Virginia kicked off its second annual "Governor's Conference on Energy" in Richmond on Monday, October 19.

The conference brings together executives from utility companies, electricity providers and every other facet of the energy industry. Some of the key speakers include Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and the heads of Dominion Resources, Alpha Natural Resources and Huntington Ingalls Industries, according to The Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports that Thomas Farrell of Dominion spoke at length on the importance of creating a more comprehensive approach to the country's energy future, noting in particular the substantial limitations of renewable electricity.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell himself spoke on excessive federal regulation of the energy industry, which he believes has hampered the sector's growth in recent years, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Nonetheless, he seconded Farrell's opinion, suggesting the country needs a "comprehensive, red-white-and-blue American energy policy."

The conference runs through Wednesday, October 19, and will feature talks on the future of both traditional and alternative energy. Governor McDonnell has made energy an important part of his platform and Virginia actually boasts a substantial diversity of energy resources, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.