Energy efficiency programs; investor-owned electric utilities to recover costs of designing, etc. (HB2506)

Introduced By

Del. Albert Pollard (D-Lively)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Energy efficiency programs. Authorizes investor-owned electric utilities to recover, through a rate adjustment clause, the costs of designing and operating energy efficiency programs that have the effect of decreasing the total amount of energy used over time and of delaying the need for construction of new generation facilities. The utility may earn the same enhanced rate of return on energy efficiency programs that is currently provided for renewable powered generation facilities, as well as net lost revenues for the program's full service life. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/15/2009Presented and ordered printed 094444690
01/15/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/26/2009Assigned C & L sub: 3 Energy
02/02/2009Impact statement from SCC (HB2506)
02/04/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/05/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2009Committee substitute printed 090218690-H1
02/08/2009Read first time
02/09/2009Read second time
02/09/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090218690-H1
02/09/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2506H1
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 (HB2506H1)
02/23/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Committee substitute printed 090245690-S1
02/24/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009Passed by for the day
02/26/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (1-Y 74-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Read third time
02/26/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/26/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090245690-S1
02/26/2009Reading of amendment waived
02/26/2009Amendment by Senator Watkins rejected
02/26/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2506S1
02/26/2009Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Passed Senate with substitute (20-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Placed on Calendar
02/26/2009Senate substitute rejected by House (1-Y 74-N)
02/26/2009VOTE: --- REJECTED (1-Y 74-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Senate insisted on substitute (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Senate requested conference committee
02/26/2009House acceded to request
02/26/2009Conferees appointed by House
02/26/2009Delegates: Pollard, Kilgore, Hogan
02/26/2009Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2009Senators: Herring, McEachin, Watkins
02/28/2009Conference substitute printed 090248690-H2
02/28/2009Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 1-N)
02/28/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Passed by temporarily
02/28/2009Conference report agreed to by Senate (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2009Impact statement from SCC (HB2506H2)
03/09/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2506ER)
03/09/2009Signed by President
03/10/2009Impact statement from SCC (HB2506ER)
03/11/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009Governor's recommendation received by House
04/07/2009Placed on Calendar
04/08/2009G Governor's recommendation adopted in part
04/08/2009Communicated to Governor
04/08/2009Enacted, Chapter 823 (effective 7/1/09)
04/08/2009Amendments specific and severable
04/08/2009House concurred in Governor's recommendation amendments #'s 1 and 3 (91-Y 1-N)
04/08/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (91-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009House concurred in Governor's recommendation amendment #2 (47-Y 44-N)
04/08/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (47-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation amendments #s 1 and 2 (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation amendment #3 (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/08/2009Reenrolled bill text (HB2506ER2)
04/08/2009Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/08/2009Signed by President as reenrolled
04/08/2009Enacted, Chapter 824 (effective 7/1/09)
04/08/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0824)
04/14/2009Reenrolled bill text (HB2506ER2)


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 55 seconds.


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