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I am a passionate advocate for the environment and nuclear energy. With the threat of climate change, I’ve embarked on a mission to help overcome the fears of nuclear energy. I’ve been active in...

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"SPRINGFIELD (WREX) — The massive clean energy bill, which includes a plan to save the Byron Nuclear Plant from shutting down on Monday passes the House after an hours-long debate. The vote was 83 to 33.

Governor Pritzker said earlier Thursday that he would sign the bill, which was approved along party lines.

The bill provides $600 million over five years to bail out Exelon, which has struggled to compete with other carbon-free energy providers, like wind and solar. Exelon operates two nuclear plants in Illinois, one in Byron and the Dresden Generating Station in Morris, Illinois.

SB18 requires the closure of all private coal-fired and oil-fired electric generating units by Jan. 1, 2030 and required municipal coal, including Prairie State and CWLP Dallman, to be 100% carbon-free by December 31, 2045, with an interim emissions reductions goal of 45 percent from existing emissions by no later than January 1, 2035. The city of Rochelle is a co-owner of Prairie State.

Last Wednesday, the Senate approved the new version of the clean energy bill, also along party lines. Sen. Dave Syverson (R) Rockford, who voted against it, said last week that a plan to save the nuclear plants should not be lumped in with the clean energy bill."


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