Electric utilities; incentive programs for low-income customers. (HB1656)

Introduced By

Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utilities; incentive programs for low-income customers. Authorizes Dominion Energy Virginia and American Electric Power to recover, through a rate adjustment clause, the costs of designing, implementing, and operating programs to provide incentives to low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals who participate in an energy conservation program, or to organizations providing residential services to such individuals, for the installation of, or access to, solar energy generating equipment. The measure also clarifies that these utilities shall submit a petition for approval to design, implement, and operate a separate three-year incentive program, in an amount not to exceed $25 million in the aggregate, to enable the installation of, or access to, solar energy equipment, that is in addition to the existing $25 million in incentives the utilities are required to provide over three years to low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals for energy conservation measures. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105595D
01/17/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/21/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
01/28/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1656)
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
02/04/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Read first time
02/06/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/07/2020Read third time and passed House (95-Y 4-N)
02/07/2020VOTE: Passage (95-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
03/02/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Read third time
03/05/2020Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1656ER)
03/12/2020Signed by Speaker
03/12/2020Signed by President
03/13/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1656ER)
03/17/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 17, 2020
03/17/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/07/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 801 (effective 7/1/20)
04/07/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0801)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.