Energy Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:00 pm on 12th April 2016.

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Motion on Commons Amendment 6

Moved by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

That this House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment 6.

6: After Clause 79, insert the following new Clause—“Onshore wind power: closure of renewables obligation on 31 March 2016(1) In Part 1 of the Electricity Act 1989 (electricity supply), after section 32LB insert—“32LC Onshore wind generating stations: closure of renewables obligation(1) No renewables obligation certificates are to be issued under a renewables obligation order in respect of electricity generated after 31 March 2016 by an onshore wind generating station.(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to electricity generated in the circumstances set out in any one or more of sections 32LD to 32LL.(3) In this section and sections 32LD to 32LL “onshore wind generating station” means a generating station that— (a) generates electricity from wind, and(b) is situated in England, Wales or Scotland, but not in waters in or adjacent to England, Wales or Scotland up to the seaward limits of the territorial sea.(4) The reference in subsection (1) to a renewables obligation order is to any renewables obligation order made under section 32 (whenever made, and whether or not made by the Secretary of State).(5) Power to make provision in a renewables obligation order or a renewables obligation closure order (and any provision contained in such an order) is subject to subsection (1) and sections 32LD to 32LL.(6) This section is not otherwise to be taken as affecting power to make provision in a renewables obligation order or renewables obligation closure order.”(2) The Renewables Obligation Closure Order 2014 (S.I. 2014/2388) is amended as follows.(3) In article 2(1) (interpretation), after the definition of “network operator” insert—““onshore wind generating station” means a generating station that—(a) generates electricity from wind, and(b) is situated in England, Wales or Scotland, but not in waters in or adjacent to England, Wales or Scotland up to the seaward limits of the territorial sea;”.(4) In article 3 (closure of renewables obligation on 31st March 2017)—(a) in the heading, after “solar pv stations” insert “or onshore wind generating stations”;(b) in paragraph (1), after “solar pv station” insert “or an onshore wind generating station”.”