The Energy Bill was first introduced to Parliament - into the Lords - on 8 December 2010.
On 15 March 2011, the Energy Bill moved to the House of Commons with its First Reading.
The key Second Reading stage was held on Tuesday 10 May 2011 and the Commons Committee Stage was held over three weeks in June 2011. Steve Brine sat as a Government MP on the Bill Committee and made many contributions to the line by line scrutiny of this Bill.
The Energy Act received Royal Assent on 18 October 2011.
The Act seeks to provide for some of the key elements of the Coalition's Programme for Government and its first Annual Energy Statement, and has three principal objectives:
- Tackling barriers to investment in energy efficiency to homes and businesses
- Enhancing energy security; and
- Enabling investment in low carbon energy supplies
The key purpose of the Bill is to provide a step change in the provision of energy efficiency measures to home and businesses through the Green Deal. It will create a new financing framework to enable the provision of fixed improvements to the energy efficiency of households and non-domestic properties, funded by a charge on energy bills that avoids the need for consumers to pay upfront costs. Steve Brine has recently secured confirmation from Ministers that the Green Deal will also be available to Park Home owners. See more on this story here.
The Act is the first step in our legislative programme and further legislation will be sought to implement, for example, the findings of the Electricity Market Reform Programme.
Full details of the Act, including the Green Deal ...
You can see full details on the Energy Act page of DECC's website here. You can search this page on the Parliament website for contributions by Steve Brine during the passage of the Energy Bill in 2011.