Commonwealth Energy Policy; local renewable energy facility siting ordinances. (SB862)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Commonwealth Energy Policy; local renewable energy facility siting ordinances.  Requires every locality to adopt an ordinance that provides criteria to be addressed in the siting of renewable energy projects. The ordinance shall be consistent with the Commonwealth Energy Policy and provide for protection of the locality in a manner consistent with the goals of the Commonwealth to promote the generation of energy from renewable resources. Amends § 67-103, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11102032D
01/10/2011Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/24/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB862)
01/31/2011Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (11-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/31/2011Committee substitute printed 11104247D-S1
02/02/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB862S1)
02/02/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2011Read second time
02/03/2011Reading of substitute waived
02/03/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104247D-S1
02/03/2011Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB862S1
02/04/2011Read third time and passed Senate (34-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Placed on Calendar
02/08/2011Read first time
02/08/2011Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/17/2011Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2011Committee substitute printed 11105459D-H1
02/21/2011Read second time
02/22/2011Read third time
02/22/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11105459D-H1
02/22/2011Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB862H1
02/22/2011Passed House with substitute (95-Y 0-N)
02/22/2011VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB862H1)
02/23/2011House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2011Title replaced 11105459D-H1
02/23/2011Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2011House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2011Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB862ER)
03/03/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB862ER)
03/03/2011Signed by Speaker
03/06/2011Signed by President
03/28/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 750 (effective 7/1/11)
03/28/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0750)


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 2 minutes.


Robert J. Johnston writes:

Individual and local government entities should
be protected by the law of the land.
Individual rights shouldn't be over ruled by
"BIG Government" desire!!!!!

Rick Webb writes:

This is Frank Wagner's second attempt to make it impossible for localities to prohibit industrial-scale wind projects. He has already managed to eliminate effective environmental review with his DEQ administered permit-by-rule.

Wagner's bill represents an unwarranted usurpation of local sovereignty. It seems that some, who sytle themselves "conservative" are reliably opposed to heavy-handed centralized goveernment except when they are not.