Legislative Update – February 4, 2018

Our list of energy policy related bills submitted for Virginia’s 2018 Legislative session is updated here. Bills that have have failed are indicated by strike-through text.

At this point, close to one-third of the tracked bills have failed in one way or another. In broad terms, bills relating to topics such as renewable portfolio standards, expanding privately owned distributed generation, and putting a price on carbon are failing to move forward.

Two bills have passed floor votes.  HB 508 Solar facilities; local regulation passed the House and SB 902 Property tax; exemption for solar energy equipment and facilities passed the Senate. They next will cross over for consideration in the other chamber.

Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6 are shaping up to be significant days with respect energy policy in Richmond. The four bills shown in the below table have been engrossed by the Senate and will be voted on as early as Monday. In addition, the Senate Commerce and Labor Sub-Committee on Electric Utility is scheduled to meet on Monday and will address up to eight bills on energy, including the somewhat controversial bills proposed as a bi-partisan solution to the many issues surrounding Virginia’s energy future –  SB 966 and SB 967.

On the House side, 12 bills are on the agenda for the House Commerce and Labor Sub-Committee’s Subcommittee #3  The Commerce and Labor Subcommittee agenda is here.

Legislation Title
SB 179 Comprehensive plan; solar facilities
SB 378 Coal tax credits; reinstates Virginia coal employment and production incentive tax credit.
SB 429 Local regulation of solar facilities.
SB 894 Virginia Energy Efficiency Revolving



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