HB 1664

  • Virginia House Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Jan 17, 2020
  • Passed House Feb 11, 2020
  • Passed Senate Feb 28, 2020
  • Became Law Apr 22, 2020

Electric utilities; offshore wind development.

Abstract

Electric utilities; offshore wind development. Provides that the construction or purchase by a public utility of one or more offshore wind generation facilities located off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline or in federal waters and interconnected directly into the Commonwealth, with an aggregate capacity of up to 5,200 megawatts, is in the public interest. The measure provides that construction by Dominion Energy Virginia of one or more new utility-owned and utility-operated generating facilities utilizing energy derived from offshore wind and located off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline, with an aggregate rated capacity between 2,500 megawatts and 3,000 megawatts, along with electrical transmission or distribution facilities associated therewith for interconnection is in the public interest. The measure provides that the State Corporation Commission will determine the reasonableness and prudence of associated costs and will presume such costs to be reasonable and prudent if certain criteria are met. The measure provides that such costs shall be allocated to all customers of the utility in the Commonwealth as a non-bypassable charge, irrespective of the generation supplier of any such customer except for low-income customers and certain commercial and industrial customers. The measure requires the utility to (i) identify options for utilizing local workers; (ii) identify the economic development benefits of the project for the Commonwealth, including capital investments and job creation; (iii) consult with relevant governmental entities, including the Commonwealth's Chief Workforce Development Officer and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, on opportunities to advance the Commonwealth's workforce and economic development goals, including furtherance of apprenticeship and other workforce training programs; and (iv) give priority to the hiring of local workers, including workers from historically economically disadvantaged communities. The measure provides that any such project is required to include an environmental and fisheries mitigation plan submitted to the Commission for the construction and operation of such offshore wind facilities. This bill incorporates HB 1607.

Electric utilities; offshore wind development. Provides that the construction or purchase by a public utility of one or more offshore wind generation facilities located off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline or in federal waters and interconnected directly into the Commonwealth, with an aggregate capacity of up to 5,200 megawatts, is in the public interest. The measure provides that construction by Dominion Energy Virginia of one or more new utility-owned and utility-operated generating facilities utilizing energy derived from offshore wind and located off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline, with an aggregate rated capacity between 2,500 megawatts and 3,000 megawatts, along with electrical transmission or distribution facilities associated therewith for interconnection is in the public interest. The measure provides that the State Corporation Commission will determine the reasonableness and prudence of associated costs and will presume such costs to be reasonable and prudent if certain criteria are met. The measure provides that such costs shall be allocated to all customers of the utility in the Commonwealth as a non-bypassable charge, irrespective of the generation supplier of any such customer except for low-income customers and certain commercial and industrial customers. The measure requires the utility to (a) identify options for utilizing local workers, (b) identify the economic development benefits of the project for the Commonwealth, including capital investments and job creation; (c) consult with relevant governmental entities, including the Commonwealth's Chief Workforce Development Officer and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, on opportunities to advance the Commonwealth's workforce and economic development goals, including furtherance of apprenticeship and other workforce training programs; and (d) give priority to the hiring of local workers, including workers from historically economically disadvantaged communities. The measure provides that any such project is required to include an environmental and fisheries mitigation plan submitted to the Commission for the construction and operation of such offshore wind facilities. This bill incorporates HB 1607.

Electric utilities; offshore wind development. Provides that the construction or purchase by a public utility of one or more offshore wind generation facilities located off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline or in federal waters and interconnected directly into the Commonwealth, with an aggregate capacity of up to 5,200 megawatts, is in the public interest. The measure provides that construction by Dominion Energy Virginia of one or more new utility-owned and utility-operated generating facilities utilizing energy derived from offshore wind and located off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline, with an aggregate rated capacity between 2,500 megawatts and 3,000 megawatts, along with electrical transmission or distribution facilities associated therewith for interconnection is in the public interest. The measure provides that the State Corporation Commission will determine the reasonableness and prudence of associated costs and will presume such costs to be reasonable and prudent if certain criteria are met. The measure requires the Commission to permit a portion of the nameplate capacity of any such facility, in the aggregate, to be allocated to (i) certain commercial and industrial customers or (ii) qualifying large general service customers, provided that no more than 10 percent of the offshore wind facility's capacity is allocated to qualifying large general service customers. The measure provides that such costs shall be allocated to all customers of the utility in the Commonwealth as a non-bypassable charge, irrespective of the generation supplier of any such customer except for customers who are eligible for a Percentage of Income Payment Program, certain commercial and industrial customers, and qualifying large general service customers. The measure requires the utility to submit a plan to the Commission that includes the following considerations: (a) options for utilizing local workers; (b) the economic development benefits of the project for the Commonwealth, including capital investments and job creation; (c) consultation with the Commonwealth's Chief Workforce Development Officer, the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, on opportunities to advance the Commonwealth's workforce and economic development goals, including furtherance of apprenticeship and other workforce training programs; and (d) giving priority to the hiring, apprenticeship, and training of veterans, local workers, and workers from historically economically disadvantaged communities. The measure provides that any such project is required to include an environmental and fisheries mitigation plan submitted to the Commission for the construction and operation of such offshore wind facilities. This bill incorporates HB 1607 and is identical to SB 860 and SB 998.

