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Energy Act 2008

Section 69: Decommissioning notices relating to offshore renewable energy installations

311.This section amends the decommissioning regime for offshore renewable installations as set out in the Energy Act 2004 by enabling the Secretary of State to serve a decommissioning notice on an associate of a developer requiring the associate to submit a decommissioning programme. This power can only be used if the Secretary of State is not satisfied that adequate arrangements have been made by the developer.

312.Subsections (1) to (3) amend section 105 of the Energy Act 2004, adding associates of those persons set out in section 105(1) of the Energy Act 2004 into the list of persons from whom the Secretary of State may require a decommissioning programme.

313.Subsection (4) inserts a new section 105A (Section 105 notices: supplemental) into the Energy Act 2004. This new section details the circumstances in which the Secretary of State can issue a notice to an associate, requiring an associate to submit a decommissioning programme. This can only be done (subject to the exceptions specified in section 105A(2)) where the Secretary of State has already served a notice on a person listed in section 105(2)(a) and if, having done so, the Secretary of State is not satisfied that adequate arrangements, including financial arrangements, have been made by the recipient of that notice to carry out the decommissioning programme satisfactorily. The exceptions in section 105A(2) are that there has been a failure by the person with primary responsibility for the installation to comply with a notice served under section 105(2), or, the Secretary of State has rejected a programme submitted by such a person pursuant to such a notice.

314.The provisions in new section 105A(3) to (8) set out the test for determining whether one body corporate is associated with another. In essence, one body corporate is associated with another if one of them controls the other or if a third body corporate controls both of them. The tests of control in various different situations are contained in subsections (4) to (8). The principal cases dealt with are where the body controlled is a company (subsection (4)) and where the body controlled is a limited liability partnership (subsection (5)).

315.Subsection (5) of section 66 (which adds a new subsection (3A) to section 108 of the Energy Act 2004) clarifies that, when carrying out of a review of an approved decommissioning programme under section 108 of the Energy Act 2004, the bodies on whom the Secretary of State can impose a decommissioning liability on include associates of someone who is already subject to a decommissioning liability.

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