Agricultural waste; excludes any farm, etc., that owns & operates facilities within State. (HB2171)

Introduced By

Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-McLean) with support from 15 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Joe Bouchard (D-Virginia Beach), Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Matt Lohr (R-Harrisonburg), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas), Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Del. Shannon Valentine (D-Lynchburg), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electrical generation from agricultural waste. Excludes any farm or aggregation of farms that owns and operates facilities within the Commonwealth for the generation of electric energy from waste-to-energy technology, including methane digesters, from regulation as a public utility, public service corporation, or public service company. To be eligible for such designation, a person must obtain at least 51 percent of its annual gross income from agricultural operations and produce the agricultural waste that is used as feedstock in the generation of the electricity. Such generator will be permitted to interconnect to the electric grid in accordance with regulations to be adopted by the State Corporation Commission. The measure also provides that such generators of electricity shall not be considered "manufacturers" under any provision of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 091245440
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/20/2009Impact statement from SCC (HB2171)
01/26/2009Assigned C & L sub: 3 Energy
02/04/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/05/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2009Committee substitute printed 090185762-H1
02/08/2009Read first time
02/09/2009Read second time
02/09/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090185762-H1
02/09/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2171H1
02/10/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/10/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/16/2009Impact statement from SCC (HB2171H1)
02/23/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2171ER)
03/05/2009Impact statement from SCC (HB2171ER)
03/05/2009Signed by President
03/06/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 746 (effective 7/1/09)
03/30/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0746)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 3 minutes.