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Renewable energy pilot program for schools heads to Governor’s desk

HB 1451 (Sullivan) successfully passed the House and Senate and will now be sent to Governor Ralph Northam for signing.

Delegate Rip Sullivan’s bill directs Dominion Virginia Energy to conduct a pilot program under which any public school in the Commonwealth that generates more electricity from a wind-powered or solar-powered generation facility than it consumes in a billing period may either credit the excess electricity to the metered accounts of one or more other schools in the school division or be paid for the excess electricity at the contractually negotiated rate.  The pilot program will be capped at 10 megawatts in the aggregate.

HB 1451 saw widespread support from stakeholders and legislators alike, unanimously reporting out the House Commerce and Labor Committee and the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee and ultimately unanimously passing each full chamber. Governor Northam will now have until April 9 to act on HB 1451.

VACo Contact: Chris McDonald, Esq.

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