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House of Commons

 
 

Wednesday 24 June 2009

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill


 

Joan Ruddock

 

1

 

Page  1,  line  1,  leave out Clause 1.

 


 

Joan Ruddock

 

2

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  20,  leave out from ‘means’ to end of line 21 and insert ‘—

 

‘(a)    

the generation of electricity or heat from renewable or low-carbon

 

sources by the use of any equipment, the capacity of which to generate

 

electricity or heat does not exceed the capacity specified in subsection

 

(2A); and

 

(b)    

energy efficiency measures.

 

(2A)    

That capacity is—

 

(a)    

in relation to the generation of electricity, 5 megawatts;

 

(b)    

in relation to the generation of heat, 5 megawatts thermal.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment alters the definition of “green energy”, aligning the concept with existing

 

legislative terms, and giving it the meaning of generation of electricity or heat from renewable or

 

low-carbon sources. It sets capacity limits relating to that generation and provides that “green

 

energy” includes energy efficiency measures.

 

Joan Ruddock

 

3

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  leave out lines 22 and 23 and insert—

 

‘(3)    

In carrying out any function under this Act, the Secretary of State must have

 

regard to—’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The Secretary of State is the only person who can perform functions under the Bill, and therefore


 
 

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Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill, continued

 
 

this amendment replaces the reference to “any person” with a reference to the Secretary of State.

 


 

Joan Ruddock

 

4

 

Page  2,  line  4,  leave out Clause 3.

 


 

Joan Ruddock

 

5

 

Page  2,  line  36,  leave out Clause 4.

 


 

Joan Ruddock

 

6

 

Page  3,  line  25,  leave out Clause 5.

 


 

Joan Ruddock

 

7

 

Page  3,  line  41,  leave out Clause 6.

 


 

Joan Ruddock

 

8

 

Clause  7,  page  4,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

This Act comes into force at the end of 2 months beginning with the day on which

 

it is passed.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment has the effect that the Bill will come into force 2 months after it is passed, which

 

is the normal minimum period after Royal Assent.

 

Joan Ruddock

 

9

 

Clause  7,  page  4,  line  4,  after ‘England’ insert ‘and Wales’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment alters the territorial extent of the Bill to include Wales. This is a technical

 

requirement because the jurisdiction of whose law the Bill will form part is “England and Wales”:

 

however, the amendment will have no practical effect because the new clauses apply to England


 
 

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Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill, continued

 
 

only.

 


 

Joan Ruddock

 

10

 

Page  5,  line  1,  leave out the Schedule.

 


 

new clauses

 

Microgeneration strategy

 

Joan Ruddock

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State must prepare and publish a strategy for the promotion of

 

microgeneration in England.

 

(2)    

Before preparing the strategy, the Secretary of State must consult—

 

(a)    

persons who appear to the Secretary of State to represent the producers

 

and suppliers of equipment for microgeneration; and

 

(b)    

any other persons whom the Secretary of State thinks it appropriate to

 

consult.

 

(3)    

Consultation under subsection (2) must begin within 6 months beginning with the

 

coming into force of this Act.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State must publish the strategy within 6 months beginning with

 

the end of the consultation.

 

(5)    

In preparing the strategy, the Secretary of State must—

 

(a)    

consider the contribution that is capable of being made by

 

microgeneration to the matters specified in section 82(3) of the Energy

 

Act 2004 (microgeneration strategy for Great Britain); and

 

(b)    

have regard to any other strategy published by the Secretary of State on

 

or after 1st July 2009 in so far as it relates to the generation of electricity

 

or heat from renewable or low-carbon sources.

 

(6)    

The Secretary of State must take reasonable steps to secure the implementation of

 

the strategy.

 

(7)    

In this section—

 

“microgeneration” has the meaning given by section 82 of the Energy Act

 

2004, but as if in subsection (8) of that section for “45 kilowatts thermal”

 

there were substituted “300 kilowatts thermal”;

 

“renewable or low-carbon source” means a source of energy or technology

 

specified in section 82(7) of the Energy Act 2004.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This clause requires consultation on, and publication of, a strategy to promote microgeneration in

 

England and aligns the definition of “microgeneration” with the Energy Act 2004 (but increasing


 
 

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the limit for heat to 300kW thermal). It is intended to replace clause 3 of the Bill.

