Energy Storage, Pumped Storage Hydro, Solar, Wind

Virginia Governor Approves Varied Renewable Energy Bills

By Editors of Power Engineering

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an array of bills that promote or impact the use of solar and other forms of renewable energy, the Fauquier Times reported.

These bills include:

  • SB 1393, which outlines regulations for the creation of community solar programs in areas served by the Appalachian Power Company, Dominion and the state electric cooperatives.
  • SB 990, which requires a state-produced annual progress report toward the state’s goal of reducing energy consumption in the state by 10 percent from 2007 levels by 2022.
  • SB 1258, which transforms the Virginia Solar Energy Development authority to the Virginia Solar Energy and Battery Storage Development authority.
  • SB 1394/HB 2303, which provides regulations for renewable energy generation and sale at agricultural facilities.
  • SB 1395, which increases the maximum size of renewable projects from 100 MW to 125 MW, though projects that sell to a single customer are exempted.  
  • HB 1760/SB 1418, which make it easier to approve pump storage projects.
  • HB2390, which creates a power purchase agreement program for colleges and universities served by Appalachian Power Company.