SPRINGFIELD, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- A new study from the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy looks at the power potential from nuclear energy and the economic advantages Virginia might get from the industry.
Robert Hartwell, a technology business consultant, and Donald Hoffman, chairman of the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority, wrote the study.
It says that nuclear power is safe and clean with low environment-damaging emissions.
Michael W. Thompson, chairman and president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute, said, "With continuing controversy surrounding oil, natural gas and coal production, nuclear power is an energy supply that should be, and could be, safely developed to meet much of Virginia's future electrical power needs."
The study says Virginia will need 4,000 megawatts of additional power by 2021, and a large amount of that could come from nuclear power.
According to the study, four new large nuclear power plants, in addition to existing nuclear plants, could provide all of that energy.
The Commonwealth currently imports more than 50 percent of its current power needs, second only to California for importing energy in the country.
In the United States, 20 percent of power currently comes from nuclear sources, while France gets 75 percent of its power from nuclear sources.