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Energy Act 2010

Section 20: Final and provisional orders: appeals

107.This section sets out a special process for appealing against any order which Ofgem makes under section 25 of the Electricity Act 1989 (“Orders for securing compliance”) for the enforcement of the MPLC. Subsection (2) allows licence holders who are the subject of an order to appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (“the CAT”) against the order. Under subsection (3), the CAT can decide whether it wishes to decide on all or part of the matter, or whether it wishes to remit all or part of the matter back to Ofgem (or, indeed, do both). Subsection (4) provides for what the CAT may do in the event it re-determines an appealed matter: permitting it to uphold, set aside or substitute its own final or provisional order.

108.Appeals to the CAT will be subject to the Tribunal’s rules, and subsection (6) provides that subsections (2) to (5) will be subject to those rules.

109.Subsection (7) prevents an order for securing compliance from being challenged by any form of legal proceedings other than an appeal to the CAT under this section. Subsection (8) provides that any decision by the CAT will have the same effect, and will be enforced in the same manner, as a decision of Ofgem.

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