Solar-powered or wind-powered electricity generation facility; SCC to conduct pilot program, etc. (HB2334)

Introduced By

Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News) with support from co-patrons Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), and Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utility regulation; sales by net metering sellers. Authorizes individual retail customers of electric energy to purchase electric energy from a net metering seller if three conditions are satisfied. First, the customer shall be an eligible customer-generator under Virginia's net energy metering program. Second, the customer shall be financing the acquisition, installation, maintenance, or operation of the generating facility through a power purchase agreement with the net metering seller. Third, the generating facility shall (i) have a capacity of not more than 20 kilowatts for residential customers and 500 kilowatts for nonresidential customers unless a utility elects a higher capacity limit for such a facility; (ii) use as its total source of fuel renewable energy; (iii) be located on the customer's premises and be connected to the customer's wiring on the customer's side of its interconnection with the distributor; (iv) be interconnected and operated in parallel with an electric company's transmission and distribution facilities; and (v) be intended primarily to offset all or part of the customer's own electricity requirements. A net metering seller, who is defined as a person that owns or operates a renewable energy electricity generation source on the premises owned, leased, or controlled by an eligible customer-generator and sells the electricity generated by the renewable energy generation source exclusively to the customer-generator pursuant to a power purchase agreement, is excluded from the definition of "public utility" in the Utility Facilities Act and from the definition of "supplier" in the Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/18/2013Presented and ordered printed 13102328D
01/18/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/22/2013Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/22/2013Impact statement from SCC (HB2334)
01/29/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
01/31/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2013Committee substitute printed 13104712D-H1
02/02/2013Read first time
02/04/2013Impact statement from SCC (HB2334H1)
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104712D-H1
02/04/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2334H1
02/05/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/05/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/11/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Committee substitute printed 13105078D-S1
02/13/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Read third time
02/14/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13105078D-S1
02/14/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2334S1
02/14/2013Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Impact statement from SCC (HB2334S1)
02/15/2013Placed on Calendar
02/18/2013Senate substitute agreed to by House 13105078D-S1 (96-Y 1-N)
02/18/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2334ER)
02/21/2013Impact statement from SCC (HB2334ER)
02/21/2013Signed by Speaker
02/22/2013Signed by President
03/14/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 358 (effective 7/1/13)
03/14/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0358)


This bill mentions Lynchburg, Fairfax.


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.