2 nuclear plants saved in energy plan set to go to Pritzker

Excelon Byron Generