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Energy Act 2010

Sections 7 & 8: CCS demonstration projects and additional CCS use & Interpretation of Part

36.These sections set out the definitions for a number of terms used in this Part. In particular, section 7(1) defines “CCS demonstration project” to mean the demonstration and assessment of CCS technology through its use in commercial electricity generation, and work required to prepare for or assess the feasibility of this (for example, a Front-End Engineering and Design study). Section 7(2) defines “additional CCS use” as the use of CCS technology in commercial electricity generation outside the confines of a CCS demonstration project as well as work required to prepare for or assess the feasibility of such use. This means the retrofit of additional CCS capacity to power stations that already have a CCS demonstration project.

37.“Commercial electricity generation” is defined in section 7(4) to mean the generation of electricity on a commercial scale. The financial support mechanism could therefore be used to support CCS demonstration projects on any form of commercial electricity generation; however, as set out at paragraph 13, the Government’s intention is to use the mechanism to support projects on 4 coal-fired power stations.

38.A number of the terms used in these definitions (e.g. “carbon capture and storage technology” and “carbon dioxide”) are also defined.

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