About VNEC

VNEC Member Organizations

VNEC has secured commitments from twelve organizations to serve as members of the Consortium. They are:

  • Appalachian Power
  • Curio
  • Dominion Energy
  • Framatome
  • GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
  • Liberty University
  • Lightbridge Corporation
  • Newport News Shipbuilders, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.
  • NuScale Power
  • University of Virginia (UVA)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
  • Virginia, Tech (VT)

Each of these members is represented on the Board of Directors for VNEC. VNEC Membership is open to any organization that seeks to strengthen and advance nuclear energy in Virginia.

To speak with us about becoming a member, click here to get started.


In 2013, the Governor and General Assembly created the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority.

In accordance with the founding statute, 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 who support the advancement of the nuclear industry.

Our Mission

To sustain and enhance the Commonwealth of Virginia as a national and global leader in nuclear energy and serving as an interdisciplinary business development, research, training, and information resource on nuclear energy issues.

To fulfill this mission, VNEC seeks to promote the benefits of nuclear energy and opportunities available for public and private entities to develop partnerships to advance the industry and the  commonwealth.

Specifically, the VNEC has been tasked with:

  • Promoting and facilitating agreements to carry out research projects relating to nuclear energy, science and technology;
  • Identifying and supporting the development of education and training programs to meet the needs of Virginia’s nuclear industry, both for commercial and national security energy needs;
  • Encouraging, facilitating, and supporting the application, commercialization, and transfer of new nuclear technologies;
  • Providing public information and communication about nuclear energy and related educational and job opportunities.
  • Providing advice, assistance, and services to institutions of higher education and to other persons providing services or facilities for nuclear research or graduate education; and
  • Fostering innovative partnerships and relationships among the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth’s public institutions of higher education, private companies, federal laboratories, and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Assisting the Commonwealth’s Economic Development programs to bring nuclear-related businesses into Virginia.