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Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2009

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2008-2009

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2009

 

(1)     Clause 2, page 2 (table item 3), omit the table item, substitute:

3.  Schedule 2

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

[commencement of exemptions for trade exposed activities]

(2)     Schedule 1, page 4 (after line 14), after item 3, insert:

3A  At the end of section 21

Add:

             (4)  Certificates must only be created for the bona fide installation of a solar water heater intended to remain in its original configuration and location for the life of the unit.

             (5)  Certificates must only be created for the installation of a solar water heater having a volumetric capacity of not more than 700 litres.

[creation of certificates for solar water heaters]

(3)     Schedule 1, page 5 (after line 14), after item 7, insert:

7A  After paragraph 39(3)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  for a year after 2014 and before 2031—the required GWh of emerging renewable energy source electricity for the year; and

[emerging renewable energy source electricity]

(4)     Schedule 1, page 6 (before line 1), after item 8, insert:

8C  At the end of Division 2 of Part 4

Add:

40A  Required GWh of emerging renewable energy source electricity

             (1)  The required GWh of emerging renewable energy source electricity for a year is set out in the following table:

 

Required GWh of emerging renewable energy source electricity

Year

GWh

2015

1375

2016

2875

2017

4375

2018

5875

2019

7375

2020

8875

2021

8875

2022

8875

2023

8875

2024

8875

2025

8875

2026

8875

2027

8875

2028

8875

2029

8875

2030

8875

             (2)  The required GWh of emerging renewable energy source electricity for a year specified in subsection (1) is a component of the required GWh of renewable source electricity for that year specified in subsection 40(1).

             (3)  The following table sets out the emerging baseload technologies and their features that qualify as providing emerging renewable energy source electricity for the purposes of subsection (1):

 

Type of technology

        Features

Solar thermal energy or Solar concentrator energy

·          evacuated-tube collectors

·          parabolic-trough collectors

·          dish/engine systems

·          power towers

·          transpired collectors (heating)

Geothermal energy

·          flash steam power plants

·          dry steam power plants

·          binary cycle power plants

·          direct use geothermal (hot water systems)

·          geothermal heat pumps (heating)

Ocean thermal energy

·          closed cycle electricity conversion systems

·          open cycle electricity conversion systems

·          hybrid systems (a combination of closed and open cycle systems)

Tidal energy

Wave energy conversion systems:

·          channel systems

·          float systems

·          oscillating water column systems

Biofuels

·          bioethanol

·          biodiesel

·          methane (produced by anaerobic digestion)

·          pyrolysis oil

Biopower (or Biomass power)

·          direct-fired biopower plants

·          co-firing biopower plants

·          gasification (e.g. Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) coal-based power generation)

             (4)  The regulations may provide for additional emerging baseload technologies to be added to the table in subsection (3).

             (5)  A generation unit for a technology listed in subsection (3) must be 1 MW capacity or greater to qualify as emerging baseload capacity capable of providing emerging renewable energy source electricity for the purposes of subsection (1).

             (6)  The regulations must make provision for the inclusion of emerging renewable energy source electricity in relation to:

                     (a)  the acquisition of electricity by a liable entity;

                     (b)  the creation and transfer of certificates;

                     (c)  the calculation of the renewable power percentage for a year;

                     (d)  the required renewable energy of a liable entity for a year;

                     (e)  the surrender of certificates by a liable entity for a year

                      (f)  the renewable energy certificate shortfall of a liable entity for a year.

[emerging renewable energy source electricity]

(5)     Schedule 2, item 2, page 7 (lines 14 to 16), omit the definition of emission-intensive trade-exposed activity , substitute:

emission-intensive trade-exposed activity means an activity that is taken to be an emission-intensive trade-exposed activity under the regulations.

[trade exposed activities]

(6)     Schedule 2, item 3, page 7 (lines 17 to 21), omit the item.

[trade exposed activities]

(7)     Schedule 2, item 8, page 8 (after line 15), after section 38A, insert:

38AA  Regulations in relation to emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities

             (1)  The regulations must determine the activities that are emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities for the purpose of a liable entity receiving a partial exemption for a year that is used in working out the liable entity’s renewable energy certificate shortfall for that year under section 38.

             (2)  Regulations made for the purpose of subsection (1) must commence on or before 1 January 2010, which must be after the end of the disallowance period for the regulations (subject to section 42 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 ).

             (3)  In this section:

disallowance period for regulations means the period:

                     (a)  beginning on the earliest day on which the regulations are laid before a House of the Parliament in accordance with section 38 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 ; and

                     (b)  ending on the day on which 15 sitting days of each House of the Parliament have passed since the regulations were laid before the particular House of the Parliament.

[trade exposed activities]

(8)     Schedule 2, item 8, page 8 (line 17), section 38B, omit “The”, substitute “(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), the”.

[consequential - trade exposed activities - aluminium industry and food processing industry (sheet 5868)]

(9)     Schedule 2, item 8, page 8 (after line 22), at the end of section 38B, add:

             (2)  If the aluminium production industry is determined to be an emissions-intensive trade-exposed activity in regulations made under subsection 38AA(1), the partial exemption of an aluminium producer is to be calculated to be equal to 90% of the producer’s total acquisition of electricity during the relevant year.

[trade exposed activities - aluminium industry]

(10)   Schedule 2, item 8, page 8 (after line 22), at the end of section 38B, add:

             (3)  Regulations made under subsection 38AA(1) must determine a food processing activity, to the extent that it is trade-exposed, to be an emissions-intensive trade-exposed activity. The partial exemption of an emissions-intensive trade-exposed food processing activity for 2010 and any later year is to be calculated to be equal to 90% of the additional renewable source electricity acquisition obligation of the activity during the relevant year.

             (4)  In subsection (3):

additional renewable source electricity acquisition obligation means the amount of renewable source electricity that the activity is required to acquire under this Act after the commencement of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Act 2009 in addition to the amount of renewable source electricity that the activity was required to acquire under this Act before the commencement of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Act 2009 .

[trade exposed activities - food processing industry]

(11)   Schedule 2, item 8, page 8, (line 23), omit “ Authority’s ”, substitute “ Regulator’s ”.

[Regulator to manage partial exemptions for trade exposed activities]

(12)   Schedule 2, item 8, page 8 (line 23) to page 9 (line 9), omit “Authority” (wherever occurring), substitute “Regulator”.

[Regulator to manage partial exemptions for trade exposed activities]

(13)   Schedule 2, item 14, page 10 (line 11) to page 11 (line 29), omit “Authority” (wherever occurring), substitute “Regulator”.

[Regulator to manage partial exemptions for trade exposed activities]