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House of Commons

 
 

Wednesday 24 June 2009

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill


 

[first sitting]


 

Joan Ruddock

 

Not selected  1

 

Page  1,  line  1,  leave out Clause 1.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

Joan Ruddock

 

Agreed to  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.’.

 

Joan Ruddock

 

Agreed to  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—’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Joan Ruddock

 

Not selected  4

 

Page  2,  line  4,  leave out Clause 3.


 
 

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Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

Joan Ruddock

 

Not selected  5

 

Page  2,  line  36,  leave out Clause 4.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

Joan Ruddock

 

Not selected  6

 

Page  3,  line  25,  leave out Clause 5.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

Joan Ruddock

 

Not selected  7

 

Page  3,  line  41,  leave out Clause 6.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

Joan Ruddock

 

Agreed to  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.’.

 

Joan Ruddock

 

Agreed to  9

 

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

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Joan Ruddock

 

Not selected  10

 

Page  5,  line  1,  leave out the Schedule.


 
 

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Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

new clauses

 

Microgeneration strategy

 

Joan Ruddock

 

Added  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.’.

 


 

Microgeneration: dwellinghouses

 

Joan Ruddock

 

Added  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


 
 

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Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill, continued

 
 

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.’.

 

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

 

dwellinghouses) (NC2):—

 

Martin Horwood

 

David Howarth

 

Not called  (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

 

Added  NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(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.


 
 

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(6)    

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

 

[Microgeneration: dwellinghouses].’.

 

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

 

domestic land) (NC3):—

 

Martin Horwood

 

David Howarth

 

Not called  (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

 

Added  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;

 

“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).

 

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

 


 
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