Net energy metering; SCC shall approve utility's proposed standby charge methodology. (SB582)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Net energy metering; stand-by charges.  Requires the State Corporation Commission, when determining whether to approve a utility's proposed standby charge methodology, to find that (i) the methodology utilized by the supplier is generally accepted in the industry for making such determinations, (ii) the methodology proposed by the supplier calculates costs based upon sample statistics derived solely from the class of residential eligible customer-generators, and (iii) the quantity of the class of residential eligible customer-generators represents a sufficient base to form reasonable statistical conclusions. These criteria are in addition to the existing requirement that the standby charges collected from eligible customer-generators allow the supplier to recover only the portion of the supplier's infrastructure costs that are properly associated with serving eligible customer-generators. The measure also provides that the supplier's infrastructure costs include, in addition to the direct costs associated with the supplier's infrastructure, an offset for any benefits derived from any net energy metering provided by eligible customer-generators to the supplier. Finally, the measure requires the Commission to deny a utility's application for standby charges if its methodology fails to consider all four of the criteria. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/18/2012Presented and ordered printed 12104128D
01/18/2012Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/23/2012Impact statement from SCC (SB582)
02/06/2012Continued to 2013 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Beth Lohman writes:

The bill was passed by for the year with a recommendation for the SCC and/or JCOTS to study the net cost/benefit issue in standby charges.