Distributed renewable energy; promotes the establishment thereof. (HB572)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna)


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) removes the one percent cap on the total amount of renewable energy that can be net metered in a utility's service territory, (ii) authorizes third-party power purchase agreements for all customer classes throughout the Commonwealth, (iii) allows local governments and certain other public bodies to install solar or wind facilities of up to five megawatts on government-owned property and use the electricity for government-owned buildings, (iv) allows all net metering customers to attribute output from a single solar array to multiple meters, (v) allows the owner of a multi-family residential building or the common areas of a condominium to install a renewable energy generation facility and sell the electricity to tenants or condominium unit owners, (vi) removes the restriction on customers installing a net-metered generation facility larger than that required to meet their previous 12 months' demand, (vii) raises the cap for net-metered nonresidential generation facilities from one megawatt to three megawatts, and (viii) removes the ability of utilities to assess standby charges. The measure also amends the Commonwealth Energy Policy to include provisions supporting distributed generation of renewable energy. Read the Bill »


01/16/2020: Awaiting a Vote in the Labor and Commerce Committee


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


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.

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