Electric utilities; notice of renewable power options. (HB1228)

Introduced By

Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-McLean)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utilities; notice of renewable power options. Requires each investor-owned electric utility in the Commonwealth to include in its monthly billing statements to individual retail customers a notice of options to purchase electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy sources. Effective January 1, 2009, such customers will be permitted to buy electricity produced from renewable sources from licensed suppliers, if the incumbent utility does not offer an approved tariff for renewable energy. The notice shall include instructions for exercising the option to purchase electric energy from renewable sources from the utility or from a licensed supplier, as applicable. The customer shall be given the option to make the switch to renewable power via Internet connection, telephone, or mail. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 086939762
01/09/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/25/2008Assigned C & L sub: 3 Energy
02/04/2008Impact statement from SCC (HB1228)
02/05/2008Failed to report (defeated) in Commerce and Labor (7-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Reconsidered by Commerce and Labor
02/07/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Committee substitute printed 080144762-H1
02/09/2008Read first time
02/11/2008Read second time
02/11/2008Committee substitute agreed to 080144762-H1
02/11/2008Pending question ordered
02/11/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1228H1
02/12/2008Read third time and passed House (81-Y 17-N)
02/12/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (81-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to Senate
02/13/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/17/2008Impact statement from SCC (HB1228H1)
02/25/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2008Read third time
02/28/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/03/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1228ER)
03/03/2008Impact statement from SCC (HB1228ER)
03/04/2008Signed by Speaker
03/04/2008Signed by President
03/10/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 518 (effective 7/1/08)
03/17/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0518)


Waldo Jaquith writes:

What a shame that this failed. I'd love to know the logic behind its defeat. I assume that it's because Del. Vanderhye is a freshman Democrat in a Republican body. Because this bill would cost utilities virtually nothing to implement, and, frankly, it's the very least that they can do.

Tim McCormack writes:

I notice the vote tally was almost cleanly along party lines. Only Mark Sickles (D-43) joined the Republicans in opposing.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Well, this bill has been revived from the dead. I'd say that it's been amended, but it's actually been entirely rewritten. There are some significant differences.

Notices only have to go out quarterly, not monthly. And utilities don't have to explain how to purchase energy from renewable sources, but only have to provide information about how to learn that, in the form of a phone number or a website address.

There may be other differences between the two, but I'm not smart enough to figure them out. One way or another, though, I'm glad that this bill is alive and out of committee.

Lucile Miller writes:

A caution when looking for sources of renewable energy is that some forms of "renewable energy" can be extremely destructive. For example, relatively small industrial-scale wind facilities in WV and PA are killing many thousands of bats every year. These small mammals produce only one or two offspring a year so this kind of mortality is unsustainable. It is important to remember that bats are the primary consumers of night flying insects and help protect farms, forests and human health by keeping insect populations in check. Hopefully a means of preventing this unsustainable mortality will be discovered but as of now there is no proven method and many operators of the wind projects have closed their facilities to further research. Those who want to contribute to the ecosystem health should carefully research the choices they support.