Expired, Repealed, and Archived Virginia Incentives and Laws
The following is a list of expired, repealed, and archived incentives, laws, regulations, funding opportunities, or other initiatives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, advanced technologies, or air quality.
The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) directs public utilities to evaluate time-differentiated rates and other incentives to encourage off-peak all-electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle charging. The SCC may authorize public utilities to conduct pilot programs to determine the feasibility and implications of offering off-peak rates and other incentives. Pilot programs may include voluntary load control options, rate structures with financial incentives, rebates, or other incentives that offset the cost of purchasing or installing electric vehicle supply equipment for users who elect off-peak rate structures. An electric utility that participates in an approved pilot program may be entitled to recover annually the costs of its participation in any pilot program conducted on or after January 1, 2011. (Reference Virginia Code 56-232.2:1)
Commonwealth agencies and institutions must procure only diesel fuel containing at least 2% biodiesel (B2) or green diesel fuel for use in on-road diesel internal combustion engines; this requirement does not apply if supply is not readily available or the cost of the fuel exceeds the cost of conventional diesel by 5% or more. The Virginia Department of General Services must establish conditions under which commonwealth agencies and institutions may procure these blended fuels, taking into consideration the availability of the fuel and cost of biodiesel compared to diesel fuel. (Reference Executive Order 19, 2010, and Virginia Code 45.1-394)
Virginia Dominion Power offers two rates for residential customers who own qualified PEVs, the Electric Vehicle (EV) Only Pricing Plan and the EV + Home Pricing Plan. The EV Only Pricing Plan allows PEV owners to take advantage of lower rates during off-peak hours. Under this plan, customers must install an additional meter specifically for their electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE); Dominion will provide this meter at no charge. The EV + Home Pricing Plan is a whole-house pricing plan in which the customer's EVSE is treated as another appliance. Dominion will provide a new meter at no charge to record energy usage in 30-minute intervals, allowing Dominion to apply pricing based on time of day and encourage customers to charge their PEV during off-peak hours as hours much as possible. Enrollment for PEV pricing plans is expected to end September 1, 2016, with programs concluding after November 30, 2018.
In 2012, Virginia joined Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to stimulate the production and demand for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) NGVs. The MOU aims to encourage OEMs to offer functional and affordable light- and medium-duty NGVs, aggregate state vehicle procurement through a joint request for proposals (RFP), boost private investment in natural gas fueling infrastructure, and encourage greater coordination between state and local agencies. In 2012, National Association of State Procurement Officials coordinated the solicitation of a joint RFP, which the Oklahoma Department of Central Services (DCS) issued on behalf of the MOU signatories and additional states. As a result, state fleets have access to more affordable NGVs through dealerships now included in state vehicle purchasing bids. For more information, including awarded vehicles by state and vehicle purchase information for state fleets, see the DCS Statewide Contract for NGVs solicitation page.
The Clean Energy Manufacturing Incentive Grant Program provides financial incentives to clean energy manufacturers, including biofuel producers. A producer is eligible for grant if it commences or expands operations in Virginia on or after July 1, 2011. Producers must make a capital investment greater than $50 million and create at least 200 full-time jobs that pay at least the prevailing wage. For more information, see the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy website.
