Electric and natural gas utilities; energy efficiency programs. (HB894)

Introduced By

Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan) with support from 13 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria), Del. Johnny Joannou (D-Portsmouth), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Utility energy efficiency programs.  Provides that an energy efficiency program proposed by an electric utility is in the public interest if the net present value of the benefits exceeds the net present value of the costs as determined by any three of four benefit cost tests. The four tests to be considered are the Total Resource Cost Test, the Utility Cost Test (also referred to as the Program Administrator Test), the Participant Test, and the Ratepayer Impact Measure Test. An electric utility's energy efficiency program may be deemed to be in the public interest if it provides measurable and verifiable energy savings to low-income customers or elderly customers. The current standard for what constitutes a cost-effective conservation and energy efficiency program conducted by a natural gas utility is revised to conform to these new provisions for electric utilities. Finally, the measure expands the definition of "energy efficiency program" with regard to electric utilities to include customer engagement programs that result in measurable and verifiable energy savings that lead to efficient use patterns and practices. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103335D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/19/2012Impact statement from SCC (HB894)
01/19/2012Reported from Commerce and Labor (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2012Read first time
01/24/2012Read second time and engrossed
01/25/2012Passed by for the day
01/26/2012Read third time and passed House (97-Y 1-N 1-A)
01/26/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/26/2012Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
01/26/2012Passed House (98-Y 1-N 1-A)
01/26/2012VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (98-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/27/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
01/27/2012Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/13/2012Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Committee substitute printed 12105363D-S1
02/14/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Committee substitute agreed to
02/15/2012Read third time
02/15/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/15/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105363D-S1
02/15/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB894S1
02/15/2012Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2012Placed on Calendar
02/17/2012Senate substitute agreed to by House 12105363D-S1 (96-Y 1-N 1-A)
02/17/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012Impact statement from SCC (HB894S1)
02/21/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB894ER)
02/21/2012Impact statement from SCC (HB894ER)
02/21/2012Signed by Speaker
02/22/2012Signed by President
03/06/2012Governor's recommendation received by House
03/06/2012Placed on Calendar
03/08/2012G Emergency clause added by Governor's recommendation
03/08/2012House concurred in Governor's recommendation (96-Y 1-N 1-A)
03/08/2012VOTE: ADOPTION EMERGENCY (96-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/09/2012Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2012G Emergency clause added by Governor's recommendation
03/09/2012G Governor's recommendation adopted
03/09/2012Reenrolled bill text (HB894ER2)
03/09/2012Signed by Speaker
03/09/2012Signed by President
03/09/2012Enacted, Chapter 210 (effective 3/09/12)
03/09/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0210)
03/10/2012Enacted, Chapter 210 (effective 3/10/12)


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

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB312 and SB493.


ron skinner writes:

is it good from 30 yr standpoint?