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Contents

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The Renewable Energy Authority

2   

Functions of the Authority

3   

Strategy statement

4   

Interpretation

5   

Expenses

6   

Short title and extent

Schedule   —   

The Authority

 

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Bill

To

Establish a Renewable Energy Authority; to lay upon the Authority a duty to

promote the use of renewable energy and energy conservation; and for

connected purposes. 

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:—

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The Renewable Energy Authority

(1)   

There shall be a body corporate to be known as the Renewable Energy

Authority (“the Authority”) which shall exercise the functions conferred on it

by or under this Act or any other enactment.

(2)   

The Schedule to this Act (which makes provision about the constitution of the

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Authority) shall have effect.

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Functions of the Authority

The Authority has as its function the promotion of—

(a)   

research, development and deployment of renewable energy ;

(b)   

the commercial use of renewable energy;

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(c)   

energy conservation;

(d)   

fiscal measures to increase the use of renewable energy; and

(e)   

measures to increase the use of combined heat and power.

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Strategy statement

(1)   

The Authority shall prepare a statement indicating its strategy to achieve its

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objectives under section 2.

(2)   

The Authority shall—

(a)   

review the statement from time to time, and

(b)   

revise the statement when it thinks appropriate.

(3)   

The Authority shall, as soon as is reasonably practicable publish—

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(a)   

the statement, and

(b)   

any revision.

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Interpretation

In this Act—

“renewable energy” is energy generated from sources other than fossil

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fuel or nuclear fuel.

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Expenses

There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament—

(a)   

any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown by virtue of this Act; and

(b)   

any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable out of money so

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provided under any other enactment.

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Short title and extent

(1)   

This Act may be cited as the Energy Act 2006.

(2)   

This Act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.

 
 

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Schedule

Section 1

 

The Authority

Status

1          

The Authority shall not be regarded as the as the servant or agent of the

Crown or as enjoying any status, immunity or privilege of the Crown; and

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the Authority’s property is not to be regarded as the property of, or property

held on behalf of, the Crown.

General powers

2          

Subject to any directions given by the Secretary of State, the Authority may

do anything which appears to it to be necessary or expedient for the purpose

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of, or in connection with, the exercise of its functions.

General duty

3          

It is the duty of the Authority to carry out its functions effectively, efficiently

and economically.

Membership

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4          

The Authority is to consist of a chairman and other members appointed by

the Secretary of State.

Staff

5          

The Authority must appoint a person to be its chief executive.

6          

The Authority may appoint such staff and on such conditions of service as it

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thinks fit.

Appointment procedures

7          

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provisions as to—

(a)   

the appointment of the chairman and other members of the

Authority (including the number, or limits on the number, of

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members who may be appointed and any conditions to be fulfilled

for appointment);

(b)   

the tenure of office of the chairman and other members of the

Authority (including the circumstances in which they cease to hold

office or are suspended from office);

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(c)   

the appointment of, constitution of and exercise of functions by

committees and sub-committees of an authority.

 

 

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Terms of appointment

8          

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision as to the terms on

which the chairman and other members are to be appointed.

9          

The regulations may in particular make provision as to—

(a)   

the period for which they are to hold office;

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(b)   

their eligibility for Authority re-appointment;

(c)   

remuneration and allowances;

(d)   

circumstances in which their membership is to be suspended or

terminated.

Money

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10         

The Secretary of State may pay to the Authority out of money provided by

Parliament such sums as he thinks appropriate.

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The Secretary of State may make loans to the Authority.

12         

The Authority must keep accounts in such form as the Secretary of State

decides.

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13         

The Authority must prepare annual accounts in respect of each financial

year to which the annual accounts relate.

14         

Before the end of the specified period following each financial year to which

the annual accounts relate the Authority must send a copy of the annual

accounts to—

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(a)   

the Secretary of State;

(b)   

the Comptroller and Auditor General.

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The Comptroller and Auditor General must—

(a)   

examine, certify and report on the annual accounts;

(b)   

lay a copy of the accounts and of his report before each House of

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Parliament.

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The specified period is such period as the Secretary of State directs.

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The financial year is—

(a)   

the period starting on the day the Authority is established and

ending on the next 31st March;

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(b)   

each succeeding period of 12 months.

Annual report

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The Authority must as soon as possible after the end of each financial year

prepare and send to the Secretary of State a report on the carrying out of its

functions during that year.

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      (2)  

The Secretary of State must lay before each House of Parliament a copy of

every report sent to him under sub-paragraph (1).

 

 

 
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