2022 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hodges
Rural EV-Tourism Network

Item 126 #5h

Item 126 #5h

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Commerce and Trade
Virginia Tourism Authority FY2023 $5,000,000 FY2024 $5,000,000 GF

Page 110, line 17, strike "$24,914,872" and insert "$29,914,872".
Page 110, line 17, strike "$23,914,872" and insert "$28,914,872".

Page 111, after line 52, insert:

"O. The appropriation in this item includes $5,000,000 in the first year and $5,000,000 in the second year from the general fund to be provided in the form of grants to electric cooperatives and others through and in coordination with the Virginia Tourism Corporation. The Corporation shall conduct a grant program, called the Virginia Rural EV Charging Network Program (the "Program"), to provide funding for electric cooperatives, any contractor to an electric cooperative, or any business located in cooperative service territory (with the consent of the cooperative), to establish, maintain, operate, own, lease, contract for, or repair electric vehicle ("EV") charging infrastructure, including direct current fast chargers, lines, poles, transformers, and other infrastructure, located within the certificated service territory of an electric cooperative. Utility ownership and operation of EV charging infrastructure as part of the Program is hereby authorized, and need not be further permitted, approved, certificated, or licensed, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Title 56 of the Code of Virginia or in any electric cooperative's articles of incorporation. The Program shall establish a network of chargers throughout rural Virginia, with at least three chargers in each cooperative's service territory and shall also establish and implement a marketing and awareness campaign to promote the use of the chargers in conjunction with the use of State Scenic Highways and Virginia Byways, Skyline Drive, state and national parks, and on or along other routes suitable for tourism. The State Corporation Commission shall establish guidelines to govern these grants in consultation with the distribution electric cooperatives, as appropriate. Notwithstanding § 2.2-4002, Code of Virginia, the provisions contained in this paragraph O. establishing the Program shall not be subject to the Administrative Process Act."


(This amendment provides $10.0 million over the biennium from the general fund to develop a network of EV charging stations throughout rural Virginia.)