Agency 5 - STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION

  1. Chapter 10 - IN GENERAL (§ 20VAC5-10-10 to 20VAC5-10-20)
  2. Chapter 11 TO 199 - [Reserved]
  3. Chapter 200 - PUBLIC UTILITY ACCOUNTING (§ 20VAC5-200-10 to 20VAC5-200-50)
  4. Chapter 201 - RULES GOVERNING UTILITY RATE APPLICATIONS AND ANNUAL INFORMATIONAL FILINGS OF INVESTOR-OWNED GAS AND WATER UTILITIES (§ 20VAC5-201-15 to 20VAC5-201-110)
  5. Chapter 202 - REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE FUNCTIONAL SEPARATION OF INCUMBENT ELECTRIC UTILITIES UNDER THE VIRGINIA ELECTRIC UTILITY RESTRUCTURING ACT (§ 20VAC5-202-10 to 20VAC5-202-50)
  6. Chapter 203 - REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE SEPARATION OF REGULATED AND UNREGULATED BUSINESSES OF UTILITY CONSUMER SERVICES COOPERATIVES AND UTILITY AGGREGATION (§ 20VAC5-203-10 to 20VAC5-203-50)
  7. Chapter 204 - RULES GOVERNING UTILITY RATE APPLICATIONS AND ANNUAL INFORMATIONAL FILINGS OF INVESTOR-OWNED ELECTRIC UTILITIES (§ 20VAC5-204-5)
  8. Chapter 210 - WATER OR WASTEWATER UTILITY APPLICATIONS SEEKING FAIR VALUATION OF ACQUISITIONS OF MUNICIPAL WATER OR WASTEWATER SYSTEMS (§ 20VAC5-210-10 to 20VAC5-210-40)
  9. Chapter 300 - ENERGY REGULATION; IN GENERAL (§ 20VAC5-300-10 to 20VAC5-300-110)
  10. Chapter 301 - RULES GOVERNING THE USE OF BIDDING PROGRAMS TO PURCHASE ELECTRICITY FROM OTHER POWER SUPPLIERS (§ 20VAC5-301-10 to 20VAC5-301-110)
  11. Chapter 302 - FILING REQUIREMENTS IN SUPPORT OF APPLICATIONS FOR AUTHORITY TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE AN ELECTRIC GENERATING FACILITY (§ 20VAC5-302-10 to 20VAC5-302-40)
  12. Chapter 303 - RULES GOVERNING UTILITY PROMOTIONAL ALLOWANCES (§ 20VAC5-303-10 to 20VAC5-303-60)
  13. Chapter 304 - RULES GOVERNING COST/BENEFIT MEASURES REQUIRED FOR DEMAND-SIDE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS (§ 20VAC5-304-10 to 20VAC5-304-40)
  14. Chapter 305 - RULES FOR ELECTRICITY AND NATURAL GAS SUBMETERING AND FOR ENERGY ALLOCATION EQUIPMENT (§ 20VAC5-305-10)
  15. Chapter 306 - STANDARD FOR INTEGRATED FOR RESOURCE PLANNING AND INVESTEMENTS IN CONSERVATION AND DEMAND MANAGEMENT FOR NATURAL GAS (REPEALED) (§ 20VAC5-306-10 to 20VAC5-306-40)
  16. Chapter 307 - RULES GOVERNING THE SAFETY OF MASTER-METERED NATURAL GAS SYSTEMS (§ 20VAC5-307-10)
  17. Chapter 308 - RULES GOVERNING THE SAFETY OF INTRASTATE HAZARDOUS LIQUID PIPELINE SYSTEMS (§ 20VAC5-308-10)
  18. Chapter 309 - RULES FOR ENFORCEMENT OF THE UNDERGROUND UTILITY DAMAGE PREVENTION ACT (Part I to V)
