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Energy Act 2013

Paragraph 19: Licence modifications

234.Paragraph 19 provides the Secretary of State with powers to modify generation, transmission and distribution licences, the standard conditions of such licences and documents maintained in accordance with conditions of such licences (such as industry codes). There are two purposes for which the powers are exercisable (see sub-paragraph (2)) – which relate to the provision of services or enforcement. For example, the powers may be used to make amendments to the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) (which is a document falling within sub-paragraph (1)(c)) to enable the BSC company to provide settlement services to the Secretary of State, an investment contract counterparty or a CFD counterparty. Or new licence conditions could be imposed to assist in the enforcement of obligations under investment contracts were contractual remedies thought insufficient to provide protection against abuse.

235.The powers to make licence modification here are supplemented by section 64, which also contains requirements of the procedures that need to be followed in connection with modifications.

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