Eight compliance deadlines to look out for this month

Important deadlines relating to energy infrastructure and energy efficiency, chemicals labelling, emissions reporting and air pollution are coming up in April.

1 April 2019: Devolved consent of onshore and offshore generation in Wales implemented. Under Section 39 of the Wales Act 2017, development consent for generating stations in Wales with 350MW capacity or less is devolved to Welsh ministers and integrated into the Welsh consenting regime from 1 April 2019. Eleven statutory instruments enter into force on 1 April 2019. Onshore generating stations between 50MW and 350MW, offshore generating stations up to 350MW (except renewable generating stations under 1MW, which are covered by marine licencing), and overhead electric lines with a voltage of 132KV or less that are associated with Welsh generating stations will now be regulated by the Welsh Ministers. The thresholds for developments of national significance (DNS) are amended (WSI 2019/283) to include the installation of overhead electric lines 132 KV and below associated with a devolved Welsh generating station as DNS; increase the DNS threshold relating to the construction or extension of generating stations, other than onshore wind generating stations, from 50 MW to 350 MW; and remove energy storage facilities from the definition of ‘generating station’, so that the development of such facilities does not have DNS status.

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