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

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Collision within a renewable energy installation

   

Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr David Ruffley
Mr Robert Key
Mr Richard Page

NC17

To move the following Clause:—

       'The Secretary of State for Transport shall set out procedures to be followed to prevent a collision taking place within a renewable energy installation, and procedures to be followed in the event of a collision within a renewable energy installation.'.


Safety zones around Renewable Energy Installations

   

Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr David Ruffley
Mr Robert Key
Mr Richard Page

NC18

To move the following Clause:—

       'Each application for a consent under section 94 shall set out the location of a safety zone around installations.'.


Renewable heat obligation

   

Brian White
Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

NC19

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   For the purpose of encouraging the generation of renewable heat in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, provide employment in UK agriculture and improve energy security, the Secretary of State may, by regulations, introduce a renewable heat obligation.

    (2)   Regulations made under subsection (1) may—

(a) require relevant parts of the heating fuel supply industry to demonstrate that a specified portion of their product is renewable;

(b) set targets for the proportion of heating fuels to be renewable; and

(c) provide for penalties for failure to meet targets.

    (3)   For the purposes of the obligation, renewable heat sources shall include solid, liquid or gaseous fuels produced from biomass; passive solar heating systems and geothermal.

    (4)   The power conferred by this section on the Secretary of State to make regulations is exercisable by statutory instrument subject to affirmative resolution of both Houses of Parliament.

    (5)   In this section—

       "biomass" means the biodegradable fraction of products, waste and residues from agriculture (including vegetable and animal substances), forestry and related industries, as well as the biodegradable fraction of industrial and municipal waste;

       "solar thermal" means the collection, transfer, storage and use of solar energy for space, water and process heating or cooling;

       "geothermal" means ground source heat pumps collecting stored solar or geothermal energy from ground or water sources.'.


Assessment of offshore renewable generation

   

Brian White

NC20

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Secretary of State shall, within two years of the passing of this Act, present to both Houses of Parliament a report on off-shore renewable technologies that—

(a) identifies the areas most suitable for offshore generation of electricity, and

(b) includes an assessment of the environmental benefits and risks of developing generation in these areas.

    (2)   The above report shall include, but not be limited to, assessments for generation by means of wind power, wave power, and tidal stream energy.'.


Saving of energy to assist renewables

   

Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr David Ruffley
Mr Robert Key
Mr Richard Page

NC21

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   For the purposes of—

(a) reducing the demand for energy use, and

(b) thereby enabling renewable energy sources to satisfy a greater proportion of the demand for energy without the need for further investment, and

(c) thereby reducing the need for unnecessary investment in nuclear energy sources

       it shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to take action as specified by this section.

    (2)   The action specified by this section is action to—

(a) promote energy efficiency generally; and

(b) in particular, implement energy efficiency measures that will—

(i) assist with the achievement of carbon savings from domestic energy efficiency by 2010 over and above the 4.2 MtC savings specified in the Energy Efficiency Implementation Plan; and

(ii) achieve carbon savings of 5MtC by 2010 from energy efficiency in the domestic sector.

    (3)   Action taken pursuant to this section shall be commenced as soon as is reasonably practicable.

    (4)   In this section the "Energy Efficiency Implementation Plan" is the document entitled "Energy Efficiency The Government's Plan for Action" published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, dated April 2004 (Cm 6168).'.


Compliance with sections 32 to 32C of the 1989 Act

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

NC22

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   In section 25 of the 1989 Act (orders for securing compliance), in the definition of "relevant requirement" in subsection (8), for "32C" substitute "32D".

    (2)   In sections 32A(4) and 32A(7) of that Act (which relate to information powers and other functions of GEMA), at end insert "or to any obligation arising under section 32D".

    (3)   After section 32C of the 1989 Act, insert—

    "32D    Prevention and remedying of default in compliance with sections 32 to 32C

    (1)   An order under section 32 may provide that an electricity supplier must pay such a sum to the Authority, corresponding to the supply of a given amount of electricity by the supplier in a particular period, as may be—

(a) necessary to make good in aggregate so much of any unrecovered default in the payments referred to in section 32C(1) by other suppliers in relation to previous periods as may be determined by or under the order; and

(b) determined by the Authority and published at least so long before the start of that period as may be specified in the order.

    (2)   The supplier shall make the payment to the Authority no later than the specified day in relation to that period ("the payment date").

    (3)   Any sums received under subsection (1) shall be paid by the Authority to electricity suppliers in accordance with a system of allocation specified in the order.

    (4)   The system of allocation specified in the order may provide for payments to specified categories of electricity supplier only.

    (5)   Where the Secretary of State is satisfied that it would be proportionate to do so, and that competition in the supply of electricity would not in consequence be unduly distorted, the order may also make provision as to the form and extent of any measures which a supplier is to take for the purpose of securing, in whole or in part, its discharge of the renewables obligation.

    (6)   The order may provide that any figures necessary to make or provide for the derivation of any calculation under this section can be estimated by the Authority or the Secretary of State.

