Illinois House to decide fate of two carbon-free nuclear power plants
- Sep 8, 2021 5:50 pm GMT
The fate of one-fifth of Illinois power production hangs in balance as the Illinois House considers an energy bill Thursday (September 9, 2021) that could save two nuclear power plants from early retirement. The bill passed through the Senate on September 1, 2021.
On August 4, 2021, Exelon Corporation, the largest owner and operator of nuclear power plants in the United States, announced they will shut down two Illinois nuclear power plants this fall unless there is federal or state support to keep the reactors operating. The plants include Byron (2,500 MW) and Dresden (1,800 MW) Generating Stations. The plants account for nearly one-fifth of all electricity produced in the state. They have been tremendous contributors to the state's power grid for decades.
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