Distributed renewable energy; sale of electricity under third-party sales agreements. (SB710)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), and Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


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) increases from one percent to 10 percent the systemwide 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 multifamily 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 »


02/14/2020: In Committee


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104871D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/16/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB710)
01/23/2020Assigned C&L sub: Energy
02/03/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Passed by for the day
02/07/2020Floor substitute printed 20107969D-S1 (McClellan)
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2020Substitute by Senator McClellan agreed to 20107969D-S1
02/07/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB710S1
02/10/2020Passed by for the day
02/11/2020Read third time and passed Senate (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Substitute by Senator McClellan reconsidered (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Substitute by Senator McCLellan rejected 20107969D-S1
02/11/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2020Floor substitute printed 20108117D-S2 (McClellan)
02/11/2020Substitute by Senator McClellan agreed to 20108117D-S2
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB710S2
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB710S1)
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/14/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB710S2)

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