HB 1647

  • Virginia House Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Jan 16, 2020
  • Passed House Feb 11, 2020
  • Passed Senate Feb 27, 2020
  • Became Law Apr 22, 2020

Distributed solar & other renewable energy; sales of electricity under third-party agreements.

Abstract

Distributed renewable energy. Promotes the establishment of distributed renewable solar and other renewable energy. The measure (i) increases from one percent to six percent the systemwide cap on the total amount of renewable energy that can be net metered in a utility's service territory, (ii) authorizes third-party power purchase agreements for all customers of investor-owned utilities, (iii) removes the restriction on customers installing a net-metered generation facility larger than that required to meet their previous 12 months' demand, (iv) raises the cap for net-metered nonresidential generation facilities from one megawatt to three megawatts, and (v) removes the ability of a Phase I Utility to assess standby charges. The measure also amends the Commonwealth Energy Policy to include provisions supporting distributed generation of renewable energy.

Electric utility regulation; third-party sales agreements; public generating facilities; net energy metering; community solar. The measure, for customers of investor-owned territories and in the certificated service territories of investor-owned utilities, (i) authorizes localities to install solar-powered or wind-powered electric generation facilities and credit the electricity they generate to its metered accounts at the same rate that it would be charged for the power by the utility, (ii) authorizes third-party power purchase agreements for all customer classes throughout the Commonwealth, (iii) allows the tenant of a multifamily residential building or the owner of a condominium unit to buy electric power from renewable energy facilities installed by the owner of the rental units or common areas of the condominium, (iv) establishes a shared solar program that allows customers to purchase electric power through a subscription in a shared solar facility, (v) raises the cap for net-metered nonresidential generation facilities from one megawatt to three megawatts, (vi) increases the limit on the size of a renewable facility an eligible customer-generator may install to 150 percent of expected annual energy consumption, (vii) removes the ability of utilities to assess standby charges on residential net energy metering customers, and (viii) increases the cap on the total amount of renewable energy that can be net metered in a utility's service territory from one percent to 10 percent.

Distributed renewable energy. Promotes the establishment of distributed renewable solar and other renewable energy. The measure (i) requires the State Corporation Commission to establish by regulation a shared solar program that allows multifamily customers of investor-owned utilities, other than American Electric Power, to purchase electric power through a subscription in a shared solar facility; (ii) raises the cap on the total amount of renewable energy that can be net metered in a utility's service territory from one percent to six percent, five percent of which is available to all customers and one percent of which is available only to low-income utility customers; (iii) raises the cap for net-metered nonresidential generation facilities from one megawatt to three megawatts; (iv) allows certain localities to install solar or wind facilities of up to five megawatts on government-owned property and use the electricity for government-owned buildings; (v) increases the cap on the capacity of generation from facilities from the customer's expected annual energy consumption to 150 percent of such amount for customers in Dominion Energy Virginia's service territory; (vi) prohibits standby charges for any residential customer-generator or agricultural customer-generator of an investor-owned utility other than Dominion Energy Virginia; and (vii) increases the cap on third party power purchase agreements to 500 megawatts for jurisdictional customers and 500 megawatts for nonjurisdictional customers of Dominion Energy Virginia and to 40 megawatts for customers of American Electric Power. The measure also amends the Commonwealth Energy Policy to include provisions supporting distributed generation of renewable energy. This bill is identical to HB 572, HB 1184, and SB 710.

Electric utility regulation; third-party sales agreements;public generating facilities; net energy metering; community solar. Themeasure (i) authorizes localities to install solar-powered or wind-poweredelectric generation facilities and credit the electricity they generate to itsmetered accounts at the same rate that it would be charged for the power by theutility, (ii) authorizes third-party power purchase agreements for all customerclasses throughout the Commonwealth, (iii) allows the tenant of a multifamilyresidential building or the owner of a condominium unit to buy electric powerfrom renewable energy facilities installed by the owner of the rental units orcommon areas of the condominium, (iv) establishes a shared solar program thatallows customers to purchase electric power through a subscription in a sharedsolar facility, (v) raises the cap for net-metered nonresidential generationfacilities from one megawatt to three megawatts, (vi) increases the limit onthe size of a renewable facility an eligible customer-generator may install to150 percent of expected annual energy consumption, (vii) removes the ability ofutilities to assess standby charges on residential net energy meteringcustomers, and (viii) increases the cap on the total amount of renewable energythat can be net metered in a utility's service territory from one percent to 10percent. The measure also repeals the enabling legislation for pilot programsfor third-party power purchase agreements and for community solar developments.

Bill Sponsors (2)

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Actions


Apr 22, 2020

House

Signed by Speaker as reenrolled

House

Reenrolled

Office of the Governor

Governor's recommendation adopted

Senate

Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (25-Y 15-N)

Senate

Amendments specific and severable (40-Y 0-N)

House

VOTE: (52-Y 39-N)

House

House concurred in Governor's recommendation (52-Y 39-N)

House

Placed on Calendar

House

Enacted, Chapter 1239 (effective 7/1/20)

Senate

Signed by President as reenrolled

House

Reenrolled bill text (HB1647ER2)

Apr 11, 2020

House

Governor's recommendation received by House

House

Governor's substitute printed 20110083D-H2

Mar 12, 2020

House

Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020

Office of the Governor

Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020

Mar 06, 2020

House

Signed by Speaker

Senate

Signed by President

Mar 05, 2020

House

Impact statement from SCC (HB1647ER)

House

Enrolled

Mar 02, 2020

House

Impact statement from SCC (HB1647S1)

House

Placed on Calendar

House

VOTE: Adoption (55-Y 43-N 1-A)

House

Senate substitute agreed to by House 20109065D-S1 (55-Y 43-N 1-A)

Feb 27, 2020

Senate

Passed Senate with substitute (24-Y 16-N)

Senate

Read third time

Senate

Reading of substitute waived

Senate

Committee substitute agreed to 20109065D-S1

Senate

Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1647S1

Feb 26, 2020

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)

Feb 24, 2020

Senate

Committee substitute printed 20109065D-S1

Senate

Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (13-Y 2-N)

Feb 12, 2020

House

Impact statement from SCC (HB1647H1)

Senate

Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed

Feb 11, 2020

House

VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N)

House

Read third time and passed House (55-Y 45-N)

Feb 10, 2020

House

Read second time

House

Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1647H1

House

Committee substitute agreed to 20107899D-H1

Feb 09, 2020

House

Read first time

Feb 06, 2020

House

House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered

House

Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (13-Y 9-N)

House

Committee substitute printed 20107899D-H1

Feb 04, 2020

House

Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)

Jan 22, 2020

House

Impact statement from SCC (HB1647)

Jan 21, 2020

House

Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3

Jan 16, 2020

House

Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce

House

Presented and ordered printed 20104629D

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1647H1 HTML
Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1647S1 HTML
Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1647ER) HTML
HB1647H2 HTML
Reenrolled bill text (HB1647ER2) HTML
Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1239) HTML

Related Documents

Document Format
Amendment: HB1647AG HTML

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