    (7)   The reference to "make good" in subsection (1) may include adjustment of sums upwards to reflect accrual of interest, at a rate determined by or under the order, between the times of the defaults in relation to previous periods and the payment date.

    (8)   This section is without prejudice to the enforcement powers available to the Authority in relation to any provision of section 32 to 32D that is a relevant requirement within the meaning of section 25(8)".'.


Supplementary provision relating to the renewables obligation

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

NC23

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   In section 32A of the 1989 Act (orders under section 32: supplementary), after subsection (2) insert—

"(2A) An order may provide, in relation to any specified period—

(a) for anything required to be done at a particular time ("the normal time") by a supplier or the Authority in relation to that period to be done on an interim or partial basis at one or more times prior to the normal time;

(b) where something is so done, for the position to be reconciled at the normal time by reference to the underlying requirement that would have existed but for this subsection, and for any appropriate adjustment to be made; and

(c) that any figures necessary to make or provide for the derivation of any calculation under this section (other than the assessment at the normal time of the underlying requirement) can be estimated by the supplier, the Authority, or the Secretary of State.

(2B) The order may provide, in relation to an appropriate adjustment, for interest to be included over such periods, at such rates, and in such circumstances as may be determined by or under the order."

    (2)   After subsection (6) of that section, insert—

"(6A) Any function of the Authority under the order may be exercised by, or by employees or agents of, such person (if any) as may be authorised in that behalf by the Authority.

(6B) In relation to such exercise of functions—

(a) a function so exercised shall be treated for all purposes as if it had been exercised by the Authority;

(b) the Authority may place such restrictions and limitations on its authorisation as it sees fit;

(c) the Authority may withdraw its authorisation at any time, but without prejudice to any actions taken before that time by a person so authorised or to any contractual obligation it may have to that person;

(d) the order may disapply subsection (6A) in respect of such functions, in such cases and circumstances, as may be specified in the order; and

(e) 'employee', in relation to a body corporate, includes any director or other officer of that body.".'.


Recovery of gas charges etc

   

Brian White

NC24

*To move the following Clause:—

       'For paragraph 7 of Schedule 2B (recovery of gas charges etc) substitute—

    "7(1)   Where a consumer has not, within the requisite period, paid all charges due in respect of the supply of gas to the consumer's premises, or to any premises previously owned or occupied by him, the relevant supplier may make arrangements to obtain payment for ongoing consumption and for the recovery of debt through one of the following mechanisms—

(a) installation of a prepayment meter;

(b) direct deductions from Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance;

(c) any other debt recovery arrangement that may be authorised by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.

    (2)   The power of a supplier under sub-paragraph (1) to install a prepayment meter may not be exercised—

(a) as respects any amount that is disputed by the consumer, and

(b) unless no fewer than seven working days' notice have been given to the occupier of the premises of the intention to install a prepayment meter.

    (3)   In this paragraph the 'requisite period' means a period of 28 days after the supplier has made a demand in writing for payment of charges due.".'.


ORDER OF THE HOUSE [10th MAY 2004]

That the following provisions shall apply to the Energy Bill [Lords]:

Committal

    1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 24th June 2004.

    3.   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

    4.   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

    5.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced.

    6.   Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

    7.   Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further message from the Lords) may be programmed.


ORDER OF THE COMMITTEE [20th MAY 2004, as amended on 27th May 2004]

That—     (1)   during proceedings on the Energy Bill [Lords] the Standing Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 8.55 am on 20th May) meet—

(a) at 2.30 pm on 20th May; and

(b) at 8.55 am and at 2.30 pm on each of 25th May, 27th May, 8th June, 15th June, 17th June, 22nd June and 24th June; and

    (2)   the proceedings shall be taken in the order shown in the first column of the following Table and shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in the second column of the Table.

TABLE

ProceedingsTime for conclusion of proceedings
Clauses 1 to 5, Schedule 1, Clauses 6 to 14, Schedule 2, Clauses 15 and 16, Schedule 3, Clauses 17 to 30, Schedule 4, Clauses 31 to 41, Schedule 5, Clause 42, Schedule 6, Clauses 43 to 48, Schedule 7, Clause 49, Schedule 8, Clause 50, Schedule 9, Clauses 51 to 54, Schedule 10, Clauses 55 and 56, Schedule 11 and Clauses 57 to 64.6.00 pm on 27th May
Schedule 12, Clauses 65 and 66, Schedule 13, Clauses 67 to 72, Schedule 14, Clauses 73 to 78, Schedule 15, Clauses 79 to 96, Schedule 16, Clauses 97 to 135, Schedule 17, Clauses 136 to 138, Schedule 18, Clauses 139 and 140, Schedule 19, Clauses 141 to 156, Schedules 20 and 21, Clauses 157 to 170, Schedule 22, Clauses 171 to 193, Schedule 23, Clause 194, new Clauses, new Schedules and any remaining proceedings on the Bill.5.00 pm on 24th June


 
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