Energy Bill completes passage through Commons
The government’s Energy Bill had its Report Stage and Third Reading in the Commons on Monday 14 March. Among its provisions, the legislation would close the Renewables Obligation (RO) to new onshore wind from April, with a set of grace periods. At Report Stage the government introduced a new backstop power that will ensure that, should the Northern Ireland Executive fail to align the closure of its RO with that of the rest of the UK, the additional costs would be de-socialised and picked up exclusively by consumers in Northern Ireland. The Bill also provides the Oil and Gas Authority with the powers needed to serve as the regulator of the North Sea industry.