Wind Turbines (Minimum Distances from Residential Premises) Bill [HL] 2010-11 The Bill's First Reading took place on 26 July and marked the start of the Bill's journey through the House of Lords. The Second Reading and the general debate on all aspects of the Bill are yet to be scheduled. The Bill would require a minimum distance be established between wind turbines and residential premises, depending on the size of the wind turbine, and for connected purposes. Residential premises would include farm houses and, if a number of wind turbine generators are being built as part of the same project, the minimum distance requirement would apply to each wind turbine generator individually. Minimum distances are between 1000m and 2000m for turbines over 25m. The Bill would apply to England and Wales.
Energy Security and Green Economy Bill
In August 2010 the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) posted a summary of key provisions that are set to be included in the Energy Security and Green Economy Bill, due for a First Reading in Parliament in autumn 2010. The Bill aims to improve energy efficiency in residential homes as well as businesses and advance low carbon energy production. Government intends for the Bill to implement aspects of its 'Green Deal' which envisions a 'pay as you save' approach to fitting buildings, enabling residents and business occupiers to increase the energy efficiency of their buildings without the burden of finding front-end costs, the costs instead being covered by a charge on energy bills. Provisions of the Bill also include: (i) powers to create an Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to replace current obligations on energy companies designed to reduce carbon missions under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT); (ii) measures to plan for enhanced energy security and allow for an extension of smart meter roll-outs to 2018; (iii) provide further clarity as to how and when the Secretary of State may modify nuclear operators' Funded Decommissioning Programmes, to encourage investor confidence; (iv) requirements to ensure that energy companies include consumption comparisons and tariff rates on energy bills; (v) introduction of a special administration facility for insolvent electricity and gas suppliers; (vi) grant of powers to the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) to collect information from energy companies; and (vii) provisions to amend or repeal outdated or redundant energy legislation.
PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS
National Park Authorities Bill 2010-11 This Bill was presented to Parliament on 5 July 2010 for First Reading. This Bill will be on the Order Paper for a Second Reading debate on 1 April 2011. The Bill is to empower the Secretary of State to abolish National Park Authorities and for connected purposes and review arrangements for governing national parks.