Energy Bill [HL]

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:05 pm on 29th March 2004.

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Photo of Lord Triesman Lord Triesman Lords in Waiting (Whips) 6:05 pm, 29th March 2004

moved Amendment No. 191F:

After Clause 108, insert the following new clause—

"ISSUE OF GREEN CERTIFICATES IN NORTHERN IRELAND

(1) Article 54 of the Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/419 (N.I. 6)) (which contains provision corresponding to provision contained in section 32B of the 1989 Act) is amended as follows.

(2) After paragraph (2) insert—

"(2A) In paragraphs (1) and (2) 'Northern Ireland' does not include any part of the territorial sea of the United Kingdom.

(2B) The provision that may be contained by virtue of this Article in an order under Article 52 includes—

(a) provision for the person to whom a certificate is to be issued to be determined either before or after the supply of the electricity to which it relates; and

(b) provision for a determination as to the person to whom a certificate is to be issued to be made in accordance with such arrangements as may be specified in or determined under the order.

(2C) In the case only of a certificate relating to electricity that has been acquired, or is required to be acquired, under a qualifying arrangement, the arrangements within paragraph (2B)(b) that may be specified in or determined under the order include arrangements—

(a) requiring the determination of the person to whom the certificate is to be issued to be made by reference to financial bids made in respect of the certificate or in respect of both the certificate and the electricity to which it relates; and

(b) requiring that person to make a payment, in accordance with his bid, to such person as may be specified in or determined under the order.

(2D) In the case only of a certificate relating to electricity that has been acquired, or is required to be acquired, under a qualifying arrangement, provision falling within paragraph (2B)(b) may require the relevant person—

(a) to make and implement the arrangements that are specified in or determined under the order; and

(b) to comply with directions given to him by the Authority for that purpose.

(2E) A person who receives a payment in accordance with provision made by virtue of paragraph (2C)(b) shall apply the money received in such manner as the Department may direct.

(2F) A direction under paragraph (2E) may require that the money received or part of that money be paid to the Department.

(2G) Part VI shall apply in relation to a requirement imposed by virtue of paragraph (2D) or (2E) on a person who is not an electricity licence holder as if he were an electricity licence holder."

(3) After paragraph (3) insert—

"(4) An order under Article 52 may confer on the Authority functions in Northern Ireland in relation to the issue of Great Britain certificates.

(5) In this Article—

'Great Britain certificates' means certificates that are or may be issued by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority in accordance with provision included, by virtue of section 32B of the Electricity Act 1989, in an order under section 32 of that Act;

'qualifying arrangement' means an arrangement made pursuant to an order under Article 35 of the Electricity Order (or such an arrangement as modified or replaced by virtue of an order under Article 57 of this Order);

'relevant person' means, in relation to electricity that is acquired, or is required to be acquired, under a qualifying arrangement, the person who acquired it, or who is required to acquire it."

(4) The requirements of Article 52(6) of that Order (consultation before making an order) may be satisfied in the case of an order containing provision made by virtue of this section by consultation that took place wholly or partly before the commencement of this section.

(5) This section extends to Northern Ireland only."

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 109 [GEMA's power to act on behalf of Northern Ireland regulator]: