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HB 1707 Clean Energy Advisory Board.

Introduced by: Lashrecse D. Aird | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Clean Energy Advisory Board. Authorizes the Clean Energy Advisory Board to administer any public power renewable grant program that is established by the general appropriations act. The measure expands the membership of the Board from 15 to 17 members. The measure specifies that one of the new members shall be an expert with experience implementing low-income and middle-income incentive and loan programs for distributed renewable energy resources and that the other new member shall be an attorney who maintains a legal practice dedicated to rural development, rural electrification, and energy policy. The measure also repeals the sunset provision for the Board, which is scheduled to expire on July 1, 2022.

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HB 1695 Wildlife Corridor Action Plan; road construction projects.

Introduced by: David L. Bulova | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Wildlife Corridor Action Plan; road construction projects. Directs the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in collaboration with the Department of Transportation and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, to create a Wildlife Corridor Action Plan (the Plan). The Plan shall identify wildlife corridors, defined as areas connecting fragmented wildlife habitats that are separated by human activities or infrastructure, and recommend wildlife crossing projects intended to promote driver safety and wildlife connectivity. The bill requires the Plan to be submitted to the Chairs of the House Committee

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HB 1677 Electric utility regulation; retail customer choice.

Introduced by: Mark L. Keam | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Electric utility regulation; retail customer choice. Replaces the Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act with a system under which retail customers will be able to purchase electricity from the retail electric provider of their choice. The measure requires each incumbent investor-owned utility, electric cooperative, and municipal electric authority by January 10, 2021, to file with the State Corporation Commission a plan by which it will separate its customer energy services business activities that are otherwise also already widely available in the competitive market from its regulated utility activities by September 1, 2021, and to separate its business activities into an electric distribution utility, an electric transmission utility, a power generation company, and a retail electric provider, or into a single electric transmission and distribution utility, by January 1, 2022. Such separation may be accomplished by creating separate investor-owned companies, cooperatives, or municipal electric authorities or through the sale of assets to a third party. The measure provides consumer safeguards, including requirements that a retail customer have the right to choose

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HB 1675 Siting of solar energy facilities.

Introduced by: M. Keith Hodges | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Siting of solar energy facilities. Requires any applicant seeking to locate a commercial solar photovoltaic (electric energy) generation or storage facility, or any portion thereof, on any census tract meeting the eligibility requirements for an opportunity zone as designated by the federal Internal Revenue Service to execute a siting agreement with the host locality in which the census tract is located, prior to the issuance of a permit by rule or certificate of public need. The bill

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HB 1664 Electric utilities; offshore wind development.

HB 1664 Electric utilities; offshore wind development. Introduced by: C.E. Cliff Hayes, Jr. | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Electric utilities; offshore wind development. Provides that, prior to January 1, 2034, (i) the construction or purchase by an electric utility of one or more offshore wind generation facilities located in federal waters that interconnect directly into the Commonwealth and having in the aggregate a rated capacity of at least 5,200 megawatts or (ii) the purchase by an electric utility of energy, capacity, and environmental attributes from offshore wind generation facilities

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HB 1656 Electric utilities; incentive programs for low-income customers.

Introduced by: Israel D. O'Quinn | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Electric utilities; incentive programs for low-income customers. Authorizes Dominion Virginia Power and American Electric Power to recover, through a rate adjustment clause, the costs of designing, implementing, and operating programs to provide incentives to low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals who participate in an energy conservation program, or to organizations providing residential services to such individuals, for the installation of, or access to, solar energy generating equipment. The measure also clarifies that these utilities shall submit a petition for approval to design, implement

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SB 1004 Wildlife Corridor Action Plan; road construction projects.

Introduced by: David W. Marsden | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Wildlife Corridor Action Plan; road construction projects. Directs the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in collaboration with the Department of Transportation and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, to create a Wildlife Corridor Action Plan (the Plan). The Plan shall identify wildlife corridors, defined as areas connecting fragmented wildlife habitats that are separated by human activities or infrastructure, and recommend wildlife crossing projects intended to promote driver safety and wildlife connectivity. The bill requires the Plan to be submitted to the Chairs of the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources by September 1, 2022, and every four years thereafter. The bill also provides that the Department of Transportation shall (i) include the impact on any wildlife corridor identified in

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SB 998 Offshore wind generation facilities; development of facilities.

Introduced by: L. Louise Lucas | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Offshore wind generation facilities. Requires the State Corporation Commission to allow Dominion Energy Virginia to recover all costs of certain utility-owned and utility-operated offshore wind generating facilities, including associated transmission and distribution facilities, and declares that these costs are reasonable and prudently incurred, if the utility (i) has commenced construction of such facilities for U.S. income taxation purposes prior to January 1, 2024, or has a plan for such facility or facilities to be in service prior to January 1, 2028, and (ii) demonstrates that it has utilized reasonable efforts to competitively solicit the majority of services and equipment associated with any such facility's construction, giving appropriate consideration to suppliers that have demonstrated successful experience on an offshore wind test or demonstration project off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline. The measure provides that such costs shall be allocated to all customers of the utility in the Commonwealth as a non-bypassable charge, irrespective of the generation supplier of any such customer. The measure requires the utility to (a) identify options for utilizing local workers, (b) consult with the Chief Workforce Development Officer, and (c) give priority to hiring local workers.

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SB 992 Carbon trading program; allocation of allowances; new facility.

Introduced by: Lionell Spruill, Sr. | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Carbon trading program; allocation of allowances; new facility. Directs the Air Pollution Control Board (the Board) to allocate allowances for three years to any electric power generating facility that was permitted prior to the June 26, 2019, effective date of the Board's carbon trading regulations. The bill requires an accounting comparison to actual emissions at the end of the three-year period and the allocation of further allowances pursuant to Board regulations thereafter.

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HB 1647 Electric utility regulation; third-party sales agreements; public generating facilities; net energy

HB 1647 Electric utility regulation; third-party sales agreements; public generating facilities; net energy. Introduced by: Jerrauld C. "Jay" Jones | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Electric utility regulation; third-party sales agreements; public generating facilities; net energy metering; community solar. The measure (i) authorizes localities to install solar-powered or wind-powered electric generation facilities and credit the electricity they generate to its metered accounts at the same rate that it would be charged for the power by the utility, (ii) authorizes third-party power purchase agreements for all customer classes throughout the Commonwealth, (iii) allows the tenant of a multifamily residential building or the owner of a condominium unit to buy electric power from renewable energy facilities installed by the owner of the rental units or common areas of the condominium, (iv) establishes a shared solar program that allows customers to purchase electric power through a subscription in a shared solar facility, (v) raises the cap for net-metered

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