  19. Chapter 310 - RULES FOR FILING AN APPLICATION TO PROVIDE ELECTRIC AND GAS SERVICE UNDER A SPECIAL RATE, CONTRACT OR INCENTIVE (§ 20VAC5-310-10)
  20. Chapter 311 - INTERIM RULES GOVERNING ELECTRIC AND NATURAL GAS RETAIL ACCESS PILOT PROGRAMS (REPEALED) (§ 20VAC5-311-10 to 20VAC5-311-60)
  21. Chapter 312 - RULES GOVERNING RETAIL ACCESS TO COMPETITIVE ENERGY SERVICES (§ 20VAC5-312-10 to 20VAC5-312-120)
  22. Chapter 313 - RULES GOVERNING EXEMPTIONS TO MINIMUM STAY REQUIREMENTS AND WIRES CHARGES (§ 20VAC5-313-10 to 20VAC5-313-40)
  23. Chapter 314 - REGULATIONS GOVERNING INTERCONNECTION OF SMALL ELECTRICAL GENERATORS (§ 20VAC5-314-10)
  24. Chapter 315 - REGULATIONS GOVERNING NET ENERGY METERING (§ 20VAC5-315-10)
  25. Chapter 316 - Regulations Governing Exemptions for Large General Services Customers under Section 56-585.1 A 5 c of the Code of Virginia (Repealed) (§ 20VAC5-316-10 to 20VAC5-316-50)
  26. Chapter 317 - RATES FOR STANDBY SERVICE FURNISHED TO CERTAIN RENEWABLE COGENERATION FACILITIES PURSUANT TO SECTION 56-235.1:1 OF THE CODE OF VIRGINIA (§ 20VAC5-317-10 to 20VAC5-317-50)
  27. Chapter 318 - RULES GOVERNING THE EVALUATION, MEASUREMENT, AND VERIFICATION OF THE EFFECTS OF UTILITY-SPONSORED DEMAND-SIDE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS (§ 20VAC5-318-10 to 20VAC5-318-60)
  28. Chapter 319 - REGULATIONS GOVERNING ACCELERATED RENEWABLE ENERGY BUYERS (§ 20VAC5-319-10 to 20VAC5-319-70)
  29. Chapter 320 - REGULATION GOVERNING TRANSFER OF TRANSMISSION OF ASSETS TO REGIONAL TRANSMISSION ENTITIES (§ 20VAC5-320-10 to 20VAC5-320-130)
  30. Chapter 325 - RULES FOR ENFORCEMENT OF section 56-257 OF THE CODE OF VIRGINIA (Part I to III)
  31. Chapter 330 - LIMITATIONS ON DISCONNECTION OF ELECTRIC AND WATER SERVICE (§ 20VAC5-330-10 to 20VAC5-330-50)
  32. Chapter 335 - REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEPLOYMENT OF ENERGY STORAGE (§ 20VAC5-335-10 to 20VAC5-335-130)
  33. Chapter 340 - RULES GOVERNING SHARED SOLAR PROGRAM (§ 20VAC5-340-10 to 20VAC5-340-110)
  34. Chapter 342 - RULES GOVERNING MULTI-FAMILY SHARED SOLAR PROGRAM (§ 20VAC5-342-10 to 20VAC5-342-100)
  35. Chapter 350 - RULES GOVERNING EXEMPTIONS FOR LARGE GENERAL SERVICES COMPANIES (§ A20VAC5-350-10 to A20VAC5-350-50)
  36. Chapter 355 - RULES GOVERNING OPERATOR'S RESPONSIBILITIES TO REDISTRIBUTE TOPSOIL (§ 20VAC5-355-10 to 20VAC5-355-30)
  37. Chapter 360 - LICENSED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER TO EXERCISE RESPONSIBLE CHARGE OVER CERTAIN NATURAL GAS ENGINEERING PROJECTS (§ 20VAC5-360-10 to 20VAC5-360-50)
