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Utilities Bill

This is the text of the Utilities Bill, as amended in Committee in the House of Lords and printed on 20th April 2000.

 
 
  
Utilities Bill
 
 
 
 
ARRANGEMENT OF CLAUSES

PART I
NEW REGULATORY ARRANGEMENTS
Clause 
1.Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.
2.Gas and Electricity Consumer Council.
3.Transfer to Authority and Council of functions, property etc.
4.Forward work programmes.
5.Annual and other reports of the Authority.
6.Publication of advice and information about consumer matters.
7.Co-operation between Authority and Council.
8.Payments by licence holders relating to new arrangements.

PART II
OBJECTIVES OF REGULATION OF GAS AND ELECTRICITY
Gas
9.Objectives and duties under 1986 Act.
10.Guidance on social and environmental matters in relation to gas.
11.Health and safety in relation to gas.
12.Exceptions from the general duties under 1986 Act.

Electricity
13.Objectives and duties under 1989 Act.
14.Guidance on social and environmental matters in relation to electricity.
15.Health and safety in relation to electricity.
16.Exceptions from the general duties under 1989 Act.

PART III
FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL
17.Preliminary.
18.Acquisition and review of information.
19.Provision of advice and information to public authorities and other persons.
20.Provision of information to consumers.
21.Power to publish advice and information about consumer matters.
22.Complaints.
23.Investigations by the Council.
24.Provision of information to the Council.
25.Publication of notice of reasons.
26.Provision of information by the Council to the Authority.
27.Sections 24 to 26: supplementary.

PART IV
AMENDMENT OF THE ELECTRICITY ACT 1989
Electricity licensing
28.Prohibition on unlicensed distribution of electricity.
29.Exemptions from electricity licensing.
30.Licences authorising supply etc. of electricity.
31.Enactments referring to public electricity suppliers.
32.Electricity licence conditions.
33.Standard conditions of electricity licences.
34.Modification of conditions of particular licence.
35.Modification of standard conditions of licences.
36.Electricity licence modification references.
37.Reports on modification references.
38.Modification following report.
39.Competition Commission's power to veto modifications following report.
40.Modification by order under other enactments.
41.Transfer of electricity licences.
42.Reasons for decisions under the 1989 Act.
43.Altering activities requiring electricity licence.

Duties of electricity distributors
44.Duty to connect on request.
45.Abolition of tariffs.
46.Power to recover expenditure.
47.Power to require security.
48.Additional terms of connection.
49.Special agreements with respect to connection.
50.General duties of electricity distributors.

Electricity code and metering
51.The electricity code.
52.Amendment of Schedule 7 to the 1989 Act.

Powers of electricity licence holders
53.Powers of electricity licence holders.

Electricity performance standards
54.Standards of performance in individual cases.
55.Overall standards of performance.
56.Standards of performance: procedures.
57.Information with respect to levels of performance.
58.Information to be given to customers.

Enforcement of obligations
59.Financial penalties.
60.Licence enforcement.

Remuneration and service standards
61.Links between directors' remuneration and electricity service standards.

Electricity from renewable sources
62.Obligation in connection with electricity from renewable sources.
63.Orders under section 32: supplementary.
64.Green certificates.
65.Alternative way of discharging renewables obligation: payments.
66.Modification and abolition of fossil fuel levy.
67.Supplementary.

Miscellaneous
68.Modification of licences: electricity trading arrangements.
69.Help for disadvantaged groups of electricity customers.
70.Energy efficiency requirements for electricity distributors and suppliers.
71.General duties of transmission licence holders in Scotland.
72.Uniform prices etc. in certain areas of Scotland.
73.Maximum prices for reselling electricity.

PART V
AMENDMENT OF THE GAS ACT 1986
Gas licensing
74.Gas licence conditions.
75.Exceptions from section 5 of 1986 Act.
76.Gas transporters.
77.Restriction on use of certain pipe-lines for providing a supply of gas.
78.Construction of pipe-lines by gas transporters.
79.Duty to facilitate competition.
80.Gas transporters' duty to make a connection.
81.Standard conditions of gas licences.
82.Modification of standard conditions of gas licences.
83.Modification of licence conditions following Competition Commission report.
84.The gas code.
85.Transfer of gas licences.
86.Exemptions from gas licensing.
87.Reasons for decisions under the 1986 Act.
88.Altering activities requiring gas licence.

Gas performance standards
89.Repeal of section 10(2) to (5) of the Gas Act 1995.
90.Standards of performance in individual cases.
91.Overall standards of performance.
92.Standards of performance: procedures.
93.Information with respect to levels of performance.
94.Information to be given to customers.

Enforcement of obligations
95.Financial penalties.
96.Licence enforcement.

Remuneration and service standards
97.Links between directors' remuneration and gas service standards.

Miscellaneous
98.Help for disadvantaged groups of gas customers.
99.Energy efficiency requirements for gas transporters and suppliers.
100.Exercise of power to make regulations.
101.Standards of gas quality.
102.Maximum prices for reselling gas.

PART VI
MISCELLANEOUS AND SUPPLEMENTARY
Miscellaneous
103.Specialist members of the Competition Commission.
104.General restrictions on disclosure of information.

Supplementary
105.Interpretation.
106.Financial provisions.
107.Amendments, transitional provisions and repeals.
108.Power to make transitional provision etc.
109.Short title, commencement and extent.
 

SCHEDULES:
    Schedule 1-The Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.
    Schedule 2-The Gas and Electricity Consumer Council.
    Schedule 3-Further provision about transfers of functions, property etc..
    Schedule 4-Schedule to be substituted for Schedule 6 to the 1989 Act.
    Schedule 5-Electricity metering.
    Schedule 6-Minor and consequential amendments.
    Part I-Gas Act 1986.
    Part II-Electricity Act 1989.
    Part III-Other Acts.
    Schedule 7-Transitional provisions and savings.
    Part I-Separation of electricity supply and distribution.
    Part II-Secretary of State's licensing schemes.
    Part III-Electricity Licensing.
    Part IV-Other transitional provisions and savings.
    Schedule 8-Repeals.
 


 
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