Electric utilities; renewable thermal energy. (HB1917)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patron Del. Rob Krupicka (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utilities; renewable thermal energy. Expands the definition of "renewable thermal energy" to include the energy output from certain solar energy systems located in the Commonwealth that heat air or water for residential, commercial, institutional, or industrial processes. Under current law, the term encompasses only the energy output from renewable-fueled combined heat and power facilities used in industrial processes. Renewable thermal energy is eligible to satisfy the goals of the renewable energy portfolio standard program. The measure also defines "solar energy system" as a system that produces heat or electricity, or both, from sunlight. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102094D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/2013Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/16/2013Impact statement from SCC (HB1917)
01/29/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (11-Y 0-N)
01/31/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2013Read first time
02/04/2013Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2013Read third time and passed House (93-Y 2-N 1-A)
02/05/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (93-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/18/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor (12-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Read third time
02/20/2013Passed Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Passed Senate (33-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1917ER)
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/25/2013Signed by President
02/26/2013Impact statement from SCC (HB1917ER)
03/18/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 494 (effective 7/1/13)
03/18/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0494)


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 25 seconds.