Distributed solar & other renewable energy; sales of electricity under third-party 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) requires the State Corporation Commission to establish by regulation a shared solar program that allows multifamily customers of investor-owned utilities, other than American Electric Power, to purchase electric power through a subscription in a shared solar facility; (ii) raises the cap on the total amount of renewable energy that can be net metered in a utility's service territory from one percent to six percent, five percent of which is available to all customers and one percent of which is available only to low-income utility customers; (iii) raises the cap for net-metered nonresidential generation facilities from one megawatt to three megawatts; (iv) allows certain localities to install solar or wind facilities of up to five megawatts on government-owned property and use the electricity for government-owned buildings; (v) increases the cap on the capacity of generation from facilities from the customer's expected annual energy consumption to 150 percent of such amount for customers in Dominion Energy Virginia's service territory; (vi) prohibits standby charges for any residential customer-generator or agricultural customer-generator of an investor-owned utility other than Dominion Energy Virginia; and (vii) increases the cap on third party power purchase agreements to 500 megawatts for jurisdictional customers and 500 megawatts for nonjurisdictional customers of Dominion Energy Virginia and to 40 megawatts for customers of American Electric Power. The measure also amends the Commonwealth Energy Policy to include provisions supporting distributed generation of renewable energy. This bill is identical to HB 572 and HB 1184. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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)
02/25/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (12-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Committee substitute printed 20109142D-H1
02/27/2020Read second time
02/27/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB710H1)
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109142D-H1
02/28/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB710H1
02/28/2020Passed House with substitute (64-Y 34-N 1-A)
02/28/2020VOTE: Passage (64-Y 34-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020House substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020House insisted on substitute
03/03/2020House requested conference committee
03/04/2020Senators: McClellan, Saslaw, Spruill, Norment, Vogel
03/04/2020Senate acceded to request (26-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/04/2020Senators: McClellan, Spruill, Vogel
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Keam, Lopez, Runion
03/07/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference substitute printed 20109867D-S3
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by House (61-Y 32-N 1-A)
03/08/2020VOTE: Adoption (61-Y 32-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by House
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by House (60-Y 31-N 1-A)
03/08/2020VOTE: Adoption #2 (60-Y 31-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (27-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
03/13/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB710S3)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB710ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB710ER)
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
04/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1187 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1187)