Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority; created. (SB577)

Introduced By

Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)


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


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101758D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/15/2010Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2010Committee substitute printed 10105121D-S1
02/16/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Read second time
02/16/2010Passed by temporarily
02/16/2010Committee substitute rejected 10105121D-S1
02/16/2010Floor substitute printed 10105425D-S2 (McEachin)
02/16/2010Reading of substitute waived
02/16/2010Substitute by Senator McEachin agreed to 10105425D-S2
02/16/2010Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB577S2
02/16/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB577S2)
02/18/2010Placed on Calendar
02/18/2010Read first time
02/18/2010Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
03/02/2010Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2010Committee substitute printed 10105570D-H1
03/03/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB577H1)
03/03/2010Read second time
03/04/2010Read third time
03/04/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105570D-H1
03/04/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB577H1
03/04/2010Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/04/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010Title replaced 10105570D-H1
03/12/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB577ER)
03/12/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB577ER)
03/13/2010Signed by Speaker
03/15/2010Signed by President
04/12/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 681 (effective 7/1/10)
04/12/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0681)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.