Electric utilities; right to shop. (HB868)

Introduced By

Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), and Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utilities; right to shop. Authorizes individual retail customers of electric energy to purchase electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy from any licensed competitive supplier of electric energy, including any incumbent electric utility. Currently, such customers may purchase electric power from such suppliers, other than an incumbent electric utility that is not the incumbent electric utility serving the exclusive territory in which the customer is located, only if their incumbent electric utility does not offer an approved tariff for electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy. The measure also provides that a cooperative utility customer eligible to take service under a tariff for electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy is prohibited from purchasing electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy from a licensed supplier, except such customer is authorized to continue purchasing renewable energy pursuant to the terms of a power purchase agreement in effect on the date the cooperative serving it filed with the Commission such tariff for electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy for the duration of such agreement. The provisions of the bill will not become effective unless reenacted by the 2021 Session of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102574D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/16/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB868)
02/06/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2020Committee substitute printed 20107673D-H1
02/06/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107673D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB868H1
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 (HB868H1)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/24/2020Continued to 2021 in Commerce and Labor (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Reconsidered by Commerce and Labor
03/02/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Read third time
03/05/2020Passed by temporarily
03/05/2020Reading of amendment waived
03/05/2020Committee amendment agreed to
03/05/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/05/2020Passed Senate with amendment (33-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Senate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 97-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Senate insisted on amendment (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/05/2020House acceded to request
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Bourne, Mullin, O'Quinn
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: Saslaw, Spruill, Norment
03/07/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by House (56-Y 41-N)
03/07/2020VOTE: Adoption (56-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Passed by temporarily
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (30-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB868ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB868ER)
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
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1107 (effective - see bill)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1107)