Chesapeake PSR

Our legislative agenda in Virginia - 2018

Climate Change and EnergyTimothy WhitehouseComment

January 22, 2017

Chesapeake PSR is currently supporting the following bills in Virginia. This list may change as the legislative session progresses.

HB 1273 Va. Alternative Energy & Coastal Protection Act; regulations to establish carbon dioxide cap, etc.

This bill directs the State Air Pollution Control Board to adopt regulations establishing a carbon dioxide cap and trade program to reduce emissions released by electric generation facilities. The regulations are required to comply with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative model rule.

HB 1490 Fossil fuel projects moratorium; clean energy mandates.

This bill establishes a moratorium, effective January 1, 2019, on new electric generating facilities that generate fossil fuel energy, on new pipelines, and on import and export terminals for fossil fuel resources. It requires the state to develop a climate action plan by January 1, 2020. It also requires that not less than 80 percent of the electricity sold by a retail electric supplier in calendar years 2027 through 2034 be generated from clean energy resources and that in 2035 and all of the electricity sold by a retail electric supplier is required to be generated from clean energy resources. The bill defines clean energy as "energy efficiency, energy conservation, demand response, energy storage, and energy derived from solar, onshore wind, offshore wind, geothermal, and ocean tidal sources.

HB 963 Electric and natural gas utilities; energy efficiency goals.

Requires investor-owned electric utilities, cooperative electric utilities, and investor-owned natural gas distribution utilities to meet incremental annual energy efficiency goals to achieve energy savings. The utilities are required to submit energy efficiency plans to the State Corporation Commission (SCC), which may order changes to those plans.

HB 1141 Interstate natural gas pipeline; Virginia Water Protection Permit; regulations.

Directs the State Water Control Board, regarding interstate natural gas pipeline projects, to require both a Virginia Water Protection Permit and an Individual Water Quality Certification under § 401 of the federal Clean Water Act and provides that the Board shall not voluntarily waive its authority to require an Individual Water Quality Certification under § 401 of the Clean Water Act.

HB 1294 Interstate natural gas pipeline construction; water quality impact bond; statewide halt.

Requires any company that plans to construct an interstate natural gas pipeline in Virginia to post a performance bond with the State Water Control Board (the Board) in an amount sufficient to ensure that the Board could address and remediate any adverse water quality impact that arises out of the construction. 

HB 1188 Natural gas pipelines; contingency plan; operation; discharge; penalty

Requires the operator of any natural gas pipeline of a certain size, prior to operation, to commission an independent test of the quality of ground water for each property in the right-of-way and to file a gas discharge contingency plan that is approved by the State Water Control Board. The bill authorizes the Board to adopt regulations requiring testing and inspection of the pipeline and annual retesting of ground water at properties in the right-of-way and a demonstration of financial responsibility by the operator.

HJ 32 Coal dust blown from moving trains.

This resolution requests that railroad companies make available to the General Assembly, at least annually, information on actions likely to have an impact on coal dust blown from moving trains.

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