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Southwest Virginia Energy Research and Development Authority

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  • Description: Creates the Southwest Virginia Energy Research and Development Authority (the Authority) to promote opportunities for energy development in Southwest Virginia, to create jobs and economic activity in Southwest Virginia consistent with the Virginia Energy Plan, and to position Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth as a leader in energy workforce and energy technology research and development. The Authority will be composed of 11 nonlegislative members, of whom four will be appointed by the Governor, four will be appointed by the Speaker of the House, and three will be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. The Authority is charged with, among other tasks, (i) leveraging the strength in energy research and workforce development of Virginia's public and private institutions of higher education; (ii) supporting the development of pump storage hydropower in Southwest Virginia and energy storage generally; (iii) promoting the development of renewable energy generation facilities on brownfield sites, including abandoned mine sites; (iv) promoting energy workforce development; and (v) assisting energy technology research and development by promoting the development of a Southwest Virginia Energy Park.
  • Report Date: October 15th of each year
  • Expiration Date: July 1, 2029
Citizen Members:
Name Representing Appointed By Term
4 Citizens Governor  
Mr. Steve Breeding Senate Committee on Rules  
Mr. Travis Hackworth Senate Committee on Rules  
Ms. Marcy Hernick Senate Committee on Rules  
Mr. Dan Poteet Speaker of the House Expires 06/30/2023
Membership and Term Information:
Max # House: 0 Appointment Coincident With House Term? YES
Max # Senate: 0 Appointment Coincident With Senate Term? YES
Max # Citizens: 8
Max # Ex Officio: 0
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