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LEGISLATION PROPOSED IN THE 2018 GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

 

HB 1202 Electrical transmission lines; approval of underground construction; pilot program.

Introduced by: Timothy D. Hugo | all patrons    …    notes add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Electrical transmission lines; approval of underground construction; pilot program. Establishes a pilot program consisting of the approval of the underground construction of two electrical transmission lines. As a part of the pilot program, the State Corporation Commission (SCC) is directed to approve as a qualifying project a transmission line that appears to track the I-66 Hybrid Route that has been considered in the application of Dominion Energy for the Haymarket transmission line project in Prince William County. The measure establishes criteria to be used by the SCC in approving the second project. The approval of a transmission line satisfies local zoning requirements. The SCC is directed to approve a rate adjustment clause to allow the utility to recover from the utility’s Virginia jurisdictional customers the costs of the project that are not otherwise recoverable under existing provisions. The measure directs the SCC to submit annual reports on the pilot program.

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  • 01/10/18  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104402D
  • 01/10/18  House: Committee Referral Pending

HB 556 State Corporation Commission; intervenor compensation.

Introduced by: Danica A. Roem | all patrons    …    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

State Corporation Commission; intervenor compensation. Establishes a process under which a public interest organization or a retail customer, including an entity representing retail customers, of a public service company is compensated for its expenses when it intervenes in a State Corporation Commission proceeding that is related to the public service company’s provision of utility service. Such intervenor’s eligibility for compensation is subject to a finding by the Commission that the intervenor’s participation in the proceeding made a substantial contribution to the adoption of the Commission’s order or decision, the intervenor’s participation in the proceeding without an award of compensation imposes a significant financial hardship, and the intervenor represents an interest material to the proceeding which but for an award of compensation would not be adequately represented.

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  • 01/08/18  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104194D
  • 01/08/18  House: Committee Referral Pending

SB 618 Expert witnesses; government officer and employees; fees.

Introduced by: Scott A. Surovell | all patrons    …    notes add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Expert witnesses; government officer and employees; fees. Provides that no officer or employee of the Commonwealth or of any locality or political subdivision thereof who is called to testify as an expert witness shall charge a fee for providing such testimony, whether at trial or in a deposition.

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SB 9 Electric utility regulation; suspension of reviews of earnings, transitional rate period.

Introduced by: J. Chapman Petersen | all patrons    …    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Electric utility regulation; suspension of reviews of earnings; transitional rate period. Provides that the transitional rate period for Virginia Electric and Power Company (Dominion) will conclude on December 31, 2018, and its next biennial review will be conducted in 2019. The transitional rate period for Dominion currently is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2019, and its next biennial review is scheduled to occur in 2022. The measure does not change the date Appalachian Power’s transitional rate period is scheduled to conclude (December 31, 2017), but does advance the year of its next biennial review from 2020 to 2018. During the first biennial reviews after the conclusion of the transitional rate period, the State Corporation Commission shall review the earnings of the utilities during the Transitional Rate Period and order adjustments to rates or credits to customers, if warranted. Pursuant to the 2015 legislation, the State Corporation Commission is barred from conducting a biennial review of the rates, terms, and conditions for any service of an electric utility during its transitional rate period.

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SB 10 Campaign finance; prohibited contributions to candidates.

Introduced by: J. Chapman Petersen | all patrons    …    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Campaign finance; prohibited contributions to candidates. Prohibits any candidate from soliciting or accepting a contribution from any public service corporation, as defined in § 56-1, or any political action committee established and administered by such a corporation.

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SB 11 State Corporation Commission; increases number of members.

Introduced by: J. Chapman Petersen | all patrons    …    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

State Corporation Commission; members. Increases the number of members of the State Corporation Commission from three to five. The measure requires that one of the new members be initially elected during the 2019 Session of the General Assembly and the other new member be initially elected during the 2021 Session. The measure also requires that persons elected to fill these two new positions be found, based on previous vocation, employment, or affiliation, to be qualified as a representative of the interests of the consumers of the Commonwealth.

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SB 12 Conflict of Interests Acts, State & Local Gov’t, & General Assembly; post-service restrictions.

Introduced by: J. Chapman Petersen | all patrons    …    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act and General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act; post-service restrictions. Extends the “revolving door” prohibition applicable to state officers and employees and members of the General Assembly. State officers and employees, as defined in § 2.2-3104, are currently prohibited from lobbying the agency of which they were an officer or employee for one year after the termination of public employment or service; the bill extends that prohibition to three years and further prohibits lobbying before the General Assembly during that period. Members of the General Assembly are currently prohibited from lobbying the General Assembly or any legislative agency for one year after the termination of public service; the bill extends that prohibition to three years.

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SB 13 State Corporation Commission; intervenor compensation.

Introduced by: J. Chapman Petersen | all patrons    …    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

State Corporation Commission; intervenor compensation. Establishes a process under which a public interest organization or a retail customer, including an entity representing retail customers, of a public service company that intervenes in a utility proceeding is compensated for its expenses. To be eligible for compensation, the Commission is required to find that the intervenor’s participation in the proceeding made a substantial contribution to the adoption of the Commission’s order or decision, the intervenor’s participation in the proceeding without an award of compensation imposes a significant financial hardship, and the intervenor represents an interest material to the proceeding which but for an award of compensation would not be adequately represented.

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Things to Think About:

My Six Cents on All the Razzmatazz
Where’s the Need?</> – August 7, 2017
Dominion-Amazon Haymarket site
Dominion haymarket-overview-aug2014-v6-w-row
Citizen Testimony to SCC:  Health Impacts: 
http://www.scc.virginia.gov/docketsearch/DOCS/391c01!.PDF

SCC Raising Questions about Wheeler and New Road Routes:

The SCC sent new interrogatories to Dominion on May 6, 2016 – referencing evidence submitted by citizens at the May 2 hearing, and exploring multiple route possibilities (for example Wheeler, New Rd.) besides the 5 routes Dominion proposed in their application.

READ IT!:  SCC 050616 Staff Interrogatories to DVP

PUBLIC TESTIMONIES:

Note:  We are NOT posting all public testimonies on our site.  You can access ALL public testimonies at the SCC site.  Click on the Documents tab at:  SCC Haymarket project site.

Here are a few that have been requested:

PJM reliability-analysis-update

Virginia laws, rules, procedures: