DECC works to ensure that the right legislative framework is in place to let us meet our policy objectives: reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, confirming global commitments to tackle climate change, and ensuring secure, affordable energy supplies.
We have successfully taken three Bills through Parliament, which are now the Energy Act 2008, the Climate Change Act 2008 and the Energy Act 2010. The Climate Change Act 2008: Impact Assessment was updated in March 2009 to reflect the Act's final contents.
A new Energy Bill 2010-2011 was announced in the Queen's Speech on 25 May 2010.
On 8 April 2010, the Energy Act 2010 received Royal Assent. It implements some of the key measures required to deliver DECC's low carbon agenda. It includes provisions on delivering a new financial incentive for carbon capture and storage, implementing mandatory social price support, and introducing a package of measures aimed at ensuring that the energy markets are working fairly for consumers and delivering secure and sustainable energy supplies.
In November 2008, the Planning Act 2008 was introduced which is of considerable importance for energy infrastructure projects (see the Communities and Local Government: Planning Act 2008 web pages).
Also in November 2008, the Planning and Energy Act 2008, a Private Member's Act, was introduced.
Further legislative developments will be added to this page in due course.
You can see and search for all relevant legislation on the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI): UK Statute Law Database website.