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Energy Act 2008

Government Bill

Originated in the House of Commons, session 2007-08

Last updated: 12 March 2009 at 11:41

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Long title

A Bill to make provision relating to gas importation and storage; to make provision in relation to electricity generated from renewable sources; to make provision about the decommissioning of energy installations and wells; to make provision about the management and disposal of waste produced during the operation of nuclear installations; to make provision relating to petroleum licences; to make provision about third party access to oil and gas infrastructure and modifications of pipelines; to make provision about reports relating to energy matters; to make provision relating to gas meters and electricity meters and provision relating to electricity safety; to make provision about the security of equipment, software and information relating to nuclear matters; and for connected purposes.

Summary

The Energy Bill contains the legislative provisions required to implement UK energy policy following the publication of the Energy Review 2006 and the Energy White Paper 2007. This policy is driven by the two long-term energy challenges faced by the UK: tackling climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and ensuring secure, clean and affordable energy.Key areas
  • Strengthens the regulatory framework for offshore gas supply infrastructure to enable private sector investment
  • Creates a regulatory framework to enable private sector investment in Carbon Capture and Storage projects
  • Strengthens the Renewables Obligation to drive greater and more rapid deployment of renewables in the UK
  • Strengthens statutory decommissioning provisions for offshore renewables and oil and gas installations to minimise the risk of liabilities falling to the Government
  • Improves the offshore oil and gas licensing regime in response to changes in the commercial environment and enable the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to carry out its regulatory functions more effectively
  • Ensures the operators of new nuclear power stations accumulate funds to meet the full costs of decommissioning and their full share of waste management costs
  • Introduces amending powers such that Ofgem is able to run the offshore electricity transmission licensing regime more effectively.

Sponsoring departments

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
Mr John Hutton
Labour, Barrow and Furness
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
Lord Jones of Birmingham
Other, Life peer

Current version of the Bill

Commons Amendment - html version
20 November 2008
Commons

Bill passage

Bill started in the House of Commons
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Bill in the House of Lords
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Final stages
Consideration of amendments
Royal Assent
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