 


 

Microgeneration: dwellinghouses

 

Joan Ruddock

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State must amend the Town and Country Planning (General

 

Permitted Development) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/418) (the “GPDO”), in relation to

 

England, to provide for the grant of planning permission for specified classes of

 

equipment for microgeneration on, or within the curtilage of, a dwellinghouse.

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(2)    

The classes of equipment for microgeneration specified by virtue of subsection

 

(1) must be or include wind turbines and air source heat pumps.

 

(3)    

“Specified” in subsections (1) and (2) means specified in the GPDO.

 

(4)    

The amendment mentioned in subsection (1) must be made within 6 months

 

beginning with the coming into force of this Act.

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(5)    

Provision by virtue of subsection (1) may grant planning permission subject to

 

limitations, exceptions or conditions.

 

(6)    

The Secretary of State must review the effect of the amendment of the GPDO as

 

soon as reasonably practicable after the end of 2 years beginning with the date on

 

which the amendment comes into force.

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(7)    

In this section “microgeneration” has the meaning given by section 82 of the

 

Energy Act 2004.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This clause, intended to replace Clause 5 of the Bill, requires amendments to the GPDO to grant

 

permitted development rights for wind turbines and air source heat pumps within 6 months of the

 

Bill’s coming into force. It also requires a review of these amendments after 2 years.

 

As an Amendment to Joan Ruddock’s proposed New Clause (Microgeneration:

 

dwellinghouses) (NC2):—

 

Martin Horwood

 

David Howarth

 

(a)

 

Line  6,  after subsection (2), insert—

 

‘(2A)    

The Secretary of State must, within two years of the coming into force of this

 

section, bring forward proposals to introduce micro-hydro power, to be included

 

in subsection (2).’.

 


 

Microgeneration: non-domestic land

 

Joan Ruddock

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—


 
 

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‘(1)    

The Secretary of State must consider amending the GPDO for the purpose of

 

facilitating the installation of equipment for microgeneration on non-domestic

 

land in England.

 

(2)    

In subsection (1) “non-domestic land” means buildings, or other land, other than

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a dwellinghouse or land within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse.

 

(3)    

Consideration under subsection (1) must begin within 6 months beginning with

 

the coming into force of this Act.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State must, as soon as reasonably practicable, lay a report before

 

Parliament setting out the outcome of the consideration under subsection (1).

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(5)    

In considering what, if any, amendments should be made to the GPDO, the

 

Secretary of State—

 

(a)    

must have regard to the results of any relevant consultation which has

 

been carried out by the Secretary of State in relation to the GPDO; and

 

(b)    

may carry out further consultation if the Secretary of State thinks it

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appropriate.

 

(6)    

In this section “microgeneration” has the same meaning as in section

 

[Microgeneration: dwellinghouses].’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This clause, intended to replace Clause 4 of the Bill, requires the Secretary of State to consider

 

amending the GPDO to grant permitted development rights for microgeneration equipment on

 

non-domestic land. The amendment requires the Secretary of State to take account of earlier

 

consultations and also enables further consultation.

 

As an Amendment to Joan Ruddock’s proposed New Clause (Microgeneration: non-

 

domestic land) (NC3):—

 

Martin Horwood

 

David Howarth

 

(a)

 

Line  15,  after subsection (5), insert—

 

‘(5A)    

For the purposes of subsection (5), any consultation undertaken before the day on

 

which this Act is passed is as effective as it would have been if undertaken after

 

that day.’.

 


 

Interpretation

 

Joan Ruddock

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

In this Act—

 

“dwellinghouse” includes a building which consists wholly of flats;

 

“energy efficiency measure” means a measure to improve efficiency in the

 

use by consumers of electricity, gas or any other source of energy;

 

“equipment” means anything which is plant for the purposes of section

 

82(6) of the Energy Act 2004;

 

“fuel poverty” has the meaning given by section 1 of the Warm Homes and

 

Energy Conservation Act 2000;


 
 

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“the GPDO” has the meaning given by section [Microgeneration:

 

dwellinghouses](1);

 

“renewable or low-carbon source” has the meaning given by section

 

[Microgeneration strategy](7).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This clause is intended to replace Clause 1 and defines specific terms used in the Bill, where

 

possible aligning them with existing definitions in other legislation.

 


 
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