Energy planning & electric utility oversight; membership for Com. on Electricity Utility Regulation. (SB1166)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patron Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Energy planning and electric utility oversight. Increases from 10 to 13 the membership of the Commission on Electric Utility Regulation (the Commission) by adding three nonlegislative citizen members; requires the Commission to annually elect a chairman and vice-chairman, meet twice annually, and receive an annual report from the State Corporation Commission by November 1 regarding the implementation of the Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act; requires newly appointed members of the Commission to receive an orientation on electric utility regulation from the State Corporation Commission; authorizes the Commission to employ an executive director and such other persons as it deems necessary and to employ experts who have knowledge of the issues before it; and extends the expiration of the Commission from July 1, 2024, to July 1, 2029. The bill requires the Commission to (i) monitor applications by the Commonwealth for grants and awards for energy projects from the federal government, (ii) consider legislation referred to it during any session of the General Assembly or other requests by members of the General Assembly, and (iii) conduct studies and gather information and data in order to accomplish its purposes. The bill requires the Division of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of the Department of Energy to present a draft of the Virginia Energy Plan or any updates to the Plan to the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission and the Commission at a public meeting and to present the final Plan to the Commission at a public meeting. The bill changes the date by which an electric utility is required to file its updated integrated resource plan from May 1 to October 15, in each year immediately preceding the year the utility is subject to a review of rates for generation and distribution services filing, and provides that after January 1, 2024, each electric utility not subject to an annual review shall file an annual update to the integrated resource plan by October 15, in each year that the utility is subject to review of rates for generation and distribution services filing. The bill requires electric utilities, as part of preparing any integrated resource plan, to conduct outreach to engage the public in a stakeholder review process and provide opportunities for the public to contribute information, input, and ideas on the utility's integrated resource plan including the plan's development methodology, modeling inputs, and assumptions, as well as the ability for the public to make relevant inquiries, to the utility when formulating its integrated resource plan and to report its public outreach efforts to the Commission. This bill is identical to HB 2275. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23104221D
01/10/2023Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/23/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1166)
01/23/2023Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/23/2023Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2023Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/02/2023Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2023Committee substitute printed 23106233D-S1
02/03/2023Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2023Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2023Read second time
02/06/2023Committee amendment rejected
02/06/2023Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2023Committee substitute agreed to 23106233D-S1
02/06/2023Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1166S1
02/07/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1166S1)
02/07/2023Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2023Placed on Calendar
02/10/2023Read first time
02/10/2023Referred to Committee on Commerce and Energy
02/14/2023Reported from Commerce and Energy with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2023Committee substitute printed 23106898D-H1
02/14/2023Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/17/2023Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1166H1)
02/21/2023Read second time
02/22/2023Read third time
02/22/2023Committee substitute agreed to 23106898D-H1
02/22/2023Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1166H1
02/22/2023Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/22/2023VOTE: Block Vote Passage (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2023Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/22/2023Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/22/2023VOTE: Block Vote Passage #2 (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2023House substitute rejected by Senate (5-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2023House insisted on substitute
02/23/2023House requested conference committee
02/23/2023Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2023Conferees appointed by Senate
02/23/2023Senators: Surovell, Spruill, Norment
02/23/2023Conferees appointed by House
02/23/2023Delegates: Kilgore, Byron, Sullivan
02/25/2023C Amended by conference committee
02/25/2023Conference substitute printed 23107615D-S2
02/25/2023Conference report agreed to by Senate (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2023Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N)
02/25/2023VOTE: Adoption (93-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1166S2)
03/07/2023Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1166ER)
03/07/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1166ER)
03/08/2023Signed by President
03/08/2023Signed by Speaker
03/13/2023Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 13, 2023
03/13/2023G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 27, 2023
03/27/2023Governor's recommendation received by Senate
03/27/2023Governor's substitute printed 23107770D-S3
04/12/2023G Approved by Governor-Chapter 753 (effective 7/1/23)
04/12/2023Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/12/2023House concurred in Governor's recommendation (93-Y 0-N)
04/12/2023VOTE: Adoption (93-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/12/2023G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/12/2023Reenrolled bill text (SB1166ER2)
04/12/2023Signed by President as reenrolled
04/12/2023Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/12/2023Enacted, Chapter 753 (effective 7/1/23)
04/12/2023G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0753)

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Commerce and Labor committee on 12/11/2023. It meets on Monday, 1/2 hour after adjournment - Senate Room B.

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