Electric utilities; offshore wind development.Provides that, prior to January 1, 2034, (i) the construction orpurchase by an electric utility of one or more offshore wind generationfacilities located in federal waters that interconnect directly intothe Commonwealth and having in the aggregate a rated capacity ofat least 5,200 megawatts or (ii) the purchase by an electric utilityof energy, capacity, and environmental attributes from offshore windgeneration facilities described in clause (i) owned by persons otherthan an electric utility is in the public interest.

Bill Sponsors (5)

Votes


Actions


Apr 22, 2020

House

Reenrolled bill text (HB1664ER2)

House

Reenrolled

Office of the Governor

Governor's recommendation adopted

Senate

Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (29-Y 11-N)

Senate

Amendments specific and severable (39-Y 0-N)

House

VOTE: (54-Y 37-N)

House

House concurred in Governor's recommendation (54-Y 37-N)

House

Placed on Calendar

House

Enacted, Chapter 1240 (effective 7/1/20)

Senate

Signed by President as reenrolled

House

Signed by Speaker as reenrolled

Apr 11, 2020

House

Governor's substitute printed 20110090D-H2

House

Governor's recommendation received by House

Mar 17, 2020

Office of the Governor

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

House

Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 17, 2020

Mar 13, 2020

House

Impact statement from SCC (HB1664ER)

Mar 12, 2020

Senate

Signed by President

House

Enrolled

House

Signed by Speaker

Mar 05, 2020

Senate

Senate receded from amendments (34-Y 6-N)

Senate

Passed by temporarily

Mar 02, 2020

House

Senate amendments rejected by House (40-Y 54-N)

House

Placed on Calendar

House

VOTE: REJECTED (40-Y 54-N)

House

Pending question ordered

Feb 28, 2020

Senate

Amendments #6-7 by Senator DeSteph agreed to

Senate

Read third time

Senate

Reading of amendment waived

Senate

Committee amendment agreed to

Senate

Reading of amendments waived

Senate

Amendments #1-5 by Senator DeSteph withdrawn

Senate

Engrossed by Senate as amended

Senate

Passed Senate with amendments (27-Y 10-N)

Feb 27, 2020

Senate

Passed by for the day

Feb 26, 2020

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)

Feb 24, 2020

Senate

Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (12-Y 3-N)

Feb 19, 2020

House

Impact statement from SCC (HB1664H1)

Feb 12, 2020

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed

Senate

Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

Feb 11, 2020

House

VOTE: Passage (65-Y 34-N)

House

Read third time and passed House (65-Y 34-N)

Feb 10, 2020

House

Read second time

House

Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1664H1

House

Committee substitute agreed to 20107608D-H1

Feb 09, 2020

House

Read first time

Feb 06, 2020

House

Committee substitute printed 20107608D-H1

House

Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (15-Y 5-N)

House

Incorporates HB1607 (Lindsey)

House

House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered

Jan 30, 2020

House

Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 4-N)

House

House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered

Jan 23, 2020

House

Impact statement from SCC (HB1664)

Jan 21, 2020

House

Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3

Jan 17, 2020

House

Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce

House

Presented and ordered printed 20105316D

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Impact statement from SCC (HB1664) HTML
Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1664H1 HTML
Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1664ER) HTML
HB1664H2 HTML
Reenrolled bill text (HB1664ER2) HTML
Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1240) HTML

Related Documents

Document Format
Amendment: HB1664ASR HTML
Amendment: HB1664ASE HTML
Amendment: HB1664AS HTML
Amendment: HB1664AG HTML

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