MPs have had their turn: now it’s your chance to have your say on UK Energy Bill

Fossil fuels and renewablesNow here’s your chance to have your (or your company’s say) on the bill, the main thrust of which is to formally established the UK Oil and Gas Regulator to MER out of the North Sea and to formalise the ending of subsidies for onshore wind farms in the UK.

You can submit views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill at its Third Reading.  

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Purpose of the Energy Bill

  • Establishing the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) as an independent regulator, taking the form of a government company. This will be achieved by transferring the existing regulatory powers on oil and gas held by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (the Secretary of State) to the OGA. The OGA would also be granted additional powers, which include—but are not limited to—access to company meetings and dispute resolutions.
  • Removing the requirement for the Secretary of State to give planning consent for onshore windfarms larger than 50 megawatts. When combined with secondary legislation to be made by the Government to amend the Planning Act 2008, this consenting requirement would be effectively transferred into the planning regime under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
  • Providing for the cessation of public subsidies for new onshore windfarms under the Renewables Obligation (RO).

The Bill would also validate prior charges made by the Offshore Oil and Gas Environment and Decommissioning Unit (OGED).

Follow the progress of the Energy Bill

The Energy Bill was initially published in the House of Lords and completed its Parliamentary stages there on 4 November 2015. The Bill arrived in the House of Commons on 5 November 2015 and had its second reading debate on 18 January 2016.

This Bill has now been committed to a Public Bill Committee which will hold its first meeting on Tuesday 26 January. The Public Bill Committee is expected to finish and report the Bill to the House by Tuesday 9 February 2016. There are no oral evidence sessions scheduled.

Deadline for submissions

Your submission should be emailed to scrutiny@parliament.uk

The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration.

The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 26 January; it will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Tuesday 9 February 2016.

Once the Committee reports it is no longer able to receive written evidence and it can report earlier than the expected deadline of 5.00pm on Tuesday 9 February 2016.

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