  38. Chapter 400 - TELECOMMUNICATIONS (§ 20VAC5-400-10 to 20VAC5-400-190 to 20VAC5-400-200)
  39. Chapter 401 - RULES GOVERNING THE PROVISION OF NETWORK INTERFACE DEVICES (§ 20VAC5-401-10 to 20VAC5-401-50)
  40. Chapter 403 - RULES GOVERNING SMALL INVESTOR-OWNED TELEPHONE UTILITIES (§ 20VAC5-403-10 to 20VAC5-403-70:1)
  41. Chapter 405 - RULES FOR ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESS (§ 20VAC5-405-10 to 20VAC5-405-130)
  42. Chapter 407 - RULES FOR PAYPHONE SERVICE AND INSTRUMENTS (§ 20VAC5-407-10 to 20VAC5-407-70)
  43. Chapter 409 - RULES GOVERNING THE SHARING OR RESALE OF LOCAL EXCHANGE SERVICE (SHARED TENANT SERVICE) (§ 20VAC5-409-10 to 20VAC5-409-70)
  44. Chapter 411 - RULES GOVERNING THE CERTIFICATION OF INTEREXCHANGE CARRIERS (§ 20VAC5-411-10 to 20VAC5-411-90)
  45. Chapter 413 - RULES GOVERNING DISCONNECTION OF LOCAL EXCHANGE TELEPHONE SERVICE (§ 20VAC5-413-5 to 20VAC5-413-50)
  46. Chapter 414 - BAD CHECK CHARGES AND LATE PAYMENT CHARGES (§ 20VAC5-414-10 to 20VAC5-414-70)
  47. Chapter 415 - RULES GOVERNING TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICE [REPEALED] (§ 20VAC5-415-10 to 20VAC5-415-20)
  48. Chapter 417 - RULES GOVERNING THE CERTIFICATION AND REGULATION OF COMPETITIVE LOCAL EXCHANGE CARRIERS (§ 20VAC5-417-10)
  49. Chapter 419 - PROCEDURAL RULES FOR IMPLEMENTING sections 251 AND 252 OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996, 47 USC sections 251 AND 252 (§ 20VAC5-419-10 to 20VAC5-419-40)
  50. Chapter 421 - RULES GOVERNING EXEMPTION FROM PROVIDING PHYSICAL COLLOCATION PURSUANT TO section 251(c)(6) OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996 (§ 20VAC5-421-10 to 20VAC5-421-20)
  51. Chapter 423 - RULES GOVERNING THE DISCONTINUANCE OF LOCAL EXCHANGE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES PROVIDED BY COMPETITIVE LOCAL EXCHANGE CARRIERS (§ 20VAC5-423-10 to 20VAC5-423-90)
  52. Chapter 425 - RULES GOVERNING ENHANCED 911 (E-911) SERVICE (§ 20VAC5-425-10 to 20VAC5-425-50)
  53. Chapter 427 - RULES FOR LOCAL EXCHANGE TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY SERVICE QUALITY STANDARDS [REPEALED] (§ 20VAC5-427-10 to 20VAC5-427-170)
  54. Chapter 428 - RULES GOVERNING LOCAL EXCHANGE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIER RETAIL SERVICE QUALITY (§ 20VAC5-428-10 to 20VAC5-428-130)
  55. Chapter 429 - RULES GOVERNING COMPENSATION, NUMBERING, INTERCONNECTION, AND OTHER LOCAL INTER-CARRIER MATTERS (§ 20VAC5-429-10 to 20VAC5-429-60)

