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Energy Act 2004

Section 169: Licence conditions to secure funding of energy administration

421.This section outlines how the Secretary of State can amend the conditions of gas and electricity licences to secure the funding of energy administration.

422.Subsection (1) specifies that the modifications that the Secretary of State can make to gas and electricity licences include requiring the holder of the licence to raise the charges imposed by him so as to raise such amounts as may be determined and to pay the amounts raised to specified persons for the purpose of making good a “shortfall” (as defined in subsection (3)) in the property of a protected energy company available to meet the expenses of energy administration, or for contributing to the making good of such a shortfall.

423.Subsection (2) provides that the modifications may require a licence holder to which the sums raised under subsection (1) are paid to apply those sums towards discharging the “shortfall”.

424.Subsection (3) defines a “shortfall” in meeting the expenses of energy administration as the property of the company being insufficient to meet the costs of energy administration. It also defines making payment to make good the shortfall as discharging “relevant debts” which cannot otherwise be met out of the available property.

425.Subsection (4) defines “relevant debts”. These include obligations to repay the grants, loans, sums paid out under an indemnity and sums paid out under guarantees under sections 165, 166 and 167.

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