Public utilities; aggregate energy storage capacity in the Commonwealth. (SB632)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public utilities; energy storage capacity in the Commonwealth. Provides that it is the objective of the General Assembly that 2,700 megawatts of aggregate energy storage capacity be placed into service on or before July 1, 2030. The bill provides that energy storage facilities with an aggregate capacity of 2,700 megawatts are in the public interest and that prior to January 1, 2030, (i) the construction by a public utility of one or more energy storage facilities located in the Commonwealth, having in the aggregate a rated capacity that does not exceed 2,700 megawatts, or (ii) the purchase by a public utility of energy storage facilities described in clause (i) owned by persons other than a public utility or the capacity from such facilities is in the public interest. The bill requires that at least 65 percent of the energy storage capacity placed in service on or after July 1, 2020, located in the Commonwealth and found to be in the public interest is from the purchase by a public utility of energy storage facilities owned by persons other than a public utility or the capacity from such facilities. The bill provides that such purchases shall be subject to competitive procurement, provided that a public utility may select energy storage facilities without regard to whether such selection satisfies price criteria if the selection of the energy storage facilities materially advances non-price criteria, including favoring geographic distribution of generating facilities, areas of higher employment, or regional economic development, if such facilities do not exceed 25 percent of the utility's energy storage capacity. The bill provides that an integrated resource plan (IRP) should include recommended plans for utilizing energy storage facilities to meet forecasted demand and assure adequate and sufficient reliability of service and requires that in preparing an IRP, each electric utility shall systematically evaluate and may propose developing a long-term plan to integrate new energy storage facilities into existing generation and distribution assets to assist with grid transformation. Finally, the bill requires the State Corporation Commission, in the annual report required by legislation enacted in the 2018 Session, to assess the aggregate annual new construction and purchase of energy storage facilities. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102882D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/16/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB632)
01/23/2020Assigned C&L sub: Energy
02/03/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Committee substitute printed 20106781D-S1
02/05/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read second time
02/06/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106781D-S1
02/06/2020Reading of amendments waived
02/06/2020Passed by for the day
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Reading of amendments waived
02/07/2020Amendments by Senator Surovell agreed to
02/07/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB632ES1
02/07/2020Printed as engrossed 20106781D-ES1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed Senate (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB632S1)
02/10/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB632ES1)
02/18/2020Placed on Calendar
02/18/2020Read first time
02/18/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/27/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce (11-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Read second time
03/03/2020Read third time
03/03/2020Passed by temporarily
03/03/2020Passed House (52-Y 44-N)
03/03/2020VOTE: Passage (52-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB632ER)
03/07/2020Signed by President
03/07/2020Signed by Speaker
03/09/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB632ER)
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
04/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1190 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1190)