Energy Bill — Clause 10 — Financial Incentives for Larger Small Scale Low Carbon Generation Plants — 4 Jun 2013 at 17:45

Roger Godsiff MP, Birmingham, Hall Green voted to allow financial incentives for small-scale low-carbon generation of electricity to be paid to plants which were previously too big to be eligible.

The majority of MPs voted against enabling the provision of financial incentives intended to encourage small-scale low-carbon generation of electricity to plants with a generation capacity of 10 megawatts or more (at the time of the vote assistance was only provided to plants up to 5 megawatts in capacity).

The text of the rejected amendment was:

  • 1, page 8, line 8, at end insert—
  • ‘( ) Section 41(4)(a) of the Energy Act 2008 (“specified maximum capacity”) is amended as follows: “Specified maximum capacity” means the capacity specified by the Secretary of State by order, which must not be less than 10 megawatts.

At the time of the vote Section 41(4) of the Energy Act 2008 stated:

  • “specified maximum capacity” means the capacity specified by the Secretary of State by order, which must not exceed 5 megawatts;

The effect would have been to enable financial incentives (Feed In Tariffs (FITs)) to be given to small-scale low-carbon generation of electricity where the scale of generation capacity is over 10 megawatts, whereas at the time of the vote such incentives could only be given in respect of a plant with an output of up to 5 megawatts.

Had the amendment become law MPs would have been giving ministers the ability to pay incentives to any scale of generating plant they chose.

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con261 (+1 tell) 0085.9%
DUP1 70100.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 1050.0%
Lab0 226 (+2 tell)088.4%
LDem50 (+1 tell) 0091.1%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 1033.3%
SNP0 60100.0%
Total:312 245087.4%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Sammy WilsonEast AntrimDUP (front bench)no

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