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Electric Power Supply Association Issues Statement on Nuclear Subsidy Schemes

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WASHINGTON, April 15 -- The Electric Power Supply Association issued the following statement by President and CEO John E. Shelk in response to orders from the U.S. Supreme Court declining to accept petitions for review of circuit courts of appeals decisions involving the New York and Illinois nuclear subsidy schemes:

"EPSA regrets the Supreme Court chose not to grant EPSA's petitions to review the appeals court cases involving the New York and Illinois nuclear subsidy schemes."

"The focus now shifts back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC joined a brief in the Illinois case filed with the Seventh Circuit on May 29, 2018 arguing against EPSA's claim for federal preemption of the Illinois law. FERC told the court that '[i]f such programs, in fact, impair FERC jurisdictional wholesale capacity markets, the solution lies with the Commission, not with the courts'."

"Even though one month later, on June 29, 2018, FERC determined state nuclear subsides and others impair the integrity of PJM's wholesale market, FERC has yet to fashion a solution. That is hardly what FERC told the court it would do to protect markets."

"The problem has only gotten worse since the June 29, 2018 order, with emboldened nuclear subsidy seekers now pounding on the doors of state legislatures in Ohio, Pennsylvania and again in Illinois for a second helping. FERC told the appeals court the solution lies with FERC; the time for FERC to live up to that promise is now."

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