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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 22nd June 2004

STANDING COMMITTEE B


ENERGY BILL [LORDS]


NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [20th May].

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

222

Clause     169,     page     128,     leave out line 12 and insert—

      '( ) a person who is a party to the document designated under subsection (2)(b) to which the decision relates;

      ( ) any other person whose interests are materially affected by it; or'.


   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

220

Clause     171,     page     129,     line     29,     at end insert—

    '( )   In applying the test in subsection (4)(c), the Competition Commission must consider whether it agrees with the conclusion that GEMA reached in weighing up the matters or purposes and must allow the appeal if—

      (a) it does not agree; and

      (b) it considers that its conclusion is clearly and substantially better than that reached by GEMA'.


   

Mr Michael Weir

34

Clause     177,     page     133,     line     26,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   The cost of gas supplied through a pay meter shall be supplied at no more than the average unit cost for gas supplied to customers by other means of payment.'.

   

Mr Michael Weir

35

Clause     177,     page     134,     line     16,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The cost of electricity supplied through a pay meter shall be supplied at no more than the average unit cost for electricity supplied to customers by other means of payment.'.


   

Mr Michael Weir

36

Clause     180,     page     136,     line     30,     at beginning insert—

    '( )   There shall be an over-riding principle that no area of the United Kingdom shall be subject to higher distribution charges than any other.'.

   

Mr Michael Weir

37

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


   

Mr Stephen Timms

198

Clause     181,     page     138,     line     38,     leave out from 'must' to end of line 46 and insert—

      '(a) publish a draft of any scheme proposed to be established by the order;

      (b) publish an assessment of the costs likely to be incurred by different persons in consequence of the order; and

      (c)  consult authorised suppliers and such other persons likely to be affected by the order as he considers appropriate.

    ( )   An assessment published under subsection (7)(b) must set out, in particular, the Secretary of State's assessment of the likely effect of the order on charges for electricity in Great Britain.

    ( )   Subsection (7) may be satisfied by publications and consultation taking place wholly or partly before the commencement of this section.'.

   

Mr Michael Weir

38

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

   

Mr Stephen Timms

199

Clause     181,     page     139,     line     30,     leave out 'An order under' and insert 'The power to make an order containing provision authorised by'.


   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

218

Clause     183,     page     139,     line     43,     at end insert—

    (1A)   The total of amounts directed to be paid under this section must not exceed £10,000,000 or such higher figure as may be specified in an order under this section.'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

219

Clause     183,     page     140,     line     21,     at end add—

    '(7)   In section 7 of the Sustainable Energy Act 2003 (c. 30) (use of certain money held by Gas and Electricity Markets Authority), at the end of subsection (2) add—

       "or such higher figure as may be specified in an order under section 183 of the Energy Act 2004."

    (8)   An order under this section, which may raise the cash limit in subsection (1A) above or section 7(2) of the Sustainable Energy Act 2003 or both, is subject to the affirmative resolution procedure.'.


   

Dr Desmond Turner

191

Clause     186,     page     144,     line     10,     leave out subsection (3).


   

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 Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

221

Clause     194,     page     149,     line     43,     at end insert—

    '( )   Sections 91, 92, 131, 134(1), 136(1), 165 and 173 shall, unless previously commenced under subsection (2), come into force nine months after the passing of this Act.'.

   

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
Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

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.".'.


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, immunity 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.'.



 
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