Renewable Energy (Electricity)(Charge) Amendment Bill 2000


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Bills Digest No. 79  2000-01
Renewable Energy (Electricity)(Charge) Amendment Bill 2000

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This Digest was prepared for debate. It reflects the legislation as introduced and does not canvass subsequent amendments. This Digest does not have any official legal status. Other sources should be consulted to determine the subsequent official status of the Bill.

CONTENTS

Passage History
Purpose
Background
Main Provisions
Endnotes
Contact Officer & Copyright Details

 

Passage History

Renewable Energy (Electricity)(Charge) Amendment Bill 2000

Date Introduced: 7 December 2000

House: Senate

Portfolio: Environment and Heritage

Commencement: Immediately after the commencement of the Renewable Energy (Electricity)(Charge) Act 2000(1)

Purpose

To amend the Renewable Energy (Electricity)(Charge) Act 2000 so that both the obligations imposed upon large buyers of electricity under the Government's mandatory renewable energy target and the penalty for non-compliance with these obligations commence at the same time.

Background

Legislation underpinning the Government's mandatory renewable energy scheme,(2) the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 and the Renewable Energy (Electricity)(Charge) Act 2000, was introduced into Parliament in June 2000, but not finally passed until October 2000. The effect of this delay was that the scheme could not start on 1 January 2001 as originally envisaged by the Government.

As passed in October 2000, the Renewable Energy (Electricity)(Charge) Act 2000 introduced a penalty ('shortfall charge') for electricity buyers that failed to meet annual targets, starting 1 January 2001. The Renewable Energy (Electricity)(Charge) Amendment Bill 2000(3) corrects this situation by deleting the reference to 2001 in calculating the rate of shortfall charge in the Renewable Energy (Electricity)(Charge) Act 2000.

Main Provisions

Item 1 of schedule 1 amends section 6 of Renewable Energy (Electricity)(Charge) Act 2000. The effect of this is that the potential liability to pay a shortfall charge will only occur when the Renewable Energy (Electricity)(Charge) Act 2000 commences, rather from 1 January 2001.

Endnotes

  1. Which is 18 January 2001.
  2. Readers are referred to Bills Digest no. 198 of 1999-2000 for background on the scheme. The Digest can be viewed at: http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/bd/1999-2000/2000BD198.htm
  3. The Bill was introduced into Parliament at midnight on 7 December (the last sitting day of the year) and passed by both houses during the early morning hours of 8 December.

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Angus Martyn
18 January 2001
Bills Digest Service
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ISSN 1328-8091
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