Investor-owned electric utilities; declining block rate for residential customers. (SB956)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utility rate schedules; declining block rates. Prohibits the State Corporation Commission from approving declining block rates for residential customers in any proceeding in which it is required to review the rates and tariffs of an investor-owned electric utility or electric cooperative. The prohibition does not apply if the electric utility demonstrates that such a rate structure is equitable to all affected customers and consistent with the Commonwealth's energy efficiency goals. Under declining block rates, the per-unit price of electricity decreases as the amount of electricity consumed increases. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102320D
01/07/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/12/2013Impact statement from SCC (SB956)
01/21/2013Committee substitute printed 13104122D-S1
01/21/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2013Read second time
01/24/2013Reading of substitute waived
01/24/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104122D-S1
01/24/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB956S1
01/25/2013Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2013Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2013Impact statement from SCC (SB956S1)
02/02/2013Placed on Calendar
02/02/2013Read first time
02/02/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/12/2013Reported from Commerce and Labor (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Read second time
02/15/2013Passed by for the day
02/18/2013Passed by for the day
02/19/2013Read third time
02/19/2013Passed House (57-Y 41-N 1-A)
02/19/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (57-Y 41-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/22/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB956ER)
02/22/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/25/2013Impact statement from SCC (SB956ER)
03/25/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 721 (effective 7/1/13)
03/25/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0721)


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.