One day after signing offshore energy bills, Gov. Bob McDonnell addressed petroleum executives in Richmond as he continues his quest to make Virginia a national player in the energy market.
McDonnell spoke Thursday at an energy summit sponsored by the Virginia Petroleum Council and the Virginia Manufacturers Association. He repeated his goal of making Virginia an energy capital on the East Coast and said the state is "open for business" when it comes to offshore drilling.
But the governor acknowledged the large task that lies ahead, with Virginia the No. 2 importer of electricity in the nation.
McDonnell stressed the offshore resources are only a piece of Virginia's energy puzzle. He said coal, nuclear, bioenergy and natural gas are all part of the mix.