Electric utilities; offshore wind generation facilities development. (HB1664)

Introduced By

Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patrons Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), and Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utilities; offshore wind development. Provides that the construction or purchase by a public utility of one or more offshore wind generation facilities located off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline or in federal waters and interconnected directly into the Commonwealth, with an aggregate capacity of up to 5,200 megawatts, is in the public interest. The measure provides that construction by Dominion Energy Virginia of one or more new utility-owned and utility-operated generating facilities utilizing energy derived from offshore wind and located off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline, with an aggregate rated capacity between 2,500 megawatts and 3,000 megawatts, along with electrical transmission or distribution facilities associated therewith for interconnection is in the public interest. The measure provides that the State Corporation Commission will determine the reasonableness and prudence of associated costs and will presume such costs to be reasonable and prudent if certain criteria are met. The measure provides that such costs shall be allocated to all customers of the utility in the Commonwealth as a non-bypassable charge, irrespective of the generation supplier of any such customer except for low-income customers and certain commercial and industrial customers. The measure requires the utility to (a) identify options for utilizing local workers, (b) identify the economic development benefits of the project for the Commonwealth, including capital investments and job creation; (c) consult with relevant governmental entities, including the Commonwealth's Chief Workforce Development Officer and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, on opportunities to advance the Commonwealth's workforce and economic development goals, including furtherance of apprenticeship and other workforce training programs; and (d) give priority to the hiring of local workers, including workers from historically economically disadvantaged communities. The measure provides that any such project is required to include an environmental and fisheries mitigation plan submitted to the Commission for the construction and operation of such offshore wind facilities. Read the Bill »


02/24/2020: passed committee


01/17/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105316D
01/17/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/21/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
01/23/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1664)
01/30/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 4-N)
02/06/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2020Committee substitute printed 20107608D-H1
02/06/2020Incorporates HB1607 (Lindsey)
02/06/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (15-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107608D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1664H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (65-Y 34-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (65-Y 34-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/19/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1664H1)
02/24/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Passed by for the day

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