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Electricity Act 1989

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32Electricity from non-fossil fuel sources

(1)The Secretary of State may, after consultation with the Director and with the suppliers concerned, by order require each public electricity supplier in England and Wales or each such supplier in Scotland, before a day specified in the order, to make (in so far as he has not already done so) and produce evidence to the Director showing that he has made—

(a)such arrangements; or

(b)where a previous order under this subsection has had effect in relation to him, such additional arrangements,

as will secure the result mentioned in subsection (2) below.

(2)The result referred to in subsection (1) above is that, for a period specified in the order, there will be available to the public electricity supplier—

(a)from non-fossil fuel generating stations; or

(b)if the order so provides, from non-fossil fuel generating stations of any particular description,

an aggregate amount of generating capacity which is not less than that specified in relation to him in the order; and an order under subsection (1) above may make different provision for different suppliers.

(3)A public electricity supplier who—

(a)fails to comply with an order under subsection (1) above; or

(b)having complied with such an order, by any act or omission of his prevents the arrangements made by him from securing the result mentioned in subsection (2) above,

shall be liable on conviction on indictment to a fine.

(4)No proceedings shall be instituted in England and Wales in respect of an offence under this section except by or on behalf of the Secretary of State.

(5)Subject to subsection (6) below, if throughout any period a public electricity supplier—

(a)is entitled under a contract to purchase, at any wattage specified in the contract, electricity generated by a particular non-fossil fuel generating station; or

(b)himself operates a non-fossil fuel generating station and, of the station’s capacity, any wattage does not fall to be regarded, by virtue of paragraph (a) above, as available to any other person,

a generating capacity of that wattage shall be regarded for the purposes of this section as available to that supplier from that station for that period.

(6)The amount of a non-fossil fuel generating station’s capacity which may be regarded as available for the purposes of this section shall not exceed that station’s declared net capacity; and where different parts of such a station’s capacity fall to be regarded as available to different persons, any excess over that station’s declared net capacity shall be apportioned between those persons in such manner as the Director may determine.

(7)If the Secretary of State is satisfied that any such arrangements as are mentioned in subsection (1) above have been made before the day specified in the first order under that subsection, he may certify that those arrangements—

(a)have been made by such one or more public electricity suppliers as are specified in the certificate; and

(b)are such as will secure such a result as is so specified;

and a certificate under this subsection shall be conclusive evidence of the matters stated in it.

(8)In this section—

  • “coal products” means any substances produced directly or indirectly from coal;

  • “declared net capacity”, in relation to a non-fossil fuel generating station, means the highest generation of electricity (at the main alternator terminals) which can be maintained indefinitely without causing damage to the plant less—

    (a)

    so much of that capacity as is consumed by the plant; and

    (b)

    in the case of a station which is capable of being fuelled by a fossil fuel, so much of that capacity as the Director may determine;

  • “fossil fuel” means coal, coal products, lignite, natural gas, crude liquid petroleum or petroleum products;

  • “natural gas” and “petroleum products” have the same meanings as in the [1976 c. 76.] Energy Act 1976;

  • “non-fossil fuel generating station” means a generating station which is (or may be) fuelled or driven otherwise than by a fossil fuel;

and for the purposes of this section a public electricity supplier shall be regarded as such a supplier in England and Wales or such a supplier in Scotland, according as his authorised area falls wholly or mainly in England and Wales or wholly or mainly in Scotland.

(9)The Secretary of State may by regulations provide—

(a)that subsections (5) to (8) above shall have effect in relation to any non-fossil fuel generating station which is driven by water, wind or solar power with such modifications as may be prescribed; and

(b)that electricity generated outside the United Kingdom shall be treated for the purposes of subsection (5)(a) above as generated by a non-fossil fuel generating station in such circumstances and to such extent as may be prescribed.

(10)In relation to any time before the commencement of section 4 above, any requirement imposed by subsection (1) above to consult with public electricity suppliers in England and Wales or public electricity suppliers in Scotland shall be construed as a requirement to consult with the Area Boards or, as the case may be, the Scottish Boards.

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