Natural gas utilities; qualified projects, investments in eligible infrastructure. (SB1289)

Introduced By

Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon) with support from co-patron Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Qualified projects of natural gas utilities. Exempts any natural gas utility serving fewer than 2,000 residential customers and fewer than 350 commercial and industrial customers in the year in which the utility makes an investment for qualifying projects from the provision that limits the amount of investment that a natural gas utility may make in qualifying projects to one percent of its net plant investment that was used in establishing base rates in its most recent rate case. The existing exemption to the one percent cap was enacted in 2013 and applies to any natural gas utility serving fewer than 1,000 residential customers and fewer than 250 commercial and industrial customers in such year. Legislation enacted in 2012 established a mechanism for natural gas utilities to recover the eligible infrastructure development costs of a qualifying project through future rates. A qualifying project is an economic development project for which, among other things, the utility has received a binding commitment from the developer or occupant of the proposed project regarding capacity or a financial guaranty from the developer or state or local government in the amount of at least 50 percent of the estimated investment to be made in the proposed project. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101108D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/19/2017Impact statement from SCC (SB1289)
01/23/2017Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2017Read second time
01/26/2017Reading of amendment waived
01/26/2017Committee amendment agreed to
01/26/2017Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1289E
01/26/2017Printed as engrossed 17101108D-E
01/27/2017Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2017Impact statement from SCC (SB1289E)
01/31/2017Placed on Calendar
01/31/2017Read first time
01/31/2017Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/07/2017Reported from Commerce and Labor (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2017Read second time
02/10/2017Read third time
02/10/2017Passed House BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
02/10/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2017Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1289ER)
02/13/2017Impact statement from SCC (SB1289ER)
02/13/2017Signed by President
02/13/2017Signed by Speaker
02/14/2017Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/14/17
02/14/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 21, 2017
02/21/2017Governor's recommendation received by Senate
02/23/2017Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2017Enacted, Chapter 253 (effective 7/1/16)
02/24/2017House concurred in Governor's recommendation (92-Y 0-N)
02/24/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (92-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2017G Governor's recommendation adopted
02/24/2017Reenrolled bill text (SB1289ER2)
02/24/2017Signed by President as reenrolled
02/24/2017Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
02/24/2017Enacted, Chapter 253 (effective 7/1/17)
02/24/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0253)