HB1228: Electric utilities; notice of renewable power options.


HOUSE BILL NO. 1228
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the House Committee on Commerce and Labor
on February 7, 2008)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Vanderhye)
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 56 a section numbered 56-245.1:2, relating to notifying customers of the option to purchase renewable power.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 56 a section numbered 56-245.1:2 as follows:

§ 56-245.1:2. Customers to be notified of renewable power options.

Beginning January 1, 2009, at least once each calendar quarter, each investor-owned electric utility in the Commonwealth shall include in or on the customer bills a notice directing them to a toll-free telephone number or Internet website that will provide information on the options to purchase electric energy provided from renewable energy sources from the utility or from any supplier of electric energy licensed to sell retail electric energy within the applicable service territory, pursuant to subdivision A 5 of § 56-577.  The notice shall include instructions for purchasing electric energy from renewable sources from the utility or other licensed supplier of electric energy.  The option shall be exercisable, at the customer's option, either via the company's Internet website or toll-free telephone number.  Each investor-owned electric utility shall also feature available options for purchasing electric energy from renewable sources prominently on its Internet site.

HOUSE BILL NO. 1228
Offered January 9, 2008
Prefiled January 9, 2008
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 56 a section numbered 56-245.1:2, relating to notifying customers of the option to purchase renewable power.

Patrons-- Vanderhye, Amundson, Brink, Ebbin, Englin, Miller, P.J., Poisson and Valentine; Senator: Ticer

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 56 a section numbered 56-245.1:2 as follows:

§ 56-245.1:2. Customers to be notified of renewable power options.

Each investor-owned electric utility in the Commonwealth shall include in each monthly billing statement to each individual retail customer a notice providing information regarding the options of the customer to purchase electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy sources from the utility or from any supplier of electric energy licensed to sell retail electric energy within the applicable service territory, pursuant to subdivision A 5 of § 56-577.  The notice shall include instructions for a reasonably simple process by which a customer may exercise his option to purchase electric energy from renewable sources from the utility or other licensed supplier of electric energy.  The option shall be exercisable, at the customer's option, by Internet connection, by telephone, or by mail.

2.  That the provisions of this act shall become effective on January 1, 2009.