Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin participates in a bill-signing ceremony at Energy DELTA Lab in southwest Virginia. (Photo: Christian Martinez/Office of Gov. Glenn Youngkin)
Declaring it a “great day for Virginia energy and American energy,” Gov. Glenn Youngkin on March 23 signed a number of bills to further his state’s all-of-the-above energy plan, including some measures sure to please nuclear energy advocates. Launched in October of last year, the Virginia plan touts nuclear among other energy sources and calls for deploying a commercial small modular reactor in southwest Virginia within the next 10 years.
“We can, in fact, make Virginia energy more reliable, affordable, and clean while creating jobs and spurring innovation, and today is a testament to that,” Youngkin said. “We're not just making southwest Virginia the energy capital of the commonwealth, we’re unleashing our rich, limitless potential to deliver for all. This is just the beginning.”
The following are the bills signed by Youngkin:
Words from the sponsor: “As American ingenuity and innovation discover new ways to power our economy, the energy revolution offers southwest Virginia an opportunity to lead,” said O’Quinn. “My bills to create the Virginia Energy Innovation Fund, establish the Nuclear Education Grant Fund and Program, and empower the Southwest Virginia Energy Research and Development Authority to promote novel energy projects and train our energy workforce in cutting-edge energy technologies, especially advanced nuclear applications, will help position southwest Virginia to be the center of future energy supply chains.”