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Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Thursday 14th February 2008

 

For other Amendment(s) see the following page(s):

 

Energy Bill Committee 13

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Energy Bill

 


 

Malcolm Wicks

 

1

 

Clause  34,  page  17,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

An Order in Council under section 126(2) of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46)

 

(apportionment of sea areas) has effect for the purposes of this Chapter if, or to

 

the extent that, the Order is expressed to apply—

 

(a)    

for the general or residual purposes of that Act, or

 

(b)    

by virtue of this subsection, for the purposes of this Chapter.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that, for the purposes of clause 16 (carbon dioxide storage), the bound­

 

aries of the territorial waters adjacent to Scotland are identical to those specified under section

 

126(2) of the Scotland Act 1998, helping to define the boundary of the area where the carbon stor­

 

age provisions apply.

 

Malcolm Wicks

 

2

 

Clause  63,  page  50,  line  18,  at end insert ‘or Northern Ireland legislation’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that for the purposes of interpretation for the nuclear waste and decom­

 

missioning provisions in the Bill, where references are made to an enactment, Northern Ireland

 

legislation is included where appropriate and relevant.

 

Malcolm Wicks

 

3

 

Clause  65,  page  52,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(5)    

In subsection (4) “enactment” includes an instrument made under an enactment.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement


 
 

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Energy Bill, continued

 
 

This amendment ensures that for the purposes of the provisions about financial security for decom­

 

missioning of offshore renewables installations in the Bill, references to an enactment include sec­

 

ondary legislation.

 

Malcolm Wicks

 

4

 

Clause  69,  page  57,  line  35,  at end insert ‘or Northern Ireland legislation’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that for the purposes of the provisions about financial security for de­

 

commissioning of oil and gas installations, where references are made to an enactment, Northern

 

Ireland legislation is included where appropriate and relevant.

 

Malcolm Wicks

 

5

 

Schedule  1,  page  80,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

‘(b)    

after subsection (2) insert—

 

“(2A)    

An order or Order in Council made under or by virtue of

 

section 158(3) or (4) of the Government of Wales Act 2006

 

(apportionment of sea areas) has effect for the purposes of

 

Part 2 of this Act if, or to the extent that, the Order is expressed

 

to apply for the general or residual purposes of that Act or, by

 

virtue of this subsection, for the purposes of Part 2 of this

 

Act.”’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To help define the territorial boundary of the area in which the Food and Environmental Protec­

 

tion Act 1985 is disapplied, this amendment ensures that the boundaries of territorial waters ad­

 

jacent to Wales, per paragraph 2 of Schedule 1, are identical to those specified under the

 

Government of Wales Act 2006.

 

Malcolm Wicks

 

6

 

Schedule  1,  page  82,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

‘7A      

In section 13 (interpretation of Part 2), after the existing text (which becomes

 

subsection (1)) insert—

 

“(2)    

An Order in Council under section 126(2) of the Scotland Act 1998

 

(apportionment of sea areas) has effect for the purposes of this Part if,

 

or to the extent that, the Order is expressed to apply—

 

(a)    

for the general or residual purposes of that Act, or

 

(b)    

by virtue of this subsection, for the purposes of this Part.”’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

.To help define the territorial boundary for the application of civil law under the Petroleum Act to

 

carbon storage installations (paragraph 7, Schedule 1), this amendment ensures that the bounda­

 

ries of territorial waters adjacent to Scotland, are identical to those specified under section 126(2)

 

of the Scotland Act 1998.

 

Information on ETS allocations

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—


 
 

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Energy Bill, continued

 
 

‘(1)    

Companies involved in the generation of electricity must publish information in

 

their Annual Reports on the amount and value of any allocation they have

 

received from the EU ETS and the amount that has been paid for such an

 

allocation.

 

(2)    

Companies failing to publish the information required under subsection (1) shall

 

be guilty of an offence, and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding

 

level 5 on the standard scale.’.

 

Repayment in cases of over-charging

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall by regulations make provision about the repayment

 

of sums by energy suppliers following over-charging of consumers.

 

(2)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may, in particular—

 

(a)    

make provision about the circumstances in which energy suppliers are

 

required to make repayments and the time limits for such repayments;

 

(b)    

provide for the Authority to determine charges to be made on energy

 

companies which fail to meet requirements relating to repayments.’.

 

Information on contributions towards environmental taxes

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall make regulations requiring energy utilities

 

companies to specify the proportion of those consumers’ energy bills that

 

contribute towards environmental taxes.

 

(2)    

In this section “environmental taxes” means—

 

(a)    

the Renewables Obligation Certificates,

 

(b)    

charges resulting from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, and

 

(c)    

charges resulting from the Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets and

 

future additional environmental charges.’.

 

Annual report on gas storage

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State shall, in each calendar year following that in which this

 

Act is passed, lay before Parliament a report on—

 

(a)    

his assessment of the appropriate volume of onshore gas storage to ensure

 

long-term energy security, and

 

(b)    

the progress that has been made towards reaching that target.’.


 
 

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Energy Bill, continued

 
 

Feed-in tariffs

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

NC6

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provisions to introduce feed-in

 

tariffs for renewable micro-generation and decentralised energy.

 

(2)    

In this section—

 

“feed-in tariffs” means a requirement on utilities to buy electricity from

 

renewable sources at a feed-in rate to be set by the Secretary of State,

 

dependent on available renewable technology;

 

“micro-generation” means any generation under 250kW;

 

“renewable energy” means any form of energy produced in the generation

 

stage without using fossil fuels or emitting carbon;

 

“a feed-in rate” means a guaranteed payment by the energy suppliers for

 

each kilowatt of electricity generated.’.

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

7

 

Clause  7,  page  4,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

has a decommissioning programme for the facility, which has been

 

approved by the Secretary of State.’.

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

8

 

Clause  7,  page  4,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

‘(4)    

A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable to be subject to a bar on

 

future licence applications, for a period of time to be determined by the Secretary

 

of State.’.

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

9

 

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

‘(6)    

A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable to be subject to a bar on

 

future licence applications, for a period of time to be determined by the Secretary

 

of State.’.

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

10

 

Clause  12,  page  6,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

the appropriate length of appointment for an inspector.’.

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

11

 

Clause  12,  page  7,  line  8,  at end add—


 
 

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Energy Bill, continued

 
 

‘(c)    

by the revocation of the licence, at the discretion of the Secretary of

 

State.’.

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

12

 

Clause  19,  page  10,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(i)    

provision about obligations of a licence holder to advise the Secretary of

 

State of any accidents, near accidents or leakages relating to the facility.’.

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

13

 

Clause  26,  page  14,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

the appropriate length of appointment for an inspector.’.

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

14

 

Clause  26,  page  14,  line  14,  at end add—

 

‘(c)    

by the revocation of the licence, at the discretion of the Secretary of

 

State.’.

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

15

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  line  3,  after ‘facility’, insert ‘and about the examination by

 

inspectors of the closing of the facility.’.

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

16

 

Clause  36,  page  23,  line  47,  after ‘sources’, insert ‘and research and development

 

costs involved in enabling the industry to make efficiency gains;’.

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

17

 

Clause  36,  page  24,  line  30,  at end insert ‘, providing that such a review is

 

undertaken at least every four years.’.

 

Charles Hendry

 

Mr John Baron

 

18

 

Clause  36,  page  29,  line  30,  after ‘biomass’, insert ‘and to set out acceptable

 

circumstances for the growing of biomass;’.

 


 
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