Electric utilities; undergrounding distribution lines, reasonableness and prudence of costs. (SB901)

Introduced By

Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utilities; undergrounding distribution lines; reasonableness and prudence of costs. States that the General Assembly has determined that (i) the conversion of an investor-owned electric utility's existing overhead distribution tap lines with new underground facilities will provide local and system-wide benefits, (ii) the new underground facilities are cost beneficial, and (iii) the costs associated with the new underground facilities are reasonably and prudently incurred. This legislative determination replaces a provision enacted in 2017 that established a rebuttable presumption regarding these three issues. The measure also directs the State Corporation Commission, in proceedings authorized or required by § 56-585.1, to only consider whether activities, facilities, or projects were or will be subject to proper and required purchasing and construction practices and whether costs proposed for such activities, facilities, or projects are reasonable such that they are attributable to expenses. This directive supersedes provisions enacted in 2007 that authorized the Commission to determine the reasonableness and prudence of costs incurred by a utility. This bill was incorporated into SB 966. Read the Bill »


02/05/2018: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/19/2018Presented and ordered printed 18104735D
01/19/2018Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/31/2018Impact statement from SCC (SB901)
02/02/2018Assigned C&L sub: Electric Utility
02/05/2018Incorporated by Commerce and Labor (SB966-Wagner) (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)