Solar-powered or wind-powered electricity generation facility; SCC to conduct pilot program, etc. (SB1023)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Renewable energy power purchase agreements. Excludes renewable energy sellers from regulation as a public utility. A renewable energy seller is a person that (i) owns or operates a renewable energy electricity generation source on the premises owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by an eligible customer-generator under the net energy metering program and (ii) sells the electricity generated from such renewable energy electricity generation source exclusively to such eligible-customer generator under a power purchase agreement. The measure expands the scope of permitted retail competition for electric generation service to allow individual retail customers that are eligible customer-generators to purchase electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy exclusively for their own consumption from a renewable energy seller pursuant to a power purchase agreement in order to supply some or all of such retail customer's electric energy requirements. These customers will be permitted to purchase electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy pursuant to a power purchase agreement from a renewable energy seller without regard to whether the incumbent electric utility serving the exclusive service territory offers an approved tariff for electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy. An eligible customer-generator may enter into a non-net-metered power purchase agreement with a renewable energy generator for onsite qualifying renewable energy generation facilities that are greater than the maximum allowable net metering project size provided they have a capacity of less than five megawatts, unless the utility permits a larger size. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102578D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/14/2013Impact statement from SCC (SB1023)
01/23/2013Assigned C&L sub: Electric Utility
01/28/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2013Committee substitute printed 13104589D-S1
01/28/2013Substitute bill reprinted 13104589D-S1
01/30/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2013Read second time
01/31/2013Reading of substitute waived
01/31/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104589D-S1
01/31/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1023S1
02/01/2013Bills placed in block (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Impact statement from SCC (SB1023S1)
02/06/2013Placed on Calendar
02/06/2013Read first time
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/12/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2013Committee substitute printed 13105079D-H1
02/14/2013Read second time
02/14/2013Impact statement from SCC (SB1023H1)
02/15/2013Read third time
02/15/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13105079D-H1
02/15/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1023H1
02/15/2013Passed House with substitute (97-Y 1-N 2-A)
02/15/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 1-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Title replaced 13105079D-H1
02/22/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1023ER)
02/22/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/25/2013Impact statement from SCC (SB1023ER)
03/14/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 382 (effective 7/1/13)
03/14/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0382)


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.