Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority

The Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority (VNECA) has been established for the purposes of making the Commonwealth a national and global leader in nuclear energy and serving as an interdisciplinary study, research, and information resource for the Commonwealth on nuclear energy issues.

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Under authority created by the legislature and signed into law in 2013, the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium (VNEC) was created to represent stakeholders invested in the development of nuclear energy. These stakeholders include the state of Virginia, institutions of higher education, nuclear energy companies, suppliers, and local organizations that support the advancement of the nuclear industry.

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The Critical Role of Nuclear Energy in Virginia’s Economy

Virginia is a leader in clean energy production with nearly 32% of the Commonwealth’s power coming from zero emission nuclear power. Operating at more than 95% capacity, nuclear generation provides reliable, inexpensive electricity to Virginia consumers and helps keep our energy costs low, making Virginia a competitive location for existing and new business. However, that is only the beginning of the story of nuclear energy in Virginia’s economy. A recent preliminary economic asset survey, produced by the Authority, reveals:

  • The nuclear energy sector is driving Virginia’s economy in every region, offering highly skilled jobs, supporting research and technology advancement and generating revenues at the state and local level.
  • Dominion operates four nuclear units in Virginia: two at the North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, and two at Surry Power Station in Surry County. In addition to their substantial contribution to Virginia’s energy mix, these four units collectively employ more than 2,000 professionals at an average salary of more than $80,000 per year. These four units supply the majority of Virginia’s carbon-free electricity and are substantial economic drivers for their host regions.
    • In October 2018, Dominion applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a 20-year license extension for its Surry nuclear power station and told the federal regulatory agency that it plans to operate the plant until 2053. The company has announced similar intention to file for extension of the North Anna nuclear power station in 2020.
  • Virginia is home to facilities and operations of half a dozen global leaders in the nuclear energy sector. They include Framatome Inc. (Lynchburg), BWX Technologies, Inc. (Lynchburg), NovaTech (Lynchburg), Bechtel (Reston), Dominion (North Anna and Surry) and Newport News Shipbuilding (Newport News).
    • In October 2019, Framatome acquired Christiansburg-based FoxGuard Solutions, a company dedicated to the field of integrated cybersecurity, industrial computing, and regulatory compliance solutions. FoxGuard will become Framatome’s center of expertise in cybersecurity for North America.
    • Also in October 2019, Framatome relocated its SPEC 200 manufacturing facility from China to Lynchburg.
    • BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) has been selected by NuScale Power to conduct the design for manufacturability engineering work for NuScale’s small modular reactor (SMR) nuclear power module.
  • Two major federal facilities located in Virginia – NASA Langley and the Norfolk Naval Shipyard – are active in research, development and the use of nuclear technology. Between the Naval Shipyard and Newport News Shipbuilding, the nation’s nuclear-powered Navy has its home in Virginia.
  • Dozens of other companies, located all across Virginia, provide services, supplies and support to these major Virginia facilities. Testing services, materials and supplies, security, engineering services and much more are provided to the industry by Virginia businesses.
  • These companies operate and employ Virginians in towns as diverse as Abingdon, Alexandria, Arlington, Ashland, Chantilly, Charlottesville, Chester, Colonial Beach, Fairfax, Goochland, Hampton, Lynchburg, McLean, Mechanicsville, Roanoke and Virginia Beach to name but a few.
  • Because many of these Virginia businesses have operations around the country and the world, it is difficult to determine total jobs and revenue numbers for Virginia alone, but it is likely the number exceeds 100,000 jobs across the Commonwealth and tens of billions of dollars that are tied directly to the nuclear energy sector. These generate substantial state and local tax dollars.
  • Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the University of Virginia (UVA) and Old Dominion University have established degree programs and research relationships to train the next generation of expertise and leadership needed to support the nuclear energy sector in the U.S. and around the world.
  • The universities, labs and industrial base in Virginia are involved in cutting-edge, nuclear-related research and development that will drive the Virginia nuclear economy of the future.
  • Virginia’s existing nuclear assets and capabilities make it a prime location for next generation reactors, and the Commonwealth and industry should work together to attract investment in those technologies.

Nuclear Industry, Education and Utilities in Virginia:  Asset Inventory List

Nuclear to Play Vital Role in Innovating Virginia's Carbon-Free Future

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Upcoming Meetings

VNECA Board Meeting Scheduled for October 25 at the
Libbie Mill Library in Henrico County

Monday, October 25, 2021
10 am -12 pm

The VNECA Meeting will take place in-person from 10am - 12pm on Monday, October 25 at the Libbie Mill Public Library* in Henrico County, Virginia (2100 Libbie Lake East St, Henrico, VA 23230). The library provides thermometers and questions for health self-screenings. Face coverings are required for all customers. Food is not permitted in the library at this time.

Town Hall Posting

Recent Meetings

Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority Meeting
April 29, 2021
9:00 am

April 29 Meeting Agenda
Final December 16 Minutes - approved by the board at the April 29 meeting
Draft April 29 Meeting Minutes
Meeting Recording

Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority Meeting
December 16, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

August 25 Final Meeting Minutes
December 16 Meeting Agenda
Town Hall Posting
Meeting Recording
December 16, 2020 Draft Meeting Minutes

Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority Meeting
August 25, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Meeting Details
Meeting Video
Final Meeting Minutes

Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority Meeting
March 4, 2020
VCU, East Engineering Hall
Room E3218
401 W. Main Street, Richmond VA

Parking: Lot JL, 200 W. Cary Street, Richmond
Parking Code: 35987
Dial-in Option: Phone - 866-845-1266, code 41103432

Meeting Details
Meeting Agenda
Meeting Minutes

Resource links

Materials from past meetings

2014 Virginia Energy Plan - Information and Public Input

Staff contact

Michael Skiffington
Director of Policy and Planning
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
(804) 692-3212