VA Critical Infrastructure Sector Fuel

H.B. 1363 - U.S. Critical Infrastructure Sectors are dependent upon clean and reliable fuels such as certified natural gas, natural gas, propane, renewable propane, and, soon, hydrogen.  Clean fuels are essential to low-carbon and low-cost national defense, home heating, industrial processes, restaurant food preparation, commercial businesses, and electric grid stability.  For example, natural gas and certified natural gas are essential raw materials for manufacturing fertilizer and nylon (nylon is used to make everything from carpet to electric cars to wind turbine blades).  

Virginia's "critical infrastructure sectors" are the 16 economic sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof, as defined by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. 

To better understand these critical infrastructure sectors, the bill requires the Director of the Virginia Department of Energy to convene a work group to evaluate the Commonwealth's critical infrastructure sectors' (i) usage of fuel for energy and feedstock; (ii) impact on jobs, capital investments, and state and local revenue; (iii) impact on natural gas service and retail natural gas supply choice services; and (iv) impact if any public entity prevented them from acquiring these fuels.

Critical infrastructure sectors; Director of Dept. of Energy to convene a work group to evaluate.
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Continued to 2025 in Rules by voice vote
House • Feb 01, 2024
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