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Energy Act 2011

Section 104: Offshore transmission and distribution of electricity: extension of time for licence modifications and property scheme applications

289.Subsections (1) and (2) of this section extend the life of powers available to the Secretary of State under sections 90 and 91 of the Energy Act 2004 to amend offshore transmission and distribution licences and coordination licences. The powers expired in December 2010. The extension is for eighteen months following the passing of this Act and is intended to enable the Secretary of State to finalise the implementation of the licensing regime for the construction and operation of offshore transmission assets.

290.Subsection (3) enables the Secretary of State to extend to 2025 the life of the powers of GEMA under Schedule 2A to the Electricity Act 1989 to make property transfer schemes. GEMA’s powers may be exercised where there is a tender exercise for the appointment of an offshore transmission owner, and the transmission assets are not constructed or installed by the successful bidder, and affected parties are unable to agree what property or rights need to be transferred to the successful bidder (or the valuation of them). The powers to make such schemes would otherwise have expired in 2013 unless extended by order until 2016.

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