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Energy Act 2013

Schedule 2: Part 4
Paragraphs 16-18: Transfers

229.The above paragraphs provide powers to the Secretary of State, by transfer scheme, to transfer the property, rights and liabilities under an investment contract from the Secretary of State to an investment contract counterparty or a CFD counterparty, and from one counterparty to another.

230.Paragraph 16 sets out the broad power to make one or more transfer schemes and contains provision on how schemes are to take effect. This paragraph also introduces a duty to make a transfer scheme to transfer investment contracts from the Secretary of State or an investment contract counterparty to the CfD counterparty once three conditions are satisfied: that the CfD counterparty has been designated, the investment contract provisions in the Act have expired (31 December 2015 or earlier if an eligible generator has been defined under section 10(3)), and supplier obligation regulations under section 9 are in place to collect payments from suppliers. The duty does not apply to the extent that the Secretary of State considers it is appropriate in all circumstances to dis-apply it.

231.Paragraph 17 particularises the powers to make transfer schemes – for example, a scheme could make provision that in the case of any legal proceedings concerning an investment contract that is transferred, that the new counterparty body is to be substituted as a party (see paragraph 17(1)(c)). Paragraph 18 gives the Secretary of State the power to pay compensation to persons whose interests are adversely affected by a transfer scheme.

232.Supplementary provision is made in section 153 which relates to the powers to make schemes here. For example, powers are conferred to modify schemes.

233.The powers ensure that over the lifetime of an investment contract there is a mechanism in place to ensure that if an existing counterparty ceases to be suitable or willing to act as such, the investment contract can be transferred to another person designated as a counterparty. The Secretary of State is under a duty, by virtue of paragraph 5(6) and section 7, to ensure that where a counterparty ceases to be a counterparty, the property, rights and liabilities under any investment contracts are transferred to a new counterparty as soon as reasonably practicable.

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