Southwest Virginia Energy Research and Development Authority; created, sunset provision. (HB2747)

Introduced By

Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Southwest Virginia Energy Research and Development Authority. Creates the Southwest Virginia Energy Research and Development Authority (the Authority) to promote opportunities for energy development in Southwest Virginia, to create jobs and economic activity in Southwest Virginia consistent with the Virginia Energy Plan, and to position Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth as a leader in energy workforce and energy technology research and development. The Authority will be composed of 11 nonlegislative members, of whom four will be appointed by the Governor, four will be appointed by the Speaker of the House, and three will be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. The Authority is charged with, among other tasks, (i) leveraging the strength in energy research and workforce development of Virginia's public and private institutions of higher education; (ii) supporting the development of pump storage hydropower in Southwest Virginia and energy storage generally; (iii) promoting the development of renewable energy generation facilities on brownfield sites, including abandoned mine sites; (iv) promoting energy workforce development; and (v) assisting energy technology research and development by promoting the development of a Southwest Virginia Energy Park. The bill has a sunset date of July 1, 2029. This bill is identical to SB 1707. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2019Presented and ordered printed 19104409D
01/17/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/22/2019Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #3
01/29/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2747)
01/31/2019Reported from Commerce and Labor (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/01/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/01/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2019Reported from Appropriations with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Committee substitute printed 19106386D-H1
02/03/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Read second time
02/04/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106386D-H1
02/04/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2747H1
02/05/2019Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/05/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2747H1)
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 amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2019Passed Senate with amendments
02/14/2019Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2019Read third time
02/14/2019Reading of amendments waived
02/14/2019Committee amendments agreed to
02/14/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/14/2019Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Placed on Calendar
02/18/2019Senate amendments rejected by House (0-Y 97-N)
02/18/2019VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Senate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Senate requested conference committee
02/20/2019House acceded to request
02/20/2019Conferees appointed by House
02/20/2019Delegates: Kilgore, Pillion, Torian
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: Chafin, Cosgrove, Saslaw
02/21/2019C Amended by conference committee
02/21/2019Conference report agreed to by House (100-Y 0-N)
02/21/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2019Passed by temporarily
02/22/2019Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2747ER)
03/07/2019Signed by Speaker
03/08/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2747ER)
03/09/2019Signed by President
03/11/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2019
03/11/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/18/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 555 (effective 7/1/19)
03/18/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0555)