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Energy Act 2011

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Lord Marland
Department for Energy and Climate Change
Chris Huhne
Department for Energy and Climate Change

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Lords

  1. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

  • Royal Assent Royal Assent | 18.10.2011

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Energy Act 2011 c.16 19.10.2011

Latest news on the Energy Act 2011

The House of Lords considered and agreed to the Commons amendments on 4 October.

Royal Assent took place on 18 October. This is the final stage of the Bill’s passage through Parliament when the Bill becomes an Act (law).


Summary of the Energy Act 2011

The flagship policy in the Bill is the 'Green Deal', a scheme whereby householders, private landlords and businesses would be given finance upfront to make energy efficiency improvements, which would then be paid for by energy bill savings. It also introduces a range of other provisions.

Key areas

  • establishes a new obligation on energy companies to help certain groups of consumers, who need extra support, with saving energy
  • facilitates the roll-out of smart meters
  • widens access to energy performance certificates
  • makes information on energy bills clearer
  • introduces measures designed to help improve energy security and to encourage low carbon generation
  • grants additional powers to the Coal Authority to charge for certain services.

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