Carbon dioxide cap and trade program; establishes program, etc. (HB1152)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; Energy Efficiency Fund. Directs the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to implement the final carbon trading regulation as approved by the Air Pollution Control Board providing for the establishment of a carbon dioxide cap and trade program. The measure directs the Commonwealth to become a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Pursuant to the Commonwealth's participation in the RGGI program, the Department shall seek to sell 100 percent of all allowances issued each year through the allowance auction. The measure authorizes the Director of the DEQ to establish, implement, and manage an auction program to sell allowances into a market-based trading program consistent with the RGGI program. The measure establishes the Energy Efficiency Fund and requires that all proceeds received from the sale of allowances conducted through the RGGI program be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Fund. Not less than 50 percent of the proceeds received from the sale of allowances shall be credited to an account to support energy efficiency programs, with at least 20 percent of the proceeds being directed to low-income energy efficiency programs. Not more than three percent of the proceeds shall be used to cover reasonable administrative expenses. The remaining funds will revert to the general fund. This bill was incorporated into HB 981. Read the Bill »


02/04/2020: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101672D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Chesapeake
01/22/2020Referred from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/22/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/28/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB981-Herring)
02/04/2020Incorporated by Labor and Commerce (HB981-Herring)