Small renewable energy projects; impact on natural resources, report. (HB206)

Introduced By

Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall) with support from co-patron Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Small renewable energy projects; impact on natural resources. Requires, as a condition for a permit by rule for a small energy project, that if the Department of Environmental Quality determines that there will be a significant adverse impact on wildlife, historic resources, prime agricultural soils, or forest lands, the applicant must also submit a mitigation plan with a 45-day public comment period. The bill specifies that a disturbance of (i) more than 10 acres of prime agricultural soils, (ii) more than 50 acres of contiguous forest lands, or (iii) forest lands enrolled in a forestry preservation program is deemed to be a significant adverse impact on natural resources. The bill directs the Department to convene an advisory panel to assist in developing regulations to implement these requirements, and the main provisions of the bill do not become effective until such regulations are adopted. Any application for a small renewable energy project received for which an interconnection request is applied for and received by December 31, 2024, is not subject to the provisions of the bill. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101438D
01/10/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/01/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB206)
02/04/2022Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
02/09/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/09/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
02/09/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/09/2022Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (19-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Committee substitute printed 22106363D-H1
02/11/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB206H1)
02/11/2022Read first time
02/14/2022Floor substitute printed 22106540D-H2 (Ware)
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Committee on ACNR substitute rejected 22106363D-H1
02/14/2022Substitute by Delegate Ware agreed to 22106540D-H2
02/14/2022Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB206H2
02/15/2022Read third time and passed House (67-Y 32-N)
02/15/2022VOTE: Passage (67-Y 32-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB206H2)
03/01/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
03/01/2022Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (13-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Committee substitute printed 22107284D-S1
03/03/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB206S1)
03/03/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107284D-S1
03/04/2022Read third time
03/04/2022Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2022Committee substitute agreed to h4160
03/04/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB206S1
03/04/2022Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Passed by for the day
03/09/2022Senate substitute agreed to by House 22107284D-S1 (91-Y 7-N)
03/09/2022VOTE: Adoption (91-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB206ER)
03/11/2022Signed by Speaker
03/11/2022Signed by President
03/15/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB206ER)
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 688 (effective - see bill)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0688)