Virginia Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy:

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Renewable energy portfolio standard: Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 56-585.2

Small wind energy projects: 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 15-40-10 to 15-40-140

Small solar energy projects: 9 VAC 15-60-10 to 15-60-140

Small combustion energy projects: 9 VAC 15-70-10 to 15-70-140

Energy efficiency:

Virginia Energy Plan: VCA 67-200 to 67-203

Regulatory Agencies

Virginia State Corporation Commission Division of Energy Regulation

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME) Division of Energy

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Renewable Energy

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

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 ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements