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1998-1999-2000

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

THE SENATE

 

 

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Bill 2000

 

 

 

 

Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

in place of Senate amendments nos 2 and 7

 

(2)     Opp (1) [Sheet 2095]

          Clause 5, page 3 (after line 22), after the definition of document , insert:

ecologically sustainable means that an action is consistent with the following principles of ecologically sustainable development:

                     (a)  decision-making processes should effectively integrate both long-term and short-term economic, environmental, social and equitable considerations;

                     (b)  if there are threats of serious or irreversible environmental damage, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent environmental degradation;

                     (c)  the principle of inter-generational equity, which is that the present generation should ensure that the health, diversity and productivity of the environment is maintained or enhanced for the benefit of future generations;

                     (d)  the conservation of biological diversity and ecological integrity should be a fundamental consideration in decision-making;

                     (e)  improved valuation, pricing and incentive mechanisms should be promoted.

(7)     Opp (1) [Sheet 2098]

          Clause 17, page 11 (lines 21 to 25), omit the clause, substitute:

17  What is an eligible renewable energy source ?

             (1)  The following energy sources are eligible renewable energy sources :

                     (a)  hydro;

                     (b)  wind;

                     (c)  solar;

                     (d)  bagasse co-generation;

                     (e)  black liquor;

                      (f)  wood waste;

                     (g)  energy crops;

                     (h)  crop waste;

                      (i)  food and agricultural wet waste;

                      (j)  landfill gas;

                     (k)  municipal solid waste combustion;

                      (l)  sewage gas;

                    (m)  geothermal-aquifer;

                     (n)  tidal;

                     (o)  photovoltaic and photovoltaic Renewable Stand Alone Power Supply systems;

                     (p)  wind and wind hybrid Renewable Stand Alone Power Supply systems;

                     (q)  micro hydro Renewable Stand Alone Power Supply systems;

                      (r)  solar hot water;

                      (s)  co-firing;

                      (t)  wave;

                     (u)  ocean;

                     (v)  fuel cells;

                    (w)  hot dry rocks.

             (2)  The following energy sources are not eligible renewable energy sources:

                     (a)  fossil fuels;

                     (b)  waste products derived from fossil fuels.

             (3)  The regulations may prescribe any matter necessary or convenient to give effect to this section.

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule of the amendment made by the Senate in place of the amendment

made by the House of Representatives in place of Senate amendment no. 24

 

(24)   Opp (1) [Sheet 2094]

          Page 94 (after line 23), at the end of the bill, add:

162  Review of operation of Act

             (1)  The Minister must cause an independent review of the operation of this Act, including consideration of:

                     (a)  the extent to which the Act has:

                              (i)  contributed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and

                             (ii)  encouraged additional generation of electricity from renewable energy sources; and

                     (b)  the extent to which the policy objectives of this Act have been achieved and the need for any alternative approach; and

                     (c)  the mix of technologies that has resulted from the implementation of the provisions of this Act; and

                     (d)  the level of penalties provided under this Act; and

                     (e)  the need for indexation of the renewable energy shortfall charge to the Consumer Price Index to maintain the real value of the charge and the associated penalty charge; and

                      (f)  other environmental impacts that have resulted from the implementation of the provisions of this Act, including the extent to which non-plantation forestry waste has been utilised; and

                     (g)  the possible introduction of a portfolio approach, a cap on the contribution of any one source and measures to recognise the relative greenhouse intensities of various technologies; and

                     (h)  the level of the overall target and interim targets;

to be undertaken as soon as practicable after the second anniversary of the commencement of this Act.

             (2)  A person who undertakes such a review must give the Minister a written report of the review.

             (3)  The Minister must cause a copy of the report of the review to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 12 months after the second anniversary of the commencement of this Act.

             (4)  In this section:

independent review means a review undertaken by persons who:

                     (a)  in the Minister’s opinion possess appropriate qualifications to undertake the review; and

                     (b)  include one or more persons who are not employed by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth authority and have not, since the commencement of the Act, provided services to the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth authority under or in connection with a contract.

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule of the further amendments made by the Senate

 

Govt (1) to (25) [Sheet EL244]

(1)     Clause 3, page 2 (line 13), omit “certificate”, substitute “shortfall”.

(2)     Clause 5, page 5 (line 21), omit “ certificate ”, substitute “ shortfall ”.

(3)     Clause 8, page 8 (line 8), omit “certificate”, substitute “shortfall”.

(4)     Clause 21, page 13 (line 9), omit “January”, substitute “April”.

(5)     Subclause 23A(1), omit “January”, substitute “April”.

(6)     Clause 26, page 15 (after line 30), after subclause (3), insert:

          (3A)  A certificate is not eligible for registration unless the Regulator has been paid the fee (if any) prescribed by the regulations for the registration of the certificate.



(7)     Clause 28, page 17 (after line 9), after subclause (2), insert:

          (2A)  The notification must be accompanied by the fee (if any) prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection.

(8)     Heading to Part 4, page 22 (line 2), omit “ certificate ”, substitute “ shortfall ”.

(9)     Clause 36, page 22 (line 10), omit “ certificate charge ”, substitute “ shortfall charge ”.

(10)   Clause 36, page 22 (line 12), omit “certificate”, substitute “shortfall”.

(11)   Clause 36, page 22 (line 17), omit “certificate”, substitute “shortfall”.

(12)   Clause 37, page 22 (line 25), omit “for the year”.

(13)   Clause 40, page 25 (table item dealing with 2001), omit “400”, substitute “300”.

(14)   Clause 44, page 28 (after line 29), at the end of the clause, add:

             (5)  The annual energy acquisition statement must also be accompanied by the fee (if any) prescribed by the regulations for the surrender of the renewable energy certificates that are being surrendered for the year.

(15)   Clause 45, page 29 (line 6), omit “person”, substitute “entity”.

(16)   Clause 46, page 29 (line 22), omit “certificate”, substitute “shortfall”.

(17)   Clause 47, page 30 (line 14), omit “certificate”, substitute “shortfall”.

(18)   Clause 47, page 30 (line 21), omit “certificate”, substitute “shortfall”.

(19)   Clause 48, page 31 (line 2), omit “certificate”, substitute “shortfall”.

(20)   Clause 48, page 31 (line 6), omit “certificate”, substitute “shortfall”.

(21)   Clause 48, page 31 (line 13), omit “certificate”, substitute “shortfall”.

(22)   Clause 48, page 31 (line 17), omit “certificate”, substitute “shortfall”.

(23)   Clause 48, page 31 (line 22), omit “certificate”, substitute “shortfall”.

(24)   Clause 98, page 58 (lines 8 to 10), omit subclause (2).

(25)   Page 94 (after line 23), at the end of the bill, add:

Part  17 Application of Act to 2001

   

163   Object of Part

                   The object of this Part is:

                     (a)  not to apply this Act to the period of 3 months commencing on 1 January 2001; but

                     (b)  to apply this Act to the period of 9 months commencing on 1 April 2001 as if that period were the whole of the year commencing on 1 January 2001.

This means that the Act does not apply to electricity generated before 1 April 2001.

164   Modification of references to a year

                   This Act applies in relation to the year commencing on 1 January 2001 as if all references to a year, to the extent that they are references to the year commencing on 1 January 2001 (including specific references to the year commencing on 1 January 2001), were references to the period of 9 months commencing on 1 April 2001.

165   Modification of other references

                   This Act applies in relation to the year commencing on 1 January 2001 as if the reference in section 39 to “31 March in the year” were a reference to “30 June in the year”.

 

 

 

 

 

HARRY EVANS

Clerk of the Senate

 

The Senate

7 December 2000