The Energy from Buildings and Communities Bill

A Bill to place duties on the Secretary of State regarding the energy from buildings and communities; to require the Secretary of State to take specific action regarding energy efficiency; and for connected purposes.

1. Duties of the Secretary of State

(1) It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to

(a) include measures to promote energy from buildings and communities in

(i) any Industrial Strategy that he may draw up;

(ii) a National Infrastructure Project;

(iii) or otherwise.

(b) Either as part of that Strategy or of the National Infrastructure Project or otherwise to publish a plan (‘the plan’) to make

(i) all households in fuel poverty reach Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2030; and

(ii) all domestic buildings reach Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2035.

(2) Before publishing the plan the Secretary of State must consult such persons who, in his opinion, have an interest in the matter.

(3) The Secretary of State must take all reasonable steps to implement the plan.

(4) The Secretary of State must review the plan if it appears to him that the objective specified in section 1(1)(b) is not likely to be met.

2. Interpretation

In this Act

‘measures to promote energy from buildings and communities’ includes measures to save energy.

‘fuel poverty’ has the same meaning as in “Cutting the cost of keeping warm – a fuel poverty strategy for England” Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change by Command of Her Majesty March 2015 Cm 9019.

3. Citation Commencement and Extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Energy from Buildings and Communities Act.

(2) This Act shall come into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

(3) This Act applies to England and, subject to the agreement of the Welsh Assembly Government, to Wales.