Electric utilities; net energy metering. (HB2547)

Introduced By

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) with support from co-patron Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utilities; net energy metering. Establishes requirements for net energy metering by electric cooperatives effective upon the earlier of July 1, 2019, or the effective date of implementing regulations by the State Corporation Commission. Instances where the new net energy metering program's requirements differ from those of the existing program include (i) the cap on the capacity of generating facilities, which will initially be two percent of system peak for residential customers, two percent of system peak for not-for-profit and nonjurisdictional customers, and one percent of system peak for other nonresidential customers; (ii) authorizing an electric cooperative to raise these caps up to a cumulative total of seven percent of its system peak; (iii) legalizing third-party partial requirements power purchase agreements for those retail customers and nonjurisdictional customers of an electric cooperative that are exempt from federal income taxation; and (iv) establishing registration requirements for third-party partial requirements power purchase agreements, including a self-certification system under which a provider is required to affirm certain information to Commission staff, under penalty of revocation of its registration. The measure authorizes the board of directors of an electric cooperative to adjust its rates, terms, conditions, and rate schedules governing net energy metering and prohibits a cooperative after the date of such an adjustment from collecting stand-by charges. The measure authorizes an electric cooperative to adopt a new rate schedule or rider containing demand charges based upon a net energy metering customer's noncoincident peak demand and provides for alternative caps on its net energy metering program. The measure authorizes a cooperative's fixed monthly charge covering the fixed costs of owning and operating its electric distribution system as an alternative to volumetric charges associated with demand and to rebalance among any of the fixed monthly charge, distribution demand, and distribution energy charges. The measure authorizes an investor-owned utility participating in the pilot program for community solar development to move the Commission to make its pilot program permanent. The measure also requires Dominion Power to (a) convene a stakeholder process, using an independent facilitator, to make recommendations to the utility concerning issues related to the implementation of advanced metering technology and related investments in customer information systems; (b) submit to the Commission for approval retail rate schedules designed to offer time-varying pricing; and (c) submit to the Commission for approval an incentive program for the installation of solar equipment for customers served under time-varying retail rate schedules that have advanced-metering technology equipment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103847D
01/09/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB2547)
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/2019Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #3
01/17/2019Impact statement from SCC (HB2547)
01/31/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2019Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Committee substitute printed 19105726D-H1
02/03/2019Read first time
02/04/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2019Read second time
02/04/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105726D-H1
02/04/2019Amendment by Delegate Hugo agreed to
02/04/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB2547EH1
02/04/2019Printed as engrossed 19105726D-EH1
02/05/2019Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/05/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/11/2019Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2019Read third time
02/14/2019Reading of amendment waived
02/14/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/14/2019Amendment by Senator Sturtevant agreed to
02/14/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/14/2019Passed Senate with amendments (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2019Impact statement from SCC (HB2547EH1)
02/15/2019Impact statement from SCC (HB2547H1)
02/18/2019Placed on Calendar
02/18/2019Senate amendments agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/18/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2547ER)
02/21/2019Signed by Speaker
02/21/2019Signed by President
02/22/2019Impact statement from SCC (HB2547ER)
02/28/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 28, 2019
02/28/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/21/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 742 (effective 7/1/19)
03/21/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0742)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 45 seconds.