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Energy Act 2004

Section 85: Application of criminal law to renewable energy installations

240.This section provides a power to establish, by Order in Council, criminal jurisdiction over any “renewable energy installation” in a Renewable Energy Zone and over the waters within a safety zone declared pursuant to section 95. A “renewable energy installation” is defined in section 104, subsections (3) to (5). This section also provides for an Order in Council to extend the jurisdiction of the police in relation to offences which might have been committed on, under or above a renewable energy installation or in waters within a safety zone.

241.An Order in Council may extend not only to renewable energy installations in a Renewable Energy Zone but also to those in tidal waters and parts of the sea in or adjacent to Great Britain up to the limits of the territorial sea. The intention is that an Order in Council will ensure uniformity of criminal jurisdiction for all renewable energy installations in the waters covered.

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