Electric utility regulation; third-party sales agreements, public generating facilities. (HB1647)

Introduced By

Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patron Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utility regulation; third-party sales agreements; public generating facilities; net energy metering; community solar. The measure, for customers of investor-owned territories and in the certificated service territories of investor-owned utilities, (i) authorizes localities to install solar-powered or wind-powered electric generation facilities and credit the electricity they generate to its metered accounts at the same rate that it would be charged for the power by the utility, (ii) authorizes third-party power purchase agreements for all customer classes throughout the Commonwealth, (iii) allows the tenant of a multifamily residential building or the owner of a condominium unit to buy electric power from renewable energy facilities installed by the owner of the rental units or common areas of the condominium, (iv) establishes a shared solar program that allows customers to purchase electric power through a subscription in a shared solar facility, (v) raises the cap for net-metered nonresidential generation facilities from one megawatt to three megawatts, (vi) increases the limit on the size of a renewable facility an eligible customer-generator may install to 150 percent of expected annual energy consumption, (vii) removes the ability of utilities to assess standby charges on residential net energy metering customers, and (viii) increases the cap on the total amount of renewable energy that can be net metered in a utility's service territory from one percent to 10 percent. Read the Bill »


02/27/2020: Passed the Senate


01/16/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104629D
01/16/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/21/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
01/22/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1647)
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
02/06/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2020Committee substitute printed 20107899D-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 20107899D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1647H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (55-Y 45-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1647H1)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/24/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Committee substitute printed 20109065D-S1
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109065D-S1
02/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1647S1
02/27/2020Passed Senate with substitute (24-Y 16-N)

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