Energy Efficiency Commission; established, report. (SB1447)

Introduced By

Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Energy efficiency by electric utilities. Requires investor-owned electric utilities and electric cooperatives to implement energy efficiency programs. Utilities are eligible to recover costs of approved programs that achieve quantifiable, observable savings where the scope of the program is sufficient to reduce demand from retail customers by amounts needed to attain a targeted 19 percent consumption reduction goal by 2025. Investor-owned electric utilities are also eligible to earn a 200 basis points' enhanced return on equity on investments in approved energy efficiency programs. The integrated resource plans developed by electric utilities shall include investments in energy efficiency resources sufficient to achieve a 19 percent reduction in the utility customer's consumption in 2025, compared to the projected level of consumption that would occur without such investments. The net energy metering program shall be revised to supplement energy efficiency programs. The State Corporation Commission is required to develop regulations that provide access to the electrical grid by distributed generators with combined heat and power systems. The measure requires electric cooperatives to prepare integrated resource plans on the same terms applicable to investor-owned electric utilities. If a utility fails to comply with a benchmark, it is required to pay an alternate compliance payment in an amount not to exceed 3 cents per kilowatt hour consumed in excess of the benchmark amount. Funds collected from alternate compliance payments are to be deposited in a special fund named the Virginia Energy Efficiency and Integrated Resource Plan Compliance Fund. The Fund shall be used to finance financial incentives, including grants and low-interest loans, to persons other than utilities for the implementation of energy efficiency and conservation programs. A Virginia Energy Efficiency Commission is established as an advisory Commission in the executive branch to evaluate the success of energy efficiency programs, to verify the achievements of such programs, and to identify new cost-effective opportunities for new energy efficiency programs. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/19/2009Presented and ordered printed 098677273
01/19/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/23/2009Assigned C&L sub: Utilities
02/05/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1447)
02/09/2009Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)


Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The Virginia Interfaith Center supports this bill.