Permit by Rule for Small Renewable Energy Projects (Virginia)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Virginia

Applies to States or Provinces Virginia
Name Permit by Rule for Small Renewable Energy Projects (Virginia)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

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Last Review 2014-09-15


In 2009, the Virginia General Assembly enacted legislation directing the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to develop regulations for the construction and operation of renewable energy projects of 100 megawatts and less, to take the form of permits by rule (PBRs).The first permit by rule for wind energy projects was developed in 2009-10 and went into effect on December 22, 2010. The permit by rule for solar projects became effective on July 18, 2012. The proposed combustion permit by rule is undergoing executive review, which will be followed by a public comment period.

In addition to PBRs for wind, solar, and combustion-based resources, the 2009 statute directed DEQ to develop a PBR for water-related resources, that is, falling water, wave motion, tides and geothermal resources, if considered by the department to be necessary and appropriate. After careful consideration of the issues, the Water-Related Regulatory Advisory Panel recommended, and the DEQ director agreed, that it is not necessary or appropriate at this time and under current conditions for DEQ to develop a PBR regulation for projects that generate electricity from falling water, wave motion, tides or geothermal resources. The RAP further recommended that DEQ re-evaluate the potential need for a PBR regulation concerning these water-related resources in 2014, or sooner if circumstances or public requests so indicate.

Policy Contact

Department Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Address 629 East Main Street
Address 2 P.O. Box 1105
Place Richmond, Virginia
Zip/Postal Code 23218
Phone 804.698.4000
Phone 2 800.592.5482

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Va. Code 10.1-1197.6
Date Enacted 2009