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Legislative Proposal from the Virginia Solar Collaborative Raise the net-metering limit to 2,000 kW (from 500 kW) for non- residential customers under.

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1 Legislative Proposal from the Virginia Solar Collaborative Raise the net-metering limit to 2,000 kW (from 500 kW) for non- residential customers under the net-metering law in place Canon facility in Gloucester: more than 2,000 solar panels with a generating capacity of more than 500 kW

2 Net Metering in Virginia – how it works Install meter that measures 2-way flow of electricity. Customers are charged only for the “net” power that they consume from the utility that has accumulated over a designated period; or If their renewable energy-generating systems make more electricity than is consumed, they may be credited or paid for the excess electricity contributed to the grid over that same period.

3 Relevant parts of the law and regulations "Renewable energy" includes solar, wind, hydro-power, biomass, energy from waste, landfill gas, municipal solid waste, wave motion, tides, and geothermal power To be eligible the renewable generation must be “intended primarily to offset all or part of the customer’s own electricity requirements” The utility may offer the choice of an account credit in lieu of a direct payment. The customer owns the RECs (renewable energy certificates)

4 Potential benefits to localities by raising the eligibility cap on non- residential net metering ODU Student Rec Center: 600 solar panels with a generating capacity of approx. 125 kW Increases the pool of renewable energy projects that could utilize net-metering Provides greater financial incentive for building on-site renewable energy generation

5 SB 350 (Edwards) continued in 2014 General Assembly Virtual (aka aggregate) Municipal Net Metering Authorizes local governments to aggregate the electric load of their governmental buildings, facilities, and any other governmental operations for the purpose of net energy metering from a renewable energy generating facility

6 HRSD Atlantic Treatment Plant Location of two, 1100 kW methane engine driven generators Possibilities other than solar… Wind turbines Landfill gas Sewage treatment plants

7 Legislative Proposal from Virginia PACE Coalition (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Allow for PACE liens to have a status on par with tax lien assessments

8 How does PACE work? Under Virginia law localities have the authority create a clean energy loan program as a means of fostering the installation of renewable energy systems and/or energy efficiency improvements. Repayment on loans can be combined with billings for water and sewer charges or real property tax assessments and is applicable to both residential and commercial property. Allows for the cost of the energy improvements to travel with the property if it is sold over the period of the loan financing, thereby removing a key barrier for investment in renewable energy and energy efficient systems.

9 Hydraulic Fracturing – Taylorsville Basin Estimated 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas liquids - 37 million barrels 2½ times Virginia’s total annual consumption of natural gas By comparison there is an estimated 410 trillion cubic feet in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia Source: USGS

10 Shore Exploration & Production Company Texas-based w/office in Bowling Green CountyAcres Leased % of Total Leased Acres % of County Caroline40, % 11.6% Essex13, % 7.8% King and Queen6, % 2.9% King George10, % 8.5% Westmoreland13, % 8.4% Total:84, % of five- county area Essex County, Westmoreland County & Town of Kilmarnock have passed resolutions asking the Governor, Secretary of Commerce and Trade, and Secretary of Natural Resources to complete a joint report that looks at environmental, transportation, economic and regulatory issues pertaining to oil and gas drilling in the Tidewater region. More than 84,000 acres in leases to drill for natural gas

11 USGS/DEQ aquifer cross-section from Fredericksburg through King George, Westmoreland, Northumberland, and Accomack Counties. Taylorsville Basin Potomac Water Aquifer

12 SB 48 (Stuart) – Failed in 2014 General Assembly The bill as originally drafted would have prohibited drilling for oil and gas in the Easter Virginia Groundwater Management Area Amended to state applications for drilling cannot be approved by Virginia DMME until the review, and any necessary amendments to the water quality regulations, has been completed Passed Senate and failed in House Commerce & Labor Committee

13 Water Quality Funding The Rising Costs of Stormwater Pollution in Virginia

14 Stormwater Local Assistance Fund HB 5002 (House Budget) McAuliffe BudgetSB 5003 (Senate Budget) Grants to localities for stormwater improvements Allocates $30 million in GF dollars and $8 million in bonds in FY15 for the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF). Authorizes $20 million in bonding authority for SLAF grants in FY16. Authorizes $20 million in bonding authority for SLAF grants in FY 15 VA Stormwater Local Assistance Fund – SLAF SLAF grants provide 50% matching funds to qualifying locality projects that reduce stormwater pollution. The fund was created and seeded with $35 million in bond proceeds by the 2013 General Assembly. Local Governments awarded $22.9 million for stormwater improvements in FY 14.

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17 Helpful DEQ is authorized to use SLAF funds to develop better data to support local stormwater programs. Troubling Requires every locality with a SWM utility fee to report to DEQ: the programs funded by the fees; and the expected pollutants removed by each program. Other Budget Items …

18 City of Roanoke suggested amendment to policy statement

19 City of Roanoke – Floating Trash Booms Supports allowing localities the right to deploy water quality improvement measures in waters within their jurisdictional boundaries, in instances where no adverse impacts to the watershed or the navigability of the waterway can be readily documented. This would mean no prior review or approval by VMRC, DEQ, and/or the US Army Corps of Engineers. This has become a significant impediment in ongoing efforts to pilot test the deployment of a simple floating trash boom across a section of the Roanoke River or Tinker Creek. Where this practice has been done elsewhere, the collections of trash, litter, and other debris has proven substantial, resulting both esthetic and biochemical improvements, as well as a significant public education and awareness resource. At present this proposed practice is given the same prior review and approval treatment as substantial in-water work projects like dredging, bridge abutment construction, channel alterations, and the like.


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