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Utilities Act 2000

2000 CHAPTER 27

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

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  1. Part I

    New regulatory arrangements

    1. 1. Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.

    2. 2. Gas and Electricity Consumer Council.

    3. 3. Transfer to Authority and Council of functions, property etc.

    4. 4. Forward work programmes.

    5. 5. Annual and other reports of Authority.

    6. 6. Publication of advice and information about consumer matters.

    7. 7. Co-operation between Authority and Council.

    8. 8. Payments by licence holders relating to new arrangements.

  2. Part II

    Objectives of regulation of gas and electricity

    1. Gas

      1. 9. Objectives and duties under 1986 Act.

      2. 10. Guidance on social and environmental matters in relation to gas.

      3. 11. Health and safety in relation to gas.

      4. 12. Exceptions from the general duties under 1986 Act.

    2. Electricity

      1. 13. Objectives and duties under 1989 Act.

      2. 14. Guidance on social and environmental matters in relation to electricity.

      3. 15. Health and safety in relation to electricity.

      4. 16. Exceptions from the general duties under 1989 Act.

  3. Part III

    Functions of the Council

    1. 17. Preliminary.

    2. 18. Acquisition and review of information.

    3. 19. Provision of advice and information to public authorities and other persons.

    4. 20. Provision of information to consumers.

    5. 21. Power to publish advice and information about consumer matters.

    6. 22. Complaints.

    7. 23. Investigations.

    8. 24. Provision of information to Council.

    9. 25. Publication of notice of reasons.

    10. 26. Provision of information by Council to Authority.

    11. 27. Sections 24 to 26: supplementary.

  4. Part IV

    Amendment of the Electricity Act 1989

    1. Electricity licensing

      1. 28. Prohibition on unlicensed distribution of electricity.

      2. 29. Exemptions from electricity licensing.

      3. 30. Licences authorising supply etc. of electricity.

      4. 31. Enactments referring to public electricity suppliers.

      5. 32. Electricity licence conditions.

      6. 33. Standard conditions of electricity licences.

      7. 34. Modification of conditions of particular licence.

      8. 35. Modification of standard conditions of licences.

      9. 36. Electricity licence modification references.

      10. 37. Reports on modification references.

      11. 38. Modification following report.

      12. 39. Competition Commission’s power to veto modifications.

      13. 40. Modification by order under other enactments.

      14. 41. Transfer of electricity licences.

      15. 42. Reasons for decisions under 1989 Act.

      16. 43. Altering activities requiring electricity licence.

    2. Duties of electricity distributors

      1. 44. Duty to connect on request.

      2. 45. Abolition of tariffs.

      3. 46. Power to recover expenditure.

      4. 47. Power to require security.

      5. 48. Additional terms of connection.

      6. 49. Special agreements with respect to connection.

      7. 50. General duties of electricity distributors.

    3. Electricity code and metering

      1. 51. The electricity code.

      2. 52. Amendment of Schedule 7 to 1989 Act.

    4. Powers of electricity licence holders

      1. 53. Powers of electricity licence holders.

    5. Electricity performance standards

      1. 54. Standards of performance in individual cases.

      2. 55. Overall standards of performance.

      3. 56. Standards of performance: procedures.

      4. 57. Information with respect to levels of performance.

      5. 58. Information to be given to customers.

    6. Enforcement of obligations

      1. 59. Financial penalties.

      2. 60. Licence enforcement.

    7. Remuneration and service standards

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

    8. Electricity from renewable sources

      1. 62. Obligation in connection with electricity from renewable sources.

      2. 63. Orders under section 32: supplementary.

      3. 64. Green certificates.

      4. 65. Alternative way of discharging renewables obligation: payments.

      5. 66. Abolition of fossil fuel levy.

      6. 67. Supplementary.

    9. Miscellaneous

      1. 68. Modification of licences: electricity trading arrangements.

      2. 69. Help for disadvantaged groups of electricity customers.

      3. 70. Energy efficiency requirements for electricity distributors and suppliers.

      4. 71. General duties of transmission licence holders in Scotland.

      5. 72. Uniform prices etc. in certain areas of Scotland.

      6. 73. Maximum prices for reselling electricity.

  5. Part V

    Amendment of the Gas Act 1986

    1. Gas licensing

      1. 74. Gas licence conditions.

      2. 75. Exceptions from section 5 of 1986 Act.

      3. 76. Gas transporters.

      4. 77. Restriction on use of certain pipe-lines for providing a supply of gas.

      5. 78. Construction of pipe-lines by gas transporters.

      6. 79. Duty to facilitate competition.

      7. 80. Gas transporters' duty to make a connection.

      8. 81. Standard conditions of gas licences.

      9. 82. Modification of standard conditions of gas licences.

      10. 83. Modification following Competition Commission report.

      11. 84. The gas code.

      12. 85. Transfer of gas licences.

      13. 86. Exemptions from gas licensing.

      14. 87. Reasons for decisions under 1986 Act.

      15. 88. Altering activities requiring gas licence.

    2. Gas performance standards

      1. 89. Repeal of section 10(2) to (5) of Gas Act 1995.

      2. 90. Standards of performance in individual cases.

      3. 91. Overall standards of performance.

      4. 92. Standards of performance: procedures.

      5. 93. Information with respect to levels of performance.

      6. 94. Information to be given to customers.

    3. Enforcement of obligations

      1. 95. Financial penalties.

      2. 96. Licence enforcement.

    4. Remuneration and service standards

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

    5. Miscellaneous

      1. 98. Help for disadvantaged groups of gas customers.

      2. 99. Energy efficiency requirements for gas transporters and suppliers.

      3. 100. Exercise of powers to make regulations.

      4. 101. Standards of gas quality.

      5. 102. Maximum prices for reselling gas.

  6. Part VI

    Miscellaneous and Supplementary

    1. Miscellaneous

      1. 103. Overall energy efficiency targets.

      2. 104. Specialist members of the Competition Commission.

      3. 105. General restrictions on disclosure of information.

    2. Supplementary

      1. 106. Interpretation.

      2. 107. Financial provisions.

      3. 108. Amendments, transitional provisions and repeals.

      4. 109. Power to make transitional provision etc.

      5. 110. Short title, commencement and extent.

  7. Schedules:

    1. Schedule 1

      The Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.

    2. Schedule 2

      The Gas and Electricity Consumer Council.

    3. Schedule 3

      Further provision about transfers of functions, property etc..

    4. Schedule 4

      Schedule to be substituted for Schedule 6 to the 1989 Act.

    5. Schedule 5

      Electricity metering.

    6. Schedule 6

      Minor and consequential amendments.

      1. Part I

        Gas Act 1986.

      2. Part II

        Electricity Act 1989.

      3. Part III

        Other Acts.

    7. Schedule 7

      Transitional provisions and savings.

      1. Part I

        Separation of electricity supply and distribution.

      2. Part II

        Secretary of State’s licensing schemes.

      3. Part III

        Former tariff customers.

      4. Part IV

        Other transitional provisions and savings.

    8. Schedule 8

      Repeals.

An Act to provide for the establishment and functions of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority and the Gas and Electricity Consumer Council; to amend the legislation regulating the gas and electricity industries; and for connected purposes.

[28th July 2000]

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

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