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57.—(1) Subject to the following provisions of this Article, Article 35 of the Electricity Order (electricity from non-fossil fuel sources) shall cease to have effect.

(2) The Department may by order make such provision as it considers necessary or expedient for the purpose of—

(a)saving orders under Article 35 of the Electricity Order made before the coming into operation of paragraph (1);

(b)preserving, modifying, replacing or otherwise dealing with arrangements (as mentioned in that Article) made pursuant to such an order, including making provision for substituting different parties to the arrangements or for replacement arrangements to be between parties different from those party to the replaced arrangements.

(3) The power in paragraph (2)(b) may be exercised both before the coming into operation of paragraph (1) and afterwards.

(4) An order under this Article may, in particular, provide for Article 35 (apart from paragraphs (3) and (4)) to continue to have effect with modifications specified in the order.

(5) An order under this Article may impose requirements in relation to the sale of any electricity acquired under arrangements made pursuant to an order under Article 35 of the Electricity Order (or such arrangements as modified or replaced by virtue of an order under this Article).

(6) Requirements imposed under paragraph (5) may include requirements as to the application of the proceeds of sale of any electricity mentioned in that paragraph.

(7) An order under this Article may provide—

(a)that any specified requirement contained in it is to be treated as a relevant requirement for the purposes of Part VI; and

(b)for one of those requirements to be that a person referred to in sub-paragraph (a) or (b) of paragraph (8) is not to act or omit to act as set out there;

but, while paragraphs (3) and (4) of Article 35 of the Electricity Order remain in force, an order may not provide for anything which would be an offence under Article 35 (3) of that Order to be treated as a relevant requirement.

(8) The persons, acts and omissions referred to in paragraph (7)(b) are—

(a)an act or omission by a person subject to requirements contained in the order which prevents any arrangements made pursuant to the order from securing such results as are specified in the order; and

(b)an act or omission by a party to arrangements made pursuant to an order under Article 35 of the Electricity Order made before the coming into operation of paragraph (1) (or such arrangements as modified or replaced by virtue of an order under this Article) which prevents the arrangements from securing the result mentioned in paragraph (2) of that Article (or that paragraph as modified by virtue of an order under this Article), or such corresponding result as is specified in the order.

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