Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority; created. (HB389)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Janis (R-Glen Allen) with support from 24 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Watkins Abbitt (I-Appomattox), Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge), Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), Del. Bill Cleaveland (R-Roanoke), Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean), Del. John A. Cox (R-Ashland), Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Algie Howell (D-Norfolk), Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk), Del. Will Morefield (R-North Tazewell), Del. Glenn Oder (R-Newport News), Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Bob Tata (R-Virginia Beach), Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville), Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Offshore Wind Project Development Authority. Creates the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority to facilitate and support the development of wind-powered electric energy facilities located off the coast of the Commonwealth beyond the Commonwealth's three-mile jurisdictional limit. The Commission is charged with, among other tasks, (i) collecting metocean data, (ii) identifying existing state and regulatory or administrative barriers to the development of the offshore wind industry, (iii) upgrading port facilities to accommodate the manufacturing and assembly of offshore wind energy project components and vessels that will support the construction and operations of offshore wind energy projects, (iv) securing federal loan guarantees, and (v) developing, constructing, and operating interconnection facilities on the Virginia shoreline to connect offshore wind energy projects to the electric grid. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101009D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/09/2010Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2010Committee substitute printed 10104581D-H1
02/11/2010Read first time
02/12/2010Read second time
02/12/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104581D-H1
02/12/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB389H1
02/15/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/15/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2010Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/17/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB389H1)
03/01/2010Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2010Committee substitute printed 10105720D-S1
03/02/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB389S1)
03/03/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2010Read third time
03/04/2010Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105720D-S1
03/04/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB389S1
03/04/2010Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2010Placed on Calendar
03/08/2010Senate substitute agreed to by House 10105720D-S1 (98-Y 0-N)
03/08/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/13/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB389ER)
03/13/2010Signed by Speaker
03/15/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB389ER)
03/15/2010Signed by President
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 507 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0507)


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 4 minutes.


Roberta Littlefield writes:

This bill is very important as it will encourage Virginia to be at the cutting edge of new technology and business enterprises that will likely establish much needed alternative energy resources. This bill is strongly supported by The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Virginia Power and Light, the environmental arm of that organization.

Roberta Littlefield writes:

Virginia can get a leg up on alternative energy development by passing HB 389 establishing an Offshore Wind Project Development Commission. This could lead to new jobs and may be important in reducing our level of air pollution. We must push forward with research and development of alternatives to fossil fuels! The Virginia Senate Commerce and Labor Committee needs to hear from Virginians on March 1st, Monday, when they will be considering this bill, which the House has passed.