Offshore wind generation facilities; development of facilities. (SB998)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patron Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utilities; offshore wind development. Provides that the construction or purchase by a public utility of one or more offshore wind generation facilities located off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline or in federal waters and interconnected directly into the Commonwealth, with an aggregate capacity of up to 5,200 megawatts, is in the public interest. The measure provides that construction by Dominion Energy Virginia of one or more new utility-owned and utility-operated generating facilities utilizing energy derived from offshore wind and located off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline, with an aggregate rated capacity between 2,500 megawatts and 3,000 megawatts, along with electrical transmission or distribution facilities associated therewith for interconnection is in the public interest. The measure provides that the State Corporation Commission will determine the reasonableness and prudence of associated costs and will presume such costs to be reasonable and prudent if certain criteria are met. The measure provides that such costs shall be allocated to all customers of the utility in the Commonwealth as a non-bypassable charge, irrespective of the generation supplier of any such customer except for low-income customers and certain commercial and industrial customers. The measure requires the utility to (i) identify options for utilizing local workers; (ii) identify the economic development benefits of the project for the Commonwealth, including capital investments and job creation; (iii) consult with relevant governmental entities, including the Commonwealth's Chief Workforce Development Officer and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, on opportunities to advance the Commonwealth's workforce and economic development goals, including furtherance of apprenticeship and other workforce training programs; and (iv) give priority to the hiring of local workers, including workers from historically economically disadvantaged communities. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/16/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105323D
01/16/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/23/2020Assigned C&L sub: Energy
01/27/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB998)
02/09/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Committee substitute printed 20107544D-S1
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Read second time
02/11/2020Amendments by Senator DeSteph withdrawn
02/11/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107544D-S1
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB998S1
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Placed on Calendar
02/18/2020Read first time
02/18/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/19/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB998S1)
02/27/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce (13-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Read second time
03/03/2020Floor substitute printed 20109515D-H1 (Rasoul)
03/03/2020Read third time
03/03/2020Passed by for the day
03/04/2020Passed by for the day
03/05/2020Passed by temporarily
03/05/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
03/05/2020Read third time
03/05/2020Substitute by Delegate Rasoul withdrawn 20109515D-H1
03/05/2020Amendments by Delegate Rasoul withdrawn
03/05/2020Passed House (54-Y 41-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB998ER)
03/12/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House reprinted (SB998ER)
03/12/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Signed by Speaker
03/13/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB998ER)
03/17/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 17, 2020
03/17/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/11/2020Governor's substitute printed 20110088D-S2
04/22/2020Amendments specific and severable (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (26-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (52-Y 40-N)
04/22/2020VOTE: (52-Y 40-N)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (SB998ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1279 (effective 7/1/20)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1279)
05/01/2020VOTE: (52-Y 40-N)