Green New Deal Act; establishes a moratorium, effective January 1, 2022, etc. (HB1937)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patrons Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), and Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Green New Deal Act. Establishes a moratorium, effective January 1, 2022, on approval by any state agency or political subdivision of any approval required for (i) electric generating facilities that generate fossil fuel energy through the combustion of a fossil fuel resource; (ii) import or export terminals for fossil fuel resources; (iii) certain maintenance activities relating to an import or export terminal for a fossil fuel resource; (iv) gathering lines or pipelines for the transport of any fossil fuel resource that require the use of eminent domain on private property; (v) certain maintenance activities relating to such gathering lines or pipelines; (vi) refineries of a fossil fuel resource; and (vii) exploration for any type of fossil fuel, unless preempted by applicable federal law. The measure also requires that at least 80 percent of the electricity sold by a retail electric supplier in calendar years 2028 through 2035 be generated from clean energy resources. In calendar year 2036 and every calendar year thereafter, 100 percent of the electricity sold by a retail electric supplier is required to be generated from clean energy resources. The clean energy mandates apply to a public utility or other person that sells not less than 1,000 megawatt hours of electric energy to retail customers or generates not less than 1,000 megawatt hours of electric energy for use by the person. The Director of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is authorized to bring actions for injunctions to enforce these requirements. The measure requires the Department to adopt a Climate Action Plan that addresses all aspects of climate change, including mitigation, adaptation, resiliency, and assistance in the transition from current energy sources to clean renewable energy. The measure provides that any retail electric supplier that fails to meet any goal or benchmark is liable for a civil penalty equal to twice the cost of the financial investment necessary to meet such goal or mandate that was not achieved, or three times the cost of the financial investment necessary to meet such goal or benchmark that was not achieved if not met in an environmental justice community. The measure provides that it is the goal of the Commonwealth to achieve a 36 percent reduction in electric energy consumption in buildings by 2036. The measure requires the Department, in coordination with the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice (Council) to establish performance benchmarks for environmental justice communities and to establish programs for jobs for people in environmental justice communities. The measure requires the Council to develop and make available to each state agency training modules designed to facilitate the promotion of environmental justice. The measure requires the Department to establish the Transitioning Workers Program (the Program) to provide support for workers in the fossil fuel industry and affected communities and provide such workers job training, relocation support, income and benefit support, and early retirement benefits. The measure provides for funding such program by 20 percent of the revenue generated by the allowance auction established by the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality. The measure prohibits the Commission from approving construction of any new utility-owned generating facilities that emit carbon dioxide as a by-product of combusting fuel to generate electricity. The measure requires that all utility costs associated with the construction of, acquisition of, or agreements to purchase the energy, capacity, and environmental attributes of certain required generation and storage facilities are recovered through the utility's rates for generation and distribution services. The measure requires that under the renewable energy portfolio standard program, Dominion Energy Virginia and American Electric Power be required to produce their electricity from 80 percent renewable sources by 2028 and 100 percent by 2036. The measure increases the incremental energy efficiency savings that each investor-owned incumbent electric utility is required to achieve that start in 2022 at 2.4 percent for American Electric Power and Dominion Energy Virginia of the average annual energy retail sales by that utility in 2020 and increases those savings annually. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100436D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/05/2021Left in Labor and Commerce


Fcta writes:

See Germany for results. After 10 years of taxpayer abuse they are ready for Putin's pipe.(Ngas)
Nord Stream 2.

BilltheThrill writes:

How many politicians that support green measures have:
1. Added solar panels to their roof
2. Forsaken natural gas heat for a heat pump

Plum drives a Prius,but probably got a sweet tax credit and Surovell has a gas electric and probably took the full $7500 tax credit.

Lou writes:

Solar panels are a waste of money; they take decades before they pay for themselves. Who gets kickbacks from the Solar Gang? Does Governor Shoe Polish have them on his roof? How about Red Herring? Mr. Fairfax the woman beater? Just askin'.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

According to the federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory's 2019 Solar Industry Update, the solar panels take 8 years to pay for themselves, on average. I got mine 5 years ago, and they'll have paid for themselves in another 3 years. And the panels are rated for a 30-year lifespan (at which point they'll still work, they'll just generate less power).

Being opposed to solar energy is super weird. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, solar the cheapest form of energy, and it gets cheaper every year. You might as well be opposed to apple pies or puppies.

James writes:

I never understand why we cant do both. Even the pipelines its a either or partisan position. Ironically the pipelines dont stop the oil, only the cheaper, safer, less polluting way of transporting it. We dont need moratorium on current in use options. I want all the options and in due time youll use more solar and less others. We dont have to hurt ourselves by slamming in any direction. Im in favor of coal, natural gas, gasoline, diesel and also want solar personally. You can get the benefits of solar in the day and usability of current options when the suns not shinning.