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Energy Act 2008

Application of General Duties

Section 102: Application of general duties to functions relating to licences

597.Section 92 provides that in exercising any of the powers under this Act to amend licences granted under the Electricity Act 1989 and Gas Act 1986, the Secretary of State is bound by the general duties set out in Part 1 of each of those Acts. It thus ensures consistency with the existing statutory framework for the electricity and gas sectors.

598.Subsections (2) and (4) specify that these general duties apply when the Secretary of State is exercising his modification powers under the following sections:

  • Sections 41 to 43, in relation to the introduction of a feed-in tariff for small scale low carbon electricity generation;

  • Sections 84 to 86, in relation to directing changes to electricity transmission system licences and codes with the aim of helping to ensure timely and efficient access for electricity generation projects, including renewables;

  • Sections 88 to 91, in relation to the introduction of smart meters; and

  • Sections 95 and 98 in relation to recovering from licensees the costs of meter accuracy services for which the Secretary of State is taking over responsibility from the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.

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