Number of nuclear bills passed drops after major push in past 2 years

Kentucky and Virginia enacted laws, and advocates are optimistic in a few more states.
Reactor 3 is shown at Georgia Power’s Plant Volte nuclear power plant Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, in Waynesboro, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Legislators in more than half of states considered nuclear legislation this year as they seek to expand their clean-energy portfolios, though fewer bills will be passed compared to the rush in recent years.

While laws were enacted in Kentucky and Virginia, it’s clear at this point in the year that there will be a significant dropoff from 2023, when 20 nuclear-related laws were enacted, and the 12 in 2022.

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