AGENCY SUMMARY

The State Corporation Commission discharges its responsibilities for the regulation of public utilities and telecommunications with the assistance of the Divisions of Utility Accounting and Finance, Energy Regulation, Communications, Public Service Taxation, and Utility and Railroad Safety.

DIVISION OF UTILITY ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE

The Constitution of Virginia vests in the State Corporation Commission the right of supervision, regulation, restriction and control over the power of public service companies to issue stocks and stock certificates or other evidence of interest or ownership; to issue bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness; and to create liens on their property situated within the Commonwealth. Code of Virginia, Title 56, Chapter 3. The State Corporation Commission is further authorized to exercise supervisory control over the relations of public service companies with affiliated interests. Code of Virginia, Title 56, Chapter 4. It may also approve acquisition or disposition of control of public utility and telephone companies' assets and securities. Code of Virginia, Title 56, Chapter 5. The commission is also authorized to fix pilotage rates. Code of Virginia, Title 54.1, Chapter 9, Article 5. For the commission's general authority to supervise public utilities, see the Division of Communications and the Division of Energy Regulation.

Regulations are available at the division's office located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, 4th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219. Internet address: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/division/pua/

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DIVISION OF ENERGY REGULATION

The Constitution of Virginia vests in the State Corporation Commission the duty of regulating the rates, charges, and services of natural gas and electric companies and, except as otherwise authorized, their facilities. Article IX, Section 2 of the Constitution of Virginia. By statute, the commission is also vested with general supervision of intrastate natural gas distribution and natural gas pipeline companies, companies furnishing water and sewerage, heat, chilled air and chilled water, and electric cooperatives. Its issuance of a certificate of convenience and necessity is requisite for construction and operation of certain facilities by electric, natural gas, water, and sewerage companies. With respect to all utilities under its supervision, it may (with some exceptions applicable to the rates of electric companies and cooperatives selling at wholesale) approve and alter existing and proposed rates, require provision of adequate and nondiscriminatory services, require reports, inspect records, hear complaints, and require corrective action. It may require extension of services and interconnection of certain services. It may mediate or resolve certain controversies between public service companies and mediate controversies between such companies and customers. Code of Virginia, Title 56, Chapters 1, 9.1, 10, 10.1 and 10.2:

1. It may determine appeals by public utilities from decisions of local governmental bodies respecting land acquisition in agricultural or forestal districts. Code of Virginia, Title 15.2, Chapter 43. It has established regulations governing submetering and energy allocation equipment by owners and managers of apartment houses, condominiums, cooperatives, office buildings, and shopping centers. Code of Virginia, Title 56, Chapter 10, Article 2.1. The commission may license natural gas and electric suppliers and govern the marketing practice of natural gas and electric suppliers. Code of Virginia, Title 56, Chapter 10. It is also charged with the regulation of investor owned electric utilities and cooperatives pursuant to Chapter 23 of Title 56 of the Code of Virginia. The commission also established Natural Gas Priorities and Rules governing the curtailment and allocation of gas supplies in Virginia under the jurisdiction of the commission.

The commission is also authorized to license dams and appurtenant works for generation of hydroelectric energy by public utilities subject to its jurisdiction. Code of Virginia, Title 62.1, Chapter 7.

Regulations are available at the division's office located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, 4th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219. Internet address: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/division/pue/

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DIVISION OF COMMUNICATIONS

Except as otherwise prescribed or authorized by the Constitution or law, the Constitution of Virginia vests in the State Corporation Commission the duty of regulating the rates, charges, services, and facilities of telephone companies. Article IX, Section 2 of the Constitution of Virginia. Its issuance of a certificate of convenience and necessity is requisite for construction or acquisition of certain facilities as well as for the operation of such facilities by telephone companies and interexchange carriers. It is responsible for implementing certain provisions of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, and for enabling, promoting, and monitoring the implementation of local exchange competition pursuant to §§ 56-265.4:4 and 56-481.2 of the Code of Virginia. The commission may determine telephone services of any telephone company to be competitive and provide for deregulation, detariffing, or modified regulation for such services pursuant to §§ 56-235.5E of the Code of Virginia. It may establish alternative regulatory plans for incumbent telephone companies pursuant to §§ 56-235.5 of the Code of Virginia, and an appropriate form of regulation for new entrants pursuant to §§ 56-481.2 of the Code of Virginia. With respect to all utilities under its supervision, the commission may approve and alter existing and proposed rates, prescribe depreciation rates for plant accounts, require provision of adequate and nondiscriminatory services, require reports, inspect records, hear complaints, and require corrective action. It prescribes and enforces service quality standards and monitors the service quality of certain telephone companies. Further, it may require extension and interconnection of certain services. The commission may determine certain controversies between public service companies and mediate controversies between such companies and their customers. Code of Virginia, Title 56, Chapters 1, 10, 10.1, 15 and 16. The commission may determine appeals by public utilities from decisions of local governmental bodies respecting land acquisition in agricultural or forestal districts. Code of Virginia, Title 15.2, Chapter 43. It regulates intrastate telephone service by pay telephone instruments. Code of Virginia, Title 56, Chapter 16.3. Regulations are available at the division's office located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, 9th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219. Internet address: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/division/puc

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PUBLIC SERVICE TAXATION DIVISION

