'and section [amendment of Sustainable Energy Act 2003]'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms

21

Clause     194,     page     150,     line     8,     leave out subsection (5).


NEW CLAUSES

Reports under section 1 of Sustainable Energy Act 2003

   

Mr Stephen Timms

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Section 1 of the Sustainable Energy Act 2003 (c.30) (annual reports on progress towards sustainable energy aims) is amended as follows.

    (2)   After subsection (1) insert—

          "(1A)   The report must include, in particular, all such information as the Secretary of State considers appropriate about—

          (a) things done during the reporting period for the purposes of the development of any of the energy sources or technologies mentioned in subsection (1B);

          (b) things done during that period for the purpose of ensuring the maintenance of the scientific and engineering expertise available in the United Kingdom that is necessary for the development of potential energy sources (including sources of nuclear energy); and

          (c) things done during that period for the purpose of achieving the energy efficiency aims designated under sections 2 and 3.

          (1B)   The energy sources and technologies referred to in subsection (1A)(a) are—

          (a) clean coal technology;

          (b) biomass;

          (c) biofuels;

          (d) fuel cells;

          (e) photovoltaics;

          (f) wave and tidal generation;

          (g) hydrogeneration;

          (h) microgeneration;

          (i) geothermal sources; and

          (j) other sources of energy, and technologies for the production of energy, the use of which would, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, cut the United Kingdom's carbon emissions.

          (1C)   The references in subsection (1A) to things done during the reporting period include references to proposals of the Secretary of State published during that period."

    (3)   In subsection (2) for "subsection (1)" substitute "subsections (1) to (1C)".'.

As an Amendment to Mr Stephen Timm's proposed New Clause (NC7) (Reports under section 1 of the Sustainable Energy Act 2003):

   

Paddy Tipping

(a)

Line     19,     at end insert—

      '(aa) coal mine methane;'.


Discontinuation of provisions for discharge of renewable obligations by payment

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Brian White

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   In section 32(1) of the 1989 Act (renewables obligation), for "32C", substitute "32D".

    (2)   After section 32C of that Act insert—

          "32D   Replacement of provisions for payment as alternative to complying with order under section 32

          (1)   The Secretary of State shall, within a year of the passing of the Energy Act 2004, lay before Parliament a report on proposals for methods that promote the objectives of the renewables obligation in circumstances where the provisions of an order under section 32 are not complied with other than the method of payments provided for under section 32C.

          (2)   Section 32C shall cease to have effect at the end of the period of four years after the coming into force of this section.".'.


Requirement for net metering for premises with microgenerating installations

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Dr Alan Whitehead
Joan Walley
Brian White

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    'After paragraph 1 of Schedule 7 to the 1984 Act, insert—    "Net metering for premises with microgenerating installations

    1A (1) Electricity suppliers shall provide net metering facilities upon request to domestic or business premises which have microgenerating installations.

     (2) The electricity meters shall be charged at the same tariff in both directions.".'.


The Renewable Energy Authority

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Joan Walley
Brian White

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   There shall be a body corporate to be known as the Renewable Energy Authority ("the REA").

    (2)   The REA is not to be treated—

      (a) except so far as necessary for the purposes of its function in promoting the development and deployment of renewables set out in subsection (3), as performing any duty or exercising any power on behalf of the Crown; or

      (b) as enjoying any status, immmunity or privilege of the Crown; and the REA's property is not to be regarded as property of the Crown, or as held on behalf of the Crown.

    (3)   The REA shall incorporate the Carbon Trust and shall—

      (a) promote research and development in renewable energy by grant or contract as is appropriate, and

      (b) promote the commercial deployment of renewable energy.

    (4)   The REA shall be funded from sums paid to it by the Secretary of State.'.


Constitution of REA

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Joan Walley
Brian White

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The REA—

      (a) shall consist of not fewer than seven and not more than thirteen members; and

      (b) shall have a membership comprising both non-executive members and executive members.

    (2)   The non-executive members shall be—

      (a) a chairman appointed by the Secretary of State; and

      (b) a number of other persons appointed by the Secretary of State (after consultation with the chairman); and (subject to subsection (1)) it is for the Secretary of State to determine how many non-executive members there are to be in addition to the chairman.

    (3)   The executive members shall be—

      (a) a person appointed by the non-executive members to be the REA's chief executive; and

      (b) the other persons (if any) appointed by them (after consultation with the chief executive) to be executive members in addition to the chief executive;

       and it is for the non-executive members to determine (subject to subsection (8)) whether there are to be executive members in addition to the chief executive, and (if so) how many.

    (4)   The approval of the Secretary of State is required for the appointment of the chief executive.

    (5)   Before—

      (a) appointing a person to be the chairman or otherwise to be a non-executive member of the REA, or

      (b) approving the appointment of a person to be the chief executive, the Secretary of State must consult the Scottish Ministers.

    (6)   Subsection (5) may be satisfied by consultation that took place wholly or partly before the commencement of this section.

    (7)   If there are executive members in addition to the chief executive, each must be a member of the staff of the REA.

    (8)   Where the Secretary of State so provides by a direction to the REA, the non-executive members must secure that the number of executive members in addition to the chief executive—

      (a) is not less than the mininum set by the direction; and

      (b) does not exceed the maximum so set; and the direction must not set a maximum of more than three.

    (9)   The Secretary of State must exercise his powers under this section to secure, so far as practicable, that the number of executive members is at all times less than the number of non-executive members.'.


REA: powers for carrying out functions

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Joan Walley
Brian White

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The REA shall have power, for the purposes of carrying out its functions, to do all such things as appear to it to be likely to facilitate the carrying out of its functions, or to be incidental to carrying them out.

    (2)   The powers of the REA include, in particular—

      (a) the power to promote research and development in renewable energy by grant or contract as is appropriate, and

      (b) the power to promote the commercial deployment of renewable energy.'.


REA: Strategy for carrying out functions

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Joan Walley
Brian White

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   It shall be the duty of the REA—

      (a) to prepare its strategy for carrying out its functions; and

      (b) from time to time to revise that strategy.

    (2)   The strategy prepared must include both—

      (a) the REA's strategy for promoting research and development in renewable energy by grant or contract as is appropriate; and

      (b) its strategy for promoting the commercial deployment of renewable energy.'.


Environmental targets

   

Mr Michael Weir

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Secretary of State shall within six months of this Act receiving Royal Assent lay before each House of Parliament a report, prepared in consultation with the devolved administrations, on renewable energy and that report shall include—

      (a) a set target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, with individual targets for each area covered by devolved administrations as agreed between the Secretary of State and the relevant devolved administrations for the following ten year period,

      (b) a set target for the percentage of electricity to be generated by renewable energy sources, with individual targets for each area covered by devolved administrations as agreed between the Secretary of State and the relevant devolved administrations for the following ten year period,

      (c) the amount of electricity being generated by each method of renewable energy, and

      (d) a strategy for meeting the targets set out in paragraphs (a) and (b).

    (2)   In each year thereafter the Secretary of State shall lay before each House of Parliament a report setting out—

      (a) progress made towards the greenhouse gas emissions reduction target,

      (b) progress made towards the renewable energy target,

      (c) the amount of electricity being generated by each method of renewable energy, and

      (d) strategy for meeting the continuing targets for both greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy with proposals for any changes necessary for meeting the targets set in subsection (1)(a) and (b).

    (3)   At the end of the initial ten year period, and every ten years thereafter, the Secretary of State shall lay before each House of Parliament a report setting out the measures specified in subsection (1) for the following ten year period and in every year thereafter lay before each House of Parliament the report specified in subsection (2).'.



 
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