Energy generators; streamlined permitting process for those qualified. (HB1443)

Introduced By

Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville) with support from co-patrons Del. Clarke Hogan (R-South Boston), Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), and Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-McLean)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Streamlined permitting process for alternative and renewable energy facilities. Requires the State Corporation Commission and the Air Pollution Control Board to develop procedures for the expedited review of applications for the construction of a qualified energy generator. The expedited procedures cap the permit fees at $50 and require processing of an application to be completed within 60 days. A qualified energy generator is a commercial facility located in the Commonwealth with the capacity annually to generate at least one megawatt of electricity, or its equivalent in fuel, steam, or other form of energy, that is generated or produced from solar photovoltaic technology, wind power, or biomass. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/15/2008Presented and ordered printed 080031536
01/15/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/25/2008Assigned C & L sub: 3 Energy
01/29/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1443)
02/05/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (19-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2008Committee substitute printed 080178638-H1
02/07/2008Read first time
02/08/2008Read second time
02/08/2008Committee substitute agreed to 080178638-H1
02/08/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1443H1
02/11/2008Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/11/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2008Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/11/2008Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/11/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2008Communicated to Senate
02/12/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2008Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/18/2008Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N)
02/19/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1443H1)
02/20/2008Read third time
02/20/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1443ER)
02/25/2008Signed by Speaker
02/26/2008Signed by President
02/28/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1443ER)
03/04/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 256 (effective 7/1/08)
03/04/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 258 (effective 7/1/08)
03/06/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0258)


Va. Conservation Network, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Energy - Oppose (provisional)