The commission is charged with the administration of statutes imposing a state franchise or license tax on water companies, and formerly on gas and electric companies. Code of Virginia, Title 58.1, Chapter 26, Article 2. On January 1, 2001, the license tax on gas and electric companies was replaced by a consumption tax, which the commission administers. Code of Virginia, Title 58.1, Chapters 29 and 29.1. It is also responsible for administration of statutes imposing a tax on rolling stock of certified motor vehicle carriers and discretionary special revenue taxes on particular classes of public service companies and on the Virginia Pilots' Association. Code of Virginia, Title 58.1, Chapter 26, Articles 5 and 6. In addition, it is designated as the state agency to assess, for purposes of local taxation, the value of real estate and tangible personal property of public service corporations (other than railroads and pipeline transmission companies). Code of Virginia, Title 58.1, Chapter 26, Article 1 (implementing Article X, Section 2 of the Virginia Constitution); and Chapter 26, Article 5.

As of January 1, 2002, electric suppliers whose facilities have a capacity greater than 25 megawatts are required to report their property to the commission for assessment. Code of Virginia, Title 58.1, Chapter 26, Article 2. Companies subject to these provisions are required to report to the commission respecting receipts, property, or other basis for assessment of state taxes as well as respecting property to be valued by the commission for local taxation; for purposes of some taxes they must also file declarations of estimated tax if annual tax exceeds a prescribed amount. The commission may make its own assessment of values and receipts if a timely report is not filed. It may grant extensions of time and may review, adjust and correct valuations and tax assessments. Code of Virginia, Title 58.1, Chapters 20 and 26.

Regulations are available at the division's office located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219. Internet address: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/division/pst/

DIVISION OF UTILITY AND RAILROAD SAFETY

The federal pipeline safety statutes found at 49 U.S.C. § 60101 et seq. ("Act"), formerly the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act, require the Secretary of Transportation ("Secretary") to establish minimum federal safety standards for the transportation of gas and hazardous liquid and pipeline facilities. The Secretary is further authorized to delegate to an appropriate state agency the authority to prescribe safety standards and enforce compliance with such standards over pipeline facilities used for intrastate transportation.

The State Corporation Commission ("Commission") has been designated as the appropriate state agency for the Commonwealth of Virginia to prescribe and enforce compliance with standards for pipeline facilities used for intrastate transportation. The Commission has adopted Parts 191, 192, 193, 195, and 199 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations to serve as minimum gas pipeline safety standards ("Safety Standards") in Virginia. The Commission is authorized to enforce the Safety Standards for natural gas facilities under § 56-257.2B and for hazardous liquid under § 56-555 of the Code of Virginia. The division assists the commission in administering gas and hazardous liquid safety programs to ensure compliance with the pipeline safety standards.

The commission also enforces the provisions of the Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act ("Act") in conjunction with an advisory committee composed of representatives from commission staff, underground utility operators, the notification center, excavators, municipalities, the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Board for Contractors, and underground line locators. The reports of violations of the Act are investigated by the division. The investigation results, findings, and recommendations are presented to the advisory committee for review. The Advisory Committee makes enforcement action recommendations to the commission. The Act also authorizes the commission to certify the notification center in Virginia. The notification center is used by persons planning excavation or demolition activities to notify underground utility operators to mark their lines before excavation or demolition. Code of Virginia, Title 56, Chapter 10.3.

The Railroad Regulation section of the Division conducts inspections of railroad facilities including track and equipment to ensure safe operation of jurisdictional railroads within Virginia. (The Commission is also vested with the duty of regulating railroad companies to the extent provided by the Virginia Constitution., Art. IX, § 2.)

Regulations are available at the division's office located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, 4th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219. Internet address: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/division/urs

The regulations of the State Corporation Commission in this title are divided into the following divisions:

1. IN GENERAL (20VAC5-10)
2. DIVISION OF UTILITY ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE (20VAC5-200)
3. DIVISION OF ENERGY REGULATION (20VAC5-300 et seq.)
4. DIVISION OF UTILITY AND RAILROAD SAFETY (20VAC5-300 et seq.)
5. DIVISION OF COMMUNICATIONS (20VAC5-400 et seq.)

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