Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006

Miscellaneous and final provisions

26Interpretation

(1)In this Act—

  • “fuel poverty” shall be construed in accordance with the provisions of section 1 of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 (c. 31);

  • “greenhouse gas” means any of the following—

    (a)

    carbon dioxide;

    (b)

    methane;

    (c)

    nitrous oxide;

    (d)

    hydrofluorocarbons;

    (e)

    perfluorocarbons;

    (f)

    sulphur hexafluoride;

  • “microgeneration” means the use for the generation of electricity or the production of heat of any plant (which, for this purpose, includes any equipment, apparatus or appliance)—

    (a)

    which, in generating electricity or (as the case may be) producing heat, relies wholly or mainly on a source of energy or a technology mentioned in subsection (2), and

    (b)

    the capacity of which to generate electricity or (as the case may be) to produce heat does not exceed the capacity mentioned in subsection (3);

  • “public authority” has the same meaning as in section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 (c. 42).

(2)Those sources of energy and technologies are—

(a)biomass;

(b)biofuels;

(c)fuel cells;

(d)photovoltaics;

(e)water (including waves and tides);

(f)wind;

(g)solar power;

(h)geothermal sources;

(i)combined heat and power systems.

(3)That capacity is—

(a)in relation to the generation of electricity, 50 kilowatts;

(b)in relation to the production of heat, 45 kilowatts thermal.

(4)The Secretary of State may by order amend subsection (2) by adding to the sources of energy and technologies for the time being listed any other source of energy or technology for the generation of electricity or production of heat if he considers that the use of that source of energy or technology would cut emissions of greenhouse gases in Great Britain.

(5)The power to make an order under subsection (4) —

(a)is exercisable by statutory instrument, and

(b)includes power to make such supplemental or consequential provision (including provision modifying this section) and such transitional or saving provision as the Secretary of State thinks fit.

(6)No order under that subsection may be made unless a draft of the order—

(a)has been laid before Parliament, and

(b)has been approved by a resolution of each House.

27Expenses

There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament—

(a)any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown by virtue of this Act, and

(b)any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment.

28Commencement

(1)Sections 1, 3 to 5, 7 to 11, 13, 14, 18 to 21 and 23 to 25 come into force at the end of the period of two months beginning with the day on which this Act is passed.

(2)Sections 2, 6, 12 and 22 come into force on 1st January 2007.

(3)Sections 15 to 17 come into force in accordance with provision made by the Secretary of State by order.

(4)The power of the Secretary of State to make an order under subsection (3)—

(a)is exercisable by statutory instrument, and

(b)includes power to make such transitory, transitional or saving provision as the Secretary of State considers necessary or expedient.

29Short title and extent

(1)This Act may be cited as the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006.

(2)Sections 3, 10, 11, 13, 14 and 19 to 21 extend to England and Wales only.

(3)Sections 4, 5, 7 to 9, 15 to 18 and 23 to 25 extend to England and Wales and Scotland only.