VA HB1664 | 2020 | Regular Session


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-0)
Status: Passed on April 22 2020 - 100% progression
Action: 2020-04-22 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1240)
Text: Latest bill text (Chaptered) [HTML]


Electric utilities; offshore wind development. Provides that the construction or purchase by a public utility of one or more offshore wind generation facilities located off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline or in federal waters and interconnected directly into the Commonwealth, with an aggregate capacity of up to 5,200 megawatts, is in the public interest. The measure provides that construction by Dominion Energy Virginia of one or more new utility-owned and utility-operated generating facilities utilizing energy derived from offshore wind and located off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline, with an aggregate rated capacity between 2,500 megawatts and 3,000 megawatts, along with electrical transmission or distribution facilities associated therewith for interconnection is in the public interest. The measure provides that the State Corporation Commission will determine the reasonableness and prudence of associated costs and will presume such costs to be reasonable and prudent if certain criteria are met. The measure requires the Commission to permit a portion of the nameplate capacity of any such facility, in the aggregate, to be allocated to (i) certain commercial and industrial customers or (ii) qualifying large general service customers, provided that no more than 10 percent of the offshore wind facility's capacity is allocated to qualifying large general service customers. 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 except for customers who are eligible for a Percentage of Income Payment Program, certain commercial and industrial customers, and qualifying large general service customers. The measure requires the utility to submit a plan to the Commission that includes the following considerations: (a) options for utilizing local workers; (b) the economic development benefits of the project for the Commonwealth, including capital investments and job creation; (c) consultation with the Commonwealth's Chief Workforce Development Officer, the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, on opportunities to advance the Commonwealth's workforce and economic development goals, including furtherance of apprenticeship and other workforce training programs; and (d) giving priority to the hiring, apprenticeship, and training of veterans, local workers, and workers from historically economically disadvantaged communities. The measure provides that any such project is required to include an environmental and fisheries mitigation plan submitted to the Commission for the construction and operation of such offshore wind facilities.

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Electric utilities; offshore wind generation facilities development.


Roll Calls

2020-04-22 - House - House: VOTE: (54-Y 37-N) (Y: 54 N: 36 NV: 9 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-04-22 - Senate - Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (29-Y 11-N) (Y: 28 N: 11 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-04-22 - Senate - Senate: Amendments specific and severable (39-Y 0-N) (Y: 38 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-03-05 - Senate - Senate: Senate receded from amendments (34-Y 6-N) (Y: 33 N: 6 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-03-02 - House - House: VOTE: REJECTED (40-Y 54-N) (Y: 40 N: 53 NV: 6 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2020-02-28 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (27-Y 10-N) (Y: 26 N: 10 NV: 3 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-26 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (Y: 37 N: 0 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-24 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (12-Y 3-N) (Y: 11 N: 3 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-11 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (65-Y 34-N) (Y: 65 N: 33 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-06 - House - House: Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (15-Y 5-N) (Y: 15 N: 5 NV: 1 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2020-01-30 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 4-N) (Y: 5 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]


2020-04-22 Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1240)
2020-04-22HouseEnacted, Chapter 1240 (effective 7/1/20)
2020-04-22SenateSigned by President as reenrolled
2020-04-22HouseSigned by Speaker as reenrolled
2020-04-22HouseReenrolled bill text (HB1664ER2)
2020-04-22 Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
2020-04-22SenateSenate concurred in Governor's recommendation (29-Y 11-N)
2020-04-22SenateAmendments specific and severable (39-Y 0-N)
2020-04-22HouseVOTE: (54-Y 37-N)
2020-04-22HouseHouse concurred in Governor's recommendation (54-Y 37-N)
2020-04-22HousePlaced on Calendar
2020-04-11HouseGovernor's substitute printed 20110090D-H2
2020-04-11HouseGovernor's recommendation received by House
2020-03-17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
2020-03-17HouseEnrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 17, 2020
2020-03-12SenateSigned by President
2020-03-12HouseSigned by Speaker
2020-03-12HouseBill text as passed House and Senate (HB1664ER)
2020-03-05SenateSenate receded from amendments (34-Y 6-N)
2020-03-05SenatePassed by temporarily
2020-03-02HouseVOTE: REJECTED (40-Y 54-N)
2020-03-02HouseSenate amendments rejected by House (40-Y 54-N)
2020-03-02HousePending question ordered
2020-03-02HousePlaced on Calendar
2020-02-28SenatePassed Senate with amendments (27-Y 10-N)
2020-02-28SenateEngrossed by Senate as amended
2020-02-28SenateAmendments #6-7 by Senator DeSteph agreed to
2020-02-28SenateAmendments #1-5 by Senator DeSteph withdrawn
2020-02-28SenateReading of amendments waived
2020-02-28SenateCommittee amendment agreed to
2020-02-28SenateReading of amendment waived
2020-02-28SenateRead third time
2020-02-27SenatePassed by for the day
2020-02-26SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
2020-02-24SenateReported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (12-Y 3-N)
2020-02-12SenateReferred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
2020-02-12SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2020-02-11HouseVOTE: Passage (65-Y 34-N)
2020-02-11HouseRead third time and passed House (65-Y 34-N)
2020-02-10HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute HB1664H1
2020-02-10HouseCommittee substitute agreed to 20107608D-H1
2020-02-10HouseRead second time
2020-02-09HouseRead first time
2020-02-06HouseReported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (15-Y 5-N)
2020-02-06HouseIncorporates HB1607 (Lindsey)
2020-02-06HouseCommittee substitute printed 20107608D-H1
2020-01-30HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 4-N)
2020-01-21HouseAssigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
2020-01-17HouseReferred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
2020-01-17HousePresented and ordered printed 20105316D

Same As/Similar To

HB1607 (Similar To) 2020-02-04 - Incorporated by Labor and Commerce
SB860 (Same As) 2020-04-22 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1273)
SB998 (Same As) 2020-04-22 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1279)

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