Talk of closing nuclear power plants concerns local lawmakers

Talk of closing nuclear power plants concerns local lawmakers

Exelon is suggesting it needs more money from the state to keep running all of the nuclear power plants it has in Illinois. A recent state law puts a surcharge on electric bills to subsidize three Exelon power plants in the Quad Cities and central Illinois with $200 million per year. Crain’s Chicago Business reports the company may close the Byron, Braidwood, and Dresden nuclear power plants unless it gets similar help for them.

The earliest would happen at Dresden near Morris in the summer of 2021. The two reactors there are licensed until 2029 and 2031.

St. Rep. David Welter and St. Sen. Sue Rezin published a letter yesterday asking to meet with Exelon officials. The two lawmakers say nuclear energy is clean and reliable, and they want to preserve some 10,000 jobs directly and indirectly supported by the nuclear power plants that would be closed.