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2.—(1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 (c. 33) applies to this Order as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

(2) In this Order—

[F1the Agency” means the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, established under the Agency Regulation;]

[F2the Agency Regulation” means Regulation (EC) No 713/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing an Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators;]

“authorised supplier”

(a)

in relation to electricity, means a person authorised by a licence or exemption to supply electricity;

(b)

in relation to gas, means a person authorised by a licence or exemption to supply gas;

“the Authority” means the Northern Ireland Authority for [F3Utility] Regulation;

[F4the CMA” means the Competition and Markets Authority;]

“consumers” includes both existing consumers and future consumers;

“the Council” means the General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland;

“the Department” means the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment;

[F5designated regulatory authority” means an authority designated in accordance with Article 35 of the Electricity Directive or Article 39 of the Gas Directive;]

[F6the Electricity Directive” means Directive 2009/72/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity and repealing Directive 2003/54/EC;]

[F7electricity distribution exemption holder” means a person who carries on the activity referred to in Article 8(1)(bb) of the Electricity Order under the authority of an exemption granted pursuant to Article 9 of that Order;]

[F8electricity generation exemption holder” means a person who carries on the activity referred to in Article 8(1)(a) of the Electricity Order under the authority of an exemption granted pursuant to Article 9 of that Order;]

“electricity licence” means a licence under Article 10 of the Electricity Order;

“the Electricity Order” means the Electricity (Northern Ireland) Order 1992 (NI 1);

[F9the Electricity Regulation” means Regulation (EC) No. 714/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 on conditions for access to the network for cross-border exchanges in electricity and repealing Regulation (EC) No. 1228/2003 [F10as amended from time to time];]

[F11electricity supply exemption holder” means a person who carries on the activity referred to in Article 8(1)(c) of the Electricity Order under the authority of an exemption granted pursuant to Article 9 of that Order;]

[F12Energy Efficiency Directive” means the European Parliament and Council Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency, amending Directive 2009/125/EC and 2010/125/EC and 2010/30/EU and repealing Directives 2004/8/EC and 2006/32/EC;]

[F13exemption holder” means any person who is—

(a)

an electricity generation exemption holder;

(b)

an electricity distribution exemption holder;

(c)

an electricity supply exemption holder;

(d)

a gas conveyance exemption holder;

(e)

a gas storage exemption holder; F14. . .

(f)

a gas supply exemption holder; [F15or]

(g)

[F16an LNG facility exemption holder;]]

[F17gas conveyance exemption holder” means a person who carries on the activity referred to in Article 6(1)(a) of the Gas Order under the authority of an exemption granted pursuant to Article 7 of that Order;]

[F18the Gas Directive” means Directive 2009/73/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas and repealing Directive 2003/55/EC;]

“gas licence” means a licence under Article 8 of the Gas Order;

“the Gas Order” means the Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (NI 2);

[F19the Gas Regulation” means Regulation (EC) No. 715/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 on conditions for access to the natural gas transmission networks and repealing Regulation (EC) No. 1775/2005 [F20as amended from time to time];]

[F21gas storage exemption holder” means a person who carries on the activity referred to in Article 6(1)(b) of the Gas Order under the authority of an exemption granted pursuant to Article 7 of that Order;]

[F22gas supply exemption holder” means a person who carries on the activity referred to in Article 6(1)(c) of the Gas Order under the authority of an exemption granted pursuant to Article 7 of that Order;]

“licence holder” means the holder of an electricity licence or a gas licence;

[F23LNG facility exemption holder” means the person who carries on an activity referred to in Article 6(1)(d) of the Gas Order under the authority of an exemption granted pursuant to Article 7 of that Order;]

“Northern Ireland” has the same meaning as in the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (c.47);

[F24the SEM Order” means the Electricity (Single Wholesale Market) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007;]

“statutory provision” has the meaning given by section 1(f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.

[F25Third Package” means—

(a)

the Electricity Directive;

(b)

the Gas Directive;

(c)

the Agency Regulation;

(d)

the Electricity Regulation; and

(e)

the Gas Regulation.]

(3) Expressions used in this Order, as regards matters relating to electricity, which are defined in Article 2 or 3 of the Electricity Order or used in Part II of that Order have the same meaning as in that Part of that Order.

(4) Expressions used in this Order, as regards matters relating to gas, which are defined in Article 2 or 3 of the Gas Order or used in Part II of that Order have the same meaning as in that Part of that Order.

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F5Art. 2: definition of "designated regulatory authority" inserted (15.4.2011) by Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/155), reg. 83

F6Art. 2: definition of "the Electricity Directive" inserted (15.4.2011) by Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/155), reg. 83

F7Art. 2: definition of "electricity distribution exemption holder" inserted (15.4.2011) by Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/155), reg. 83

F8Art. 2: definition of "electricity generation exemption holder" inserted (15.4.2011) by Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/155), reg. 83

F9Art. 2: definition of "the Electricity Regulation" inserted (15.4.2011) by Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/155), reg. 83

F10Art. 2(2): words in the definition of "the Electricity Regulation" inserted (12.4.2013) by Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (S.R. 2013/92), reg. 3(a)

F11Art. 2: definition of "electricity supply exemption holder" inserted (15.4.2011) by Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/155), reg. 83

F12Art. 2(2): definition of "Energy Efficiency Directive" inserted (25.7.2014) by Energy Efficiency Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (S.R. 2014/198), reg. 3

F14Art. 2(2): word in the definition of "exemption holder" omitted (12.4.2013) by virtue of Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (S.R. 2013/92), reg. 3(b)

F17Art. 2: definition of "gas conveyance exemption holder" inserted (15.4.2011) by Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/155), reg. 83

F20Art. 2(2): words in the definition of "the Gas Regulation" inserted (12.4.2013) by Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (S.R. 2013/92), reg. 3(a)

F21Art. 2: definition of "gas storage exemption holder" inserted (15.4.2011) by Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/155), reg. 83

F22Art. 2: definition of "gas supply exemption holder" inserted (15.4.2011) by Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/155), reg. 83

F23Art. 2(2): definition of "LNG facility exemption holder" inserted (12.4.2013) by Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 (S.R. 2013/92), reg. 3(c)

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