Electric utilities; municipal net energy metering. (SB1779)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utilities; municipal net energy metering. Directs the State Corporation Commission to establish a pilot program that affords the opportunity for any locality to participate in net energy metering if it is a retail customer of a certain type of investor-owned electric utility. In order to qualify for the program, the locality is required to own and operate a renewable generating facility with a generating capacity of not more than two megawatts that is located on the municipality's premises and is intended primarily to offset all or part of the locality's own electricity requirements. Under the pilot program, a municipal customer-generator that generates electricity in amounts that exceed the amount of electricity consumed by the municipal customer-generator, determined annually, to credit one or more of the municipality's target metered accounts in order that the generation energy charges on the electric bills of the target's metered accounts are reduced by the amount of excess generation kilowatt hours apportioned to the metered account multiplied by the applicable generation energy rate of the target's accounts. In Appalachian Power's service territory, metered accounts of the public school division of a locality may be target accounts. The amount of generating capacity of all generating facilities that are the subject of a pilot program are limited to (i) five megawatts if Appalachian Power is the pilot program utility, though the utility may increase the amount to up to 10 megawatts or (ii) 25 megawatts if Dominion Power is the pilot program utility. Such aggregated capacities of the generation facilities that are the subject of a pilot program constitute a portion of the existing limit of the utility's adjusted Virginia peak-load forecast of the previous year that is available to municipal customer-generators, eligible customer-generators, eligible agricultural customer-generators, and small agricultural generators in the utility's service area. The duration of the pilot program is six years. This bill is identical to HB 2792.


Bill Has Passed


01/18/2019Presented and ordered printed 19104691D
01/18/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/23/2019Impact statement from SCC (SB1779)
01/28/2019Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2019Committee substitute printed 19105883D-S1
01/30/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2019Impact statement from SCC (SB1779S1)
01/31/2019Read second time
01/31/2019Reading of substitute waived
01/31/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105883D-S1
01/31/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1779S1
02/01/2019Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Placed on Calendar
02/06/2019Read first time
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/12/2019Reported from Commerce and Labor (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2019Read second time
02/13/2019Read third time
02/13/2019Passed House (85-Y 12-N)
02/13/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (85-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1779ER)
02/18/2019Signed by Speaker
02/19/2019Signed by President
02/20/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 25, 2019
02/20/2019Impact statement from SCC (SB1779ER)
02/20/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 20, 2019
02/20/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/21/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 747 (effective 7/1/19)
03/21/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0747)