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

My Lords, I shall speak to Amendments Nos. 191M and 191N. The first relates to the timing of consultations on a renewables obligation order for Northern Ireland, allowing the DETI to consult on the detail as soon as possible and, if necessary, before it has made the amending order that it needs to make to reflect the changes introduced to the Electricity Act by the Bill. The new clause extends to Northern Ireland only.

The second amendment, Amendment No. 191N, allows the DETI to modify energy licence conditions in relation to amendments made to the energy order. Its principal purpose is to ensure that some or all the proceeds of the sales of the Northern Ireland NFFO NIROCs can, if appropriate, be used to offset the cost of the Northern Ireland NFFO to Northern Ireland consumers. That is already the case in relation to funds from the sales of the Northern Ireland NFFO electricity itself. That power will be able to be used for funds that have not been directed to other renewable uses by the DETI.

The amendments are useful and will ease the implementation and administration of renewable energy policy in Northern Ireland. I beg to move.