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[F1Further provision about the renewables obligationN.I.

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53.(1) A renewables obligation order may make provision generally in relation to the renewables obligation.

(2) A renewables obligation order may, in particular, specify—

(a)how the number of renewables obligation certificates required to be produced by an electricity supplier in respect of the amount of electricity supplied by him to customers in Northern Ireland during a specified period is to be calculated;

(b)different obligations for successive periods of time;

(c)that renewables obligation certificates issued in respect of electricity generated—

(i)using specified descriptions of renewable sources

(ii)by specified descriptions of generating stations

(iii)in specified ways, or

(iv)in other specified cases or circumstances,

are to count towards discharging an electricity supplier's obligation only up to a specified number, or a specified proportion, of the certificates required to be produced to discharge the obligation;

(d)that a specified number, or a specified proportion, of the renewables obligation certificates produced by an electricity supplier when discharging his renewables obligation must be certificates in respect of electricity generated—

(i)using specified descriptions of renewable sources,

(ii)by specified descriptions of generating station,

(iii)in specified ways, or

(iv)in other specified cases or circumstances;

(e)how the amount of electricity supplied by an electricity supplier to customers in Northern Ireland during a specified period is to be calculated;

(f)that specified information, or information of a specified nature, is to be given to the Authority;

(g)the form in which such information is to be given and the time by which it is to be given.

(3) A renewables obligation certificate may count once only towards the discharge of the renewables obligation.

(4) A renewables obligation order may, in relation to any specified period (“the current period”)—

(a)provide that renewables obligation certificates in respect of electricity supplied in a later period may, when available, be counted towards discharging the renewables obligation for the current period;

(b)provide that renewables obligation certificates in respect of electricity supplied in the current period may, in a later period, be counted towards discharging the renewables obligation for that period;

(c)specify how much later the later period referred to in sub-paragraph (a) or (b) may be;

(d)specify a maximum proportion of the renewables obligation for any period which may be discharged as mentioned in sub-paragraph (a) or (b);

(e)specify a maximum proportion, or maximum number of, the renewables obligation certificates issued in respect of electricity supplied in any period which may be counted towards discharging the renewables obligation for a different period.

(5) For the purposes of paragraph (4) a certificate which certifies that electricity has been used in a permitted way (within the meaning of Article 54(7) and (8)) in a particular period is to be treated as if it were a certificate which certifies that electricity has been supplied in that period.]

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