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Energy Act 2010

Section 21: Penalties: appeals

110.This section allows generation licence holders to appeal to the CAT regarding a penalty imposed by Ofgem under section 27A of the Electricity Act 1989 in relation to the MPLC. Subsection (2) provides that an appeal can be made against the imposition of a penalty, the size of that penalty and the date on which they have been directed to pay the whole, or part, of that penalty. Subsection (3) enables the CAT to uphold the penalty, set aside the penalty, substitute another amount for the penalty or vary the date by which the penalty, or any part of it, is required to be paid.

111.This section has a number of provisions that are identical to those in section 20. Any decision by the CAT will have the same effect, and will be enforced in the same manner, as a decision by Ofgem (subsection (7)). Furthermore, appeals to the CAT will be subject to the Tribunal’s rules, and subsections (2) to (4) are subject to those rules (subsection (5)). Subsection (6) ensures that it will not be possible to challenge penalties imposed by Ofgem except by an appeal to the CAT under this section.

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