Virginia Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis
Virginia Energy: What you need to know
Governing Law and Regulations
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Renewable energy portfolio standard: Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 56-585.2
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Virginia state legislation has established renewable energy portfolio standard goals and provided incentives for utilities to achieve those goals. Virginia has also established a 10-year energy plan and permitting requirements for small wind energy projects.
• Administration and enforcement. The Virginia State Corporation Commission administers the state's renewable energy portfolio standard. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy prepared the Virginia Energy Plan and will likely require assistance from DEQ to achieve all the goals outlined in the plan. DEQ will oversee the permitting of small wind energy projects. The DMME is the regulatory authority for statewide gas and oil permitting and operations, including wells used for hydraulic ...