Businesses involved in alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) and component manufacturing, alternative fueling equipment component manufacturing, AFV conversions, and advanced biofuels production are eligible for a job creation tax credit of up to $700 per full-time employee. The credit is allowed in the taxable year in which the job is created and in each of the two succeeding years in which the job is continued. Qualified AFVs include vehicles that operate using natural gas, propane, hydrogen, electricity, or advanced biofuels. This credit is effective for taxable years through December 31, 2014. For more information, see the Virginia Department of Taxation website. (Reference Virginia Code 58.1-439.1)
The following was repealed as a result of Virginia Department of Transportation action: The Alternative Fuels Revolving Fund is used to distribute loans and grants to municipal, county, and commonwealth government agencies to support alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) programs; pay for AFV maintenance, operation, evaluation, or testing; pay for vehicle conversions; or improve alternative fuel infrastructure. Eligible alternative fuels include electricity, hydrogen, and natural gas. Projects with a funding match are given priority in the evaluation process. (Reference Virginia Code 33.1-223.4 and 33.1-223.7)
The Virginia Universities Clean Energy Development and Economic Stimulus Foundation will identify, obtain, disburse, and administer funding for alternative fuel and related technology research, development, and commercialization. The funds may be distributed as grants, loans, or through other methods. (Reference Virginia Code 23-300 through 23-303)
Through the EV Project, ECOtality offers EVSE at no cost to individuals in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. To be eligible for free home charging stations, individuals living within the specified areas must purchase a qualified plug-in electric vehicle (PEV). Individuals purchasing an eligible PEV should apply at the dealership at the time of vehicle purchase. The EV Project incentive program will also cover most, if not all, of the costs of EVSE installation. All participants in the EV Project incentive program must agree to anonymous data collection after installation. Additional restrictions may apply.
The Virginia Offices of the Secretary of Administration and the Secretary of Natural Resources released a PPP solicitation outlining their interest in forming partnerships with and among alternative fuel providers, infrastructure developers, vehicle manufacturers, and other alternative fuel industry stakeholders to expand fueling infrastructure and to support alternative fuel use in the commonwealth fleet. By May 2012, the Virginia Department of General Services and the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy was required to make a recommendation on whether the commonwealth should establish more formal PPP agreements to accomplish the overall goal of transitioning commonwealth vehicles to alternative fuels. As a result of that solicitation, the commonwealth entered into contracts with two companies to provide compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane fuel, fueling infrastructure, vehicle conversions, maintenance and training. The governor also issued an Executive Directive to implement a plan for using the contracts to transition the commonwealth's vehicles from gasoline to CNG and propane. (Reference Executive Directive 5, 2012, and Executive Order 36, 2011)
Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) policies and procedures must include guidelines for the purchase of fuel-efficient, low emissions, commonwealth-owned vehicles, as well as guidelines for leasing vehicles that give a preference to compact, fuel-efficient, and low emissions vehicles. By January 1, 2012, DGS was required to establish a plan to replace commonwealth-owned or operated vehicles with vehicles that operate using natural gas, electricity, or other alternative fuels, to the greatest extent reasonable, considering available infrastructure, vehicle location and use, capital and operating costs, and potential for fuel savings. All commonwealth agencies and institutions must cooperate with DGS in developing and implementing the plan. (Reference Virginia Code 2.2-1176 and Executive Order 19, 2010)
Coulomb Technologies' ChargePoint America offers EVSE at no cost to individuals in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, including Northern Virginia. To be eligible for free home charging stations, individuals living within the specified area must purchase a qualified plug-in electric vehicle. Application information is available on the ChargePoint America website. In most cases, installation will be paid for by the EVSE owner; some cities, states, and utilities, however, will provide funding towards installation costs. All participants in the ChargePoint America program must agree to anonymous data collection after installation. Additional restrictions may apply.
State agencies are requested to implement the use of biodiesel fuels, where feasible, in fleet vehicles owned or operated by the agency. During the 2007 Regular Session of the General Assembly, the Secretary of Administration submitted House Document No. 18 to the Division of Legislative Automated Systems, which included an executive summary and report of each agency's progress related to biodiesel use. (Reference House Joint Resolution 148, 2006)
The Commonwealth of Virginia provides individuals, private entities, and corporations a state tax credit equal to 10% of the amount allowed as a federal tax deduction for clean-fuel vehicles and related refueling property (under Section 179A of the Internal Revenue Code). The tax credit was amended in 1994 to specify that it is for the purchase of clean fuel vehicles that are principally garaged in Virginia and for certain refueling property placed in service in Virginia. (Reference Virginia Code 58.1-438.1)