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In this Bill unless the context otherwise requires,

“animal waste” means livestock, manure or any other material like bedding, milk house waste, soil, hair, feathers or debris normally included in animal waste handling operations;

 “Auditor-General” includes an auditor appointed by the Auditor-General;

“bio-degradable” means material that has the

(a) ability to break down safely and relatively quickly by biological means, into the raw materials of nature; or

(b) proven capability to decompose into non-toxic soil, water, carbon dioxide or methane;

“bio-fuel” means non fossil fuel produced from crops and plants;

“bio-fuel blend” means the mixture of a proportion of bio-fuel and petroleum-based fuel;

“bio-fuel production” means the process and method employed to transform energy crops and plants into bio-fuel;

“biogas” means gas that comprises primarily of methane and carbon dioxide produced by the biological breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen and produced by anaerobic digestion or fermentation of bio-degradable materials like biomass manure sewage, municipal waste, green waste and energy crops;

“biogas digester” means an equipment that has the capacity to degrade organic matter to produce biogas;

“biomass” means organic matter like agricultural crops and residue, wood and wood waste, animal waste, aquatic plants and organic components of municipal and industrial waste;

“Board” means the governing body of the Energy Commission;

“bulk customer” means a customer that purchases or receives electricity in the amount or level specified by the Board;

“Commission” means the Energy Commission established under the Energy Commission Act, 1997 (Act, 541);

“distribution system” means the portion of the equipment used to deliver electricity between the distribution utility and the bulk customer or consumer;

“distribution utility” means a person licensed to distribute and sell electricity without discrimination to consumers in an area or zone designated by the Board;

 “energy crop” includes a plant

(a) that can be directly exploited for its energy content,

(b) that is grown for the sole purpose of energy production but not for food production, or

(c) that is grown specifically for its fuel value;

“energy security” means the availability, adequacy, reliability and environmental sustainability of energy supply;

“energy sources” includes coal, wind, oil, gas or wood consumed in the generation of power;

“end-user-tariff” means the rate per unit of electricity paid by consumers of the distribution utility;

“feed in tariff” means a fixed guaranteed price at which power producers are required to sell renewable energy into the electric power system;

“feed in-tariff' scheme” means a policy that guarantees grid access to renewable energy producers and sets the feed-in-tariffs;

“feedstock” means a material that can be used to produce bio-fuel;

“generator of electricity” means the person that generates electricity from renewable energy sources and supplies it to the general public;

“geothermal energy” means energy extracted from heat avail- able in the earth;

“grid connection” means the physical linkage between a renew- able energy system and the utility grid;

“grid interactive renewable electricity” means a system which has the capacity to feed electricity from renewable energy source into the utility grid;

“hydro” means a water based energy system which produces electricity with generating capacity not exceeding one hundred megawatts;

“industrial hazardous waste” means discarded solid or liquid waste from industrial activity that

(a) contains any solvent, pesticide or paint stripper and one or more of 39 carcinogenic, mutagenic or teratogenic compounds at levels that exceed established limits;

(b) can catch fire easily like gasoline, paints and solvents;

(c) is reactive or unstable enough to explode or release toxic fumes including acids, bases, ammonia and chlorine bleach, or

(d) is capable of corroding metal containers like tanks, drums and barrels, industrial cleaning agents and oven and drain cleaners;

“industrial waste” means waste produced as a result of the industrial activity in a factory, mill or mine but that is neither hazardous nor toxic as waste fiber produced by agriculture and logging;

“landfill gas” means the gas produced in landfills due to the anaerobic digestion by microbes on any organic matter which can be collected and flared off or used to generate electricity;

“licensed facility” means a part of or the whole portion of a building, structure, equipment or plant that is licensed for the purpose of activities in the renewable energy industry;

“mini grid renewable power system” means a network of electricity supply from renewable energy technologies which is not connected to the grid;

Minister” means the Minister responsible for Energy;

“municipal area” includes a metropolis, municipality or district;

“municipal waste” includes waste that arises from domestic activity and is predominantly household, commercial waste collected within a municipal area in a liquid, solid or semi solid form but excludes industrial hazardous or toxic waste;

“non-depleting resources” means resources that replenish them- selves or reproduce easily;

“ocean energy” means energy created by the power of ocean currents, waves and tides with the use of technology;

“off grid renewable power system” means electricity supply from renewable energy technologies which is not connected to the grid;

“premium” means the amount payable by the bulk customer instead of the purchase of electricity required under sub-section (4) (a) of section 26;

“power system” means the interconnected system of generation units, transmission and distribution system operated as an integrated arrangement for the supply of electricity;

“Power Purchase Agreement” means an agreement that sets out the rights and liabilities between the generator of electricity and the distribution utility or bulk customer;

“production based subsidy” means financial assistance given for the generation of electricity;

“Public Utilities Regulatory Commission” means the Public

Utilities Regulatory Commission established under the Public

Utilities Regulatory Commission, Act 1997 (Act 538);

“public utility” means a person licensed under the Energy Commission Act, 1997 (Act 541) to provide transmission and interconnection services for electricity without discrimination throughout the country or a person licensed under that Act to distribute and sell electricity without discrimination to consumers in an area or zone designated by the Board of the Commission.

“renewable energy certificates” means a tradable environmental commodity that represents proof that electricity was generated from an acceptable source and which can be sold, traded or bartered by the owner of the certificate claiming to have purchased renewable energy;

“renewable energy product” means goods and services produced from renewable energy;

“renewable energy resources” includes natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal plant, which are renewable and naturally replenished;

“renewable energy sources” means renewable non-fossil energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tidal, hydro-power, biomass, landfill gas;

“renewable energy system” means equipment that transforms renewable energy sources into electrical or heat energy;

“sewage gas” means biogas produced by the digestion and incineration of sewage sludge which can be used to generate energy;

 “transmission system” means an interconnected group of electric transmission lines and associated equipment for moving or transferring electrical energy in bulk between points of supply and points at which it is transformed for delivery over the distribution system lines to consumers or is delivered to other electric systems;

“wheeling” means the use of the facilities of one transmission system to transmit power and energy from one power system to another;

“wholesale supplier” means a person licensed under the Energy Commission Act to install and operate a facility to procure or produce electricity for sale to bulk customers or to a distribution utility for distribution and sale to customers; and

“wood-fuel” includes firewood and charcoal.