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Renewable Energy Amendment (Feed-in-Tariff for Electricity) Bill 2010

 

 

 

2010

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renewable Energy Amendment (Feed-in-Tariff for Electricity) Bill 2010

 

No.      , 2010

 

(Senator Milne)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 to support the greater commercialisation of renewable energy technologies, and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 2

4............ Object.................................................................................................. 2

5............ Review of operation of Act................................................................. 2

Schedule 1—Amendment of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000            4

 



A Bill for an Act to amend the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 to support the greater commercialisation of renewable energy technologies, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

 

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Renewable Energy Amendment (Feed-in-Tariff for Electricity) Act 2010 .

2   Commencement

                   This Act commences 28 days after the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3   Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

4   Object

                   The object of this Act is to support the commercialisation of a broad range of prospective renewable energy technologies by:

                     (a)  providing specifically tailored support for a range of renewable energy technologies that are currently not adequately assisted by the mandatory renewable energy target;

                     (b)  requiring electricity distributors to permit owners of both small and large scale qualifying generators to supply the electricity grid with electricity generated from selected renewable energy sources;

                     (c)  providing a payment or a rebate to owners of qualifying generators after the commencement of this Act for the renewable electricity which they produce after the commencement of this Act from renewable energy sources;

                     (d)  establishing an effective regime to monitor the extent of production of renewable electricity by owners of qualifying generators.

5   Review of operation of Act

             (1)  The Minister must cause to be prepared an independent report on the operation of the amendments made by this Act for the period beginning on the date of its commencement and ending on the next 30 June after that date, and for each subsequent 12 month period ending on 30 June in a later year.

             (2)  If the day on which this Act commences is on or after 1 January in a year, the report prepared under subsection (1) in relation to the period from that day to 30 June in that year must be included in and presented with the report prepared under subsection (1) for the year beginning on 1 July next following the commencement of this Act.

             (3)  The Minister must cause a copy of a report prepared under subsection (1) to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 5 sitting days of that House after the day on which he or she receives the report.

             (4)  A report prepared under subsection (1) must include:

                     (a)  details of total renewable energy produced from each source listed in section 17 of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 ; and

                     (b)  total payments made under the feed-in-tariff rate scheme in accordance with section 34J of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 ; and

                     (c)  total amounts of feed-in-tariff levies received under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Feed-in-Tariff Levy Act 2008 .