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Energy Act 2013

Section 132: Duties in relation to a statement

544.This section provides that the Authority has the duty to “have regard to” the strategic priorities in the statement (subsection (1)). Subsections (2) and (3) confer a duty on both the Secretary of State and the Authority to carry out their regulatory functions in a manner which the Secretary of State or the Authority consider is best calculated to further the delivery of the policy outcomes in the statement, subject to the application of the principal objective duty (as defined in subsection (6) – essentially, the duty to carry out functions in the manner best calculated to protect the interests of existing and future consumers, wherever appropriate by promoting competition).

545.Subsections (4), (5) and (9) explain what is meant by “regulatory functions”. Regulatory functions can be found in a number of places. For example, Part 1 of the Gas Act 1986 and Part 1 of the Electricity Act 1989, various provisions in the Energy Acts 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2011 as well as other provisions in this legislation and any future functions to which the principal objectives and statutory duties in the Gas Act 1986 and Electricity Act 1989 will be applied.

546.The Authority also has a duty to give notice to the Secretary of State if at any time it concludes that a policy outcome is not realistically achievable (subsection (7)). Subsection (8) sets out what information this notice must include, that is the grounds on which the Authority reached its conclusion and what, if anything, the Authority is doing or planning to do to further the delivery of that outcome as far as is reasonably practicable.

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