Electricity; SCC to conduct proceeding to determine appropriate energy conservation, etc. (SB1348)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electricity; demand response programs. Establishes a goal of reducing each electric utility's peak demand by 2015 to an amount that is 5.4 percent less than the utility's peak demand during 2010, and by 2020 to an amount that is 10.8 percent less than the utility's peak demand during 2010 through the implementation, by the utility or curtailment service providers, of programs that induce users to curtail electricity usage as a result of congestion and higher prices in the electrical grid. Electric utilities are required to submit plans for meeting the goal and reports on efforts to meet the goal. Each electric utility is required to implement a demand response tariff. Electric utilities are authorized to earn an enhanced rate of return on the reasonable costs of designing and operating demand response programs. The measure authorizes any member of an Independent System Operator (ISO) to deliver to retail customers products and services directly related to the implementation of an ISO program in accordance with the ISO's policies and procedures. The workgroup convened by the SCC in its 2007 proceeding on energy efficiency and conservation is continued as the Virginia Energy Collaborative. The SCC is directed to establish a procedure for the certification of clean demand response, in order that it may count towards the goals of the voluntary renewable energy portfolio standard program. The Air Pollution Control Board is directed to amend its existing regulations governing the issuance of general permits for the use of back-up generation to authorize the construction, installation, reconstruction, modification, and operation of emergency generation sources during ISO-declared emergencies. The SCC is directed to conduct a proceeding to evaluate the cost effectiveness of demand response and energy efficiency programs offered by electric utilities to retail customers, and to study the deployment of smart meter technologies. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 089646340
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/23/2009Assigned C&L sub: Utilities
01/30/2009Impact statement from SCC (SB1348)
02/09/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Committee substitute printed 090180340-S1
02/10/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Read second time
02/10/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2009Committee substitute agreed to 090180340-S1
02/10/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1348S1
02/10/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Passed Senate (34-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/16/2009Impact statement from SCC (SB1348S1)
02/19/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Read second time
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Committee amendments agreed to
02/24/2009Engrossed by House as amended
02/24/2009Passed House with amendments (77-Y 20-N)
02/24/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (77-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009House amendments agreed to by Senate (32-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1348ER)
03/10/2009Impact statement from SCC (SB1348ER)
03/10/2009Signed by President
03/11/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009Governor's recommendation received by Senate
03/30/2009Governor's substitute printed 099351802-S2
04/07/2009Placed on Calendar
04/08/2009Enacted, Chapter 854 (effective 7/1/09)
04/08/2009Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (37-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009Passed by temporarily
04/08/2009House concurred in Governor's recommendation (93-Y 2-N)
04/08/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (93-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
04/08/2009G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/08/2009Reenrolled bill text (SB1348ER2)
04/08/2009Signed by President as reenrolled
04/08/2009Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/08/2009Enacted, Chapter 855 (effective 7/1/09)
04/08/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0855)
04/14/2009Reenrolled bill text (SB1348ER2)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.