Electric utilities; electric school bus pilot program. (HB75)

Introduced By

Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patron Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utilities; electric school bus pilot program. Authorizes Dominion Energy Virginia to implement a pilot program under which it will deploy electric school buses in participating school divisions in its service territory. The initial phase of the pilot program is limited to the deployment of 50 electric school buses at a cost of up to $13.5 million. In each of the five years thereafter, the pilot program may be expanded by up to 200 additional electric school buses at a cost of up to $54 million per year. The pilot program provides that (i) the utility may use vehicle-to-grid technology to access electricity in the storage batteries of the electric school buses when they are not in use and (ii) the primary purpose of electric school buses is student transportation and if the Phase II utility's use of the battery compromises the school boards' ability to transport the students either through bus unavailability or insufficient charge, then the Phase II utility will compensate the school board. The duration of the pilot program shall not exceed 10 years, though the utility may petition the State Corporation Commission to make it permanent. Program costs, including the incremental cost of the electric school buses, are recoverable through the utility's base rates. Read the Bill »


02/27/2020: Passed the Senate


12/05/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100328D
12/05/2019Referred to Committee on Education
01/07/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB75)
01/13/2020Assigned Education sub: Pre-K-12
01/22/2020Referred from Education
01/22/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/28/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
02/06/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2020Committee substitute printed 20107881D-H1
02/06/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (12-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107881D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB75H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (55-Y 44-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB75H1)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/20/2020Rereferred from Education and Health (9-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Rereferred to Commerce and Labor
02/24/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Committee substitute printed 20109045D-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 20109045D-S1
02/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB75S1
02/27/2020Passed Senate with substitute (30-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB75S1)
03/02/2020Placed on Calendar
03/02/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20109045D-S1 (0-Y 98-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 98-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-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: Kory, McQuinn, Robinson
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: Spruill, Hashmi, Cosgrove
03/12/2020No further action taken
03/12/2020Failed to pass in House

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