Energy Bill — Clause 80 — Use of Planning Committee Decision Date Rather Than Date Planning Permission was Granted — 14 Mar 2016 at 17:30

The majority of MPs voted against using a planning committee decision date, rather than the date planning permission was formally granted, as the cut-off date for allowing electricity generated from onshore wind turbines to be counted towards supplier's obligations to provide a certain amount of electricity generated from renewable sources.

MPs were considering the Energy Bill.[1]

The amendment rejected in this vote was:

  • Amendment 8, page 50, line 46, at end insert—
  • ‘( ) evidence that—
  • (i) an application for 1990 Act permission or 1997 Act permission was made on or before 18 June 2015 for the station or for additional capacity,
  • (ii) the relevant planning authority resolved to grant 1990 Act permission or 1997 Act permission on or before 18 June 2015,
  • (iii) 1990 Act permission or 1997 Act permission was granted after 18 June 2015, and
  • (iv) any conditions as to the time period within which the development to which the permission relates must be begun have not been breached.”

Had it not been rejected this amendment would have impacted Clause 80 of the Bill[2]. Clause 79 of the Bill prevents electricity generated by onshore wind generating stations from being counted towards a supplier's obligation provide a certain amount of electricity from renewable sources. Clause 80 provides for exceptions, generally for stations accredited before 31 March 2016, and including generating stations for which planning permission had been applied for prior to 18 June 2015 but not granted until after that date on appeal. This amendment sought to extend that exemption to stations approved by planning committees before 18 June 2015 but for which the planning permission was not granted until a later date.

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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
Con271 (+2 tell) 0082.7%
DUP0 1012.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 1033.3%
Lab0 183079.2%
LDem0 000.0%
SDLP0 2066.7%
SNP0 39 (+2 tell)075.9%
Total:271 227078.7%

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