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Energy Act 2008

Section 40: The Northern Ireland renewables obligation

150.Subsection (1) of section 40 amends section 121 of the Energy Act 2004. Section 121 permits the Authority to carry out, on behalf of the Northern Ireland Authority, functions conferred on the Northern Ireland authority under or for the purposes of Articles 52 to 55 of the Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003. These functions relate to the administration of the RO in Northern Ireland. The amendments made by this section ensure that the Authority can continue to act on behalf of the Northern Ireland authority even if Articles 52 to 55 are amended by an order under Article 56. Article 56 confers power to amend Articles 52 to 55 to reflect any changes made to the corresponding legislation for Great Britain.

151.Subsection (2) ensures that the power in Article 56 of the Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 to amend articles 52 to 55 of that Order, extends to making provision corresponding to the amendments made by section 37 (i.e. the new sections 32 to 32M of the Electricity Act 1989).

152.Subsection (3) applies where an order is made under Article 56 amending articles 52 to 55 of the Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, and, by virtue of changes made by that order, a Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation Order is made under Article 52 of the Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (“the NI RO order”). It provides that the consultation requirements which have to be satisfied before the NI RO order is made may be satisfied by consultation carried out before the Article 56 order came into force or this Act was passed.

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