Nuclear energy legislation gains steam across the country

Nearly 200 bills were introduced this year, twice as many as in 2022.
Reactor 3 is shown at Georgia Power’s Plant Volte nuclear power plant Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, in Waynesboro, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

State legislative interest in nuclear energy picked up even more this year, spurred by an interest in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and pursuing an all-of-the-above approach to energy independence.

Nuclear energy-related bills were enacted in 14 states, including in Colorado, Minnesota, Texas and Virginia. The measures include commissioning studies, repealing moratoriums, and incentives for nuclear workforce development. 

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