Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy; established. (SB1284)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy. Establishes the Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy, replacing the Commonwealth Energy Policy. The bill sets out the energy policy and objectives of the Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy, which include: (i) the Commonwealth recognizes that effectively addressing climate change and enhancing resilience will advance the health, welfare, and safety of the residents of the Commonwealth and that addressing climate change requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the Commonwealth's economy sufficient to reach net-zero emission by 2045 in all sectors, including the electric power, transportation, industrial, agricultural, building, and infrastructure sectors; (ii) the Commonwealth recognizes the need to promote environmental justice and ensure that it is carried out throughout the Commonwealth and the need to address and prevent energy inequities in historically economically disadvantaged communities; and (iii) the Commonwealth must continue to prioritize economic competiveness and workforce development in an equitable manner. Read the Bill »


03/24/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102125D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/25/2021Assigned C&L sub: Energy
01/27/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2021Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Committee substitute printed 21103831D-S1
02/01/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/03/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103831D-S1
02/04/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1284S1
02/05/2021Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2021Placed on Calendar
02/07/2021Read first time
02/07/2021Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Labor and Commerce
02/09/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1284S1)
02/10/2021Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
02/15/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
02/16/2021Reported from Labor and Commerce (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Read second time
02/19/2021Read third time
02/19/2021Passed House (55-Y 45-N)
02/19/2021VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1284ER)
02/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1284ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
02/26/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021
02/26/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/24/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 327 (effective 7/1/21)
03/24/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0327)