Advanced small modular reactors; Department of Energy to study development in the Commonwealth. (HB894)

Introduced By

Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Generation of electricity and energy development in the Commonwealth. Requires the Department of Energy, in cooperation with the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority, to convene a stakeholder work group to identify strategies and any needed public policies, including statutory or regulatory changes, for promoting the development of advanced small modular reactors in localities in the Commonwealth. The bill requires the Department of Energy to consider the economic development of rural Virginia while minimizing the impact on prime farmland a key priority in updating its Virginia Energy Plan. The bill requires the Virginia Cooperative Extension to develop and maintain a map or repository of prime farmland in the Commonwealth, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Department of Forestry, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Department of Energy. An initial report of such map or repository shall be submitted the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2022. Finally, the bill requires the State Corporation Commission to develop a program to encourage and expedite infrastructure investments by Dominion Energy Virginia or American Electric Power, in industrial sites determined to be relevant and in high demand by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. The bill requires such program to be implemented by December 1, 2022, and the Commission is required to submit a report including recommendations for such program by December 15, 2022, to the Governor and General Assembly. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103708D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Energy
01/25/2022Assigned sub: Subcommittee #1
02/03/2022Assigned sub: Subcommittee #3
02/08/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/08/2022Reported from Commerce and Energy with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2022Committee substitute printed 22106227D-H1
02/08/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/09/2022Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/11/2022Reported from Appropriations (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2022Read first time
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106227D-H1
02/14/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB894H1
02/15/2022Read third time and passed House (52-Y 47-N)
02/15/2022VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB894H1)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/18/2022Assigned C&L sub: Energy
02/23/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/28/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/28/2022Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2022Committee substitute printed 22107180D-S1
02/28/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
03/02/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB894S1)
03/03/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Read third time
03/04/2022Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107180D-S1
03/04/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB894S1
03/04/2022Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate substitute agreed to by House 22107180D-S1 (76-Y 21-N)
03/08/2022VOTE: Adoption (76-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB894ER)
03/10/2022Signed by Speaker
03/11/2022Signed by President
03/15/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB894ER)
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 488 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0488)

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