Distributed renewable energy; promotes establishment of solar and other renewable energy. (HB2329)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna) with support from co-patron Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Distributed renewable energy. Promotes the establishment of distributed renewable solar and other renewable energy. The measure (i) removes the one percent cap on the total amount of renewable energy that can be net metered in a utility's service territory, (ii) authorizes third-party power purchase agreements for all customer classes throughout the Commonwealth, (iii) allows local governments and certain other public bodies to install solar or wind facilities of up to five megawatts on government-owned property and use the electricity for government-owned buildings, (iv) allows all net metering customers to attribute output from a single solar array to multiple meters, (v) allows the owner of a multi-family residential building or the common areas of a condominium to install a renewable energy generation facility and sell the electricity to tenants or condominium unit owners, (vi) removes the restriction on customers installing a net-metered generation facility larger than that required to meet their previous 12 months' demand, (vii) raises the cap for net-metered nonresidential generation facilities from one megawatt to two megawatts, and (viii) removes the ability of utilities to assess standby charges. The measure also amends the Commonwealth Energy Policy to include provisions supporting distributed generation of renewable energy. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/08/2019Committee
01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103955D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/11/2019Impact statement from SCC (HB2329)
01/15/2019Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #3
01/31/2019Failed to report (defeated) in Commerce and Labor (7-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1456.

Comments

Linda Croxson writes:

These commonsense measures will make it more productive for private individuals and local governments to install solar arrays.
This will save Virginians money and help put Virginia in the forefront of the coming green revolution.
Our politicians need to move out from under the domination of the fossil fuel industry.

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