Renewable energy; expands definition. (HB232)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Renewable energy.  Expands the definition of renewable energy to include landfill gas. The measure also provides that the RPS Goals under the renewable energy portfolio standard program may be composed of renewable thermal energy equivalents. A renewable thermal energy equivalent is the thermal energy output from a renewable-fueled combined heat and power generation facility that is (i) constructed, or renovated and improved, after January 1, 2012, (ii) located in the Commonwealth, and (iii) utilized in industrial processes other than the combined heat and power generation facility, where thermal energy is expressed as an equivalent number of megawatt hours. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103501D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/19/2012Reported from Commerce and Labor (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2012Read first time
01/24/2012Read second time and engrossed
01/25/2012Read third time and passed House (91-Y 7-N 1-A)
01/25/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (91-Y 7-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/26/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/2012Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/31/2012Impact statement from SCC (HB232)
02/13/2012Reported from Commerce and Labor (13-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Read third time
02/15/2012Passed Senate (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB232ER)
02/17/2012Signed by Speaker
02/20/2012Impact statement from SCC (HB232ER)
02/20/2012Signed by President
03/01/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 46 (effective 7/1/12)
03/01/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0046)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 5 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB645 and SB492.