Electric utilities; energy efficiency programs, on-bill tariff program. (SB737)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patron Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utilities; energy efficiency programs. Provides that, for the purposes of the Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act, energy efficiency programs include electrification, including measures that electrify space heating, water heating, cooling, drying, cooking, industrial processes, and other building and industrial end uses that would otherwise be served by onsite, nonelectric fuels, provided that the electrification measures reduce site energy consumption and that, to the maximum extent practical, seek to combine with federally authorized customer rebates for heat pump technology. The bill provides that electricity consumption increases that result from State Corporation Commission-approved electrification measures shall not be considered as a reduction in energy savings under the energy savings requirements and that utilities may apply verified total site energy reductions that are attributable to Commission-approved electrification measures to the energy savings requirements. The bill specifies that energy efficiency programs and energy efficiency measures do not include electrification of any process or activity primarily fueled by natural gas. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, there is no anticipated fiscal impact on the State Corporation Commission as a result of this legislation (SB737).

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Bill Has Passed


01/19/2024Presented and ordered printed 24105837D
01/19/2024Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/05/2024Impact statement from SCC (SB737)
02/09/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/09/2024Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Committee substitute printed 24107018D-S1
02/09/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107018D-S1
02/12/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB737S1
02/13/2024Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2024Placed on Calendar
02/16/2024Read first time
02/16/2024Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/19/2024Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
02/19/2024Impact statement from SCC (SB737S1)
02/27/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/27/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 4-N)
02/27/2024Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (11-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Committee substitute printed 24108433D-H1
02/29/2024Read second time
03/01/2024Read third time
03/01/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24108433D-H1
03/01/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB737H1
03/01/2024Passed House with substitute (50-Y 46-N)
03/01/2024VOTE: Passage (50-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Passed by for the day
03/05/2024House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N)
03/06/2024House insisted on substitute
03/06/2024House requested conference committee
03/07/2024Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N)
03/07/2024Conferees appointed by Senate
03/07/2024Senators: Surovell, Deeds, Reeves
03/07/2024Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2024Delegates: Sullivan, Herring, Kilgore
03/08/2024C Amended by conference committee
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by Senate (22-Y 18-N)
03/08/2024Impact statement from SCC (SB737H1)
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by House (52-Y 44-N)
03/08/2024VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 44-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB737ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/05/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 607 (effective 7/1/24)

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