Electric utility regulation; mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard. (HB1451)

Introduced By

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge), and Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utilities; mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard. Replaces the existing voluntary renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) program with a mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard program that requires each electric utility to generate or purchase increasing percentages of electric power that is generated from renewable energy sources. The required percentages start at 14 percent of the total electric energy sold in 2021. Thereafter the required percentages increase in steps until 2050 and thereafter, in which years 100 percent of the total electric energy sold is required to be renewable energy. The measure also requires that the sources of renewable energy be derived from one of several tiers, with required percentages varying over time. A utility that fails to comply with an RPS standard established for a year is required to pay a deficiency payment. The moneys paid as deficiency payments will be distributed by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to programs for low-income, disability, veteran, and age-qualifying energy efficiency programs and renewable energy programs, energy efficiency measures for public facilities, and administrative costs. The measure also requires the State Corporation Commission to implement an energy storage deployment target of 2,400 megawatts by 2035. Read the Bill »


02/24/2020: Passed the Senate


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104976D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/2020Referred from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/15/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1451)
01/16/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
02/06/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2020Committee substitute printed 20107907D-H1
02/06/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107907D-H1
02/10/2020Amendments by Delegate Sullivan agreed to
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments HB1451EH1
02/10/2020Printed as engrossed 20107907D-EH1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (52-Y 47-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/13/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1451H1)
02/18/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendments (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1451EH1)
02/20/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Read third time
02/21/2020Reading of amendments waived
02/21/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/21/2020Passed by for the day
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/24/2020Passed Senate with amendments (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Placed on Calendar
02/26/2020Senate amendments rejected by House (0-Y 97-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Senate insisted on amendments (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/02/2020House acceded to request
03/03/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/03/2020Senators: Stuart, Mason, Petersen
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/04/2020Delegates: Sullivan, Lopez, O'Quinn
03/12/2020No further action taken
03/12/2020Failed to pass in House