Distributed solar & other renewable energy; sales of electricity under third-party agreements. (HB572)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Distributed renewable energy. Promotes the establishment of distributed renewable solar and other renewable energy. The measure (i) requires the State Corporation Commission to establish by regulation a shared solar program that allows multifamily customers of investor-owned utilities, other than American Electric Power, to purchase electric power through a subscription in a shared solar facility; (ii) raises the cap on the total amount of renewable energy that can be net metered in a utility's service territory from one percent to six percent, five percent of which is available to all customers and one percent of which is available only to low-income utility customers; (iii) raises the cap for net-metered nonresidential generation facilities from one megawatt to three megawatts; (iv) allows certain localities to install solar or wind facilities of up to five megawatts on government-owned property and use the electricity for government-owned buildings; (v) increases the cap on the capacity of generation from facilities from the customer's expected annual energy consumption to 150 percent of such amount for customers in Dominion Energy Virginia's service territory; (vi) prohibits standby charges for any residential customer-generator or agricultural customer-generator of an investor-owned utility other than Dominion Energy Virginia; and (vii) increases the cap on third party power purchase agreements to 500 megawatts for jurisdictional customers and 500 megawatts for nonjurisdictional customers of Dominion Energy Virginia and to 40 megawatts for customers of American Electric Power. The measure also amends the Commonwealth Energy Policy to include provisions supporting distributed generation of renewable energy. This bill is identical to HB 1184 and SB 710. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101906D
01/06/2020Referred 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 (HB572)
01/16/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 2-N)
02/04/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Committee substitute printed 20107625D-H1
02/04/2020Incorporates HB912 (Simon)
02/05/2020Read first time
02/06/2020Read second time
02/06/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107625D-H1
02/06/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB572H1
02/07/2020Read third time and passed House (67-Y 31-N)
02/07/2020VOTE: Passage (67-Y 31-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/11/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB572H1)
02/24/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Committee substitute printed 20109047D-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 20109047D-S1
02/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB572S1
02/27/2020Passed Senate with substitute (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Placed on Calendar
03/02/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB572S1)
03/02/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20109047D-S1 (0-Y 100-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 100-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate insisted on substitute (24-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/04/2020House acceded to request
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Keam, Lopez, Runion
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: McClellan, Spruill, Vogel
03/07/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference substitute printed 20109768D-H2
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by House (62-Y 35-N 1-A)
03/07/2020VOTE: Adoption (62-Y 35-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (23-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
03/13/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB572H2)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB572ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB572ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1188 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1188)


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 1 minute.


Susan writes:

This is a common sense bill that repeals predatory monopoly limits on solar power imposed by Dominion-owned Republican General Assembly members in the past. Basically, the bill allows consumers and government entities to invest in and own their own rooftop or community solar power, free of the previous artificial restrictions that extended Dominion’s unfair monopoly and ever-rising rates. The bill should be amended, however, to guarantee consumers access to net metering at the same retail rate charged to that consumer by Dominion, with no additional charges of any kind whatsoever. Otherwise, Dominion will simply invent a different name for its predatory “standby charges” in its continuing effort to squelch the development of consumer-owned rooftop solar. Rooftop solar strengthens the local grid, increases resilience, provides clean efficient solar energy in lieu of the dirty fossil fuel preferred by Dominion, and lessens the unfair monopoly power of a ruthless corporate looter.