Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act; definitions, funds, report. (HB981)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), and Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act; fund. Directs the Department of Environmental Quality to incorporate into regulations previously adopted by the State Air Pollution Control Board certain provisions establishing a carbon dioxide cap and trade program to reduce emissions released by electric generation facilities. Such provisions are required to comply with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative model rule. The bill authorizes the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality to establish, implement, and manage an auction program to sell allowances into a market-based trading program. The bill requires revenues from the sale of carbon allowances, to the extent permitted by Article X, Section 7 of the Constitution of Virginia, to be deposited in an interest-bearing account and to be distributed without further appropriation (i) to the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund; (ii) to the Department of Housing and Community Development for low-income energy efficiency programs; (iii) for administrative expenses; and (iv) to the Department of Housing and Community Development in partnership with the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to administer and implement low-income energy efficiency programs. The bill authorizes any locality using moneys in the Fund to provide a loan for a project in a low-income geographic area to forgive the principal of such loan, with the obligation of the locality to repay the loan remaining in effect. The bill also provides that if the Governor seeks to include the Commonwealth as a full participant in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the regulations shall require that certain purchasers be responsible for obtaining allowances under certain agreements. The bill authorizes the costs of allowances to be recovered by Phase I and Phase II Utilities from ratepayers and continues the Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund as the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund for the purpose of creating a low-interest loan program to help inland and coastal communities that are subject to recurrent or repetitive flooding. This bill incorporates HB 20 and HB 1152 and is identical to SB 1027. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105070D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Chesapeake
01/22/2020Referred from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/22/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/28/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
01/30/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 4-N)
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2020Committee substitute printed 20106683D-H1
02/04/2020Incorporates HB20 (Lindsey)
02/04/2020Incorporates HB1152 (Lopez)
02/05/2020Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/07/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 2-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Amendment by Delegate Wyatt withdrawn
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB981H1)
02/10/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106683D-H1
02/10/2020Amendments by Delegate Wyatt withdrawn
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB981H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (53-Y 46-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (53-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/18/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Committee substitute printed 20108601D-S1
02/18/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/25/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (12-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB981S1)
02/25/2020Committee substitute printed 20108602D-S2
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (50-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Committee substitute rejected 20108601D-S1
02/26/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/26/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108602D-S2
02/26/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB981S2
02/26/2020Passed Senate with substitute (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108602D-S2 (50-Y 43-N)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB981ER)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB981ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020Governor's recommendation received by House
04/22/2020Placed on Calendar
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (50-Y 45-N)
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (HB981ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1219 (effective 7/1/20)
04/22/2020VOTE: (50-Y 45-N)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1219)
05/01/2020VOTE: (50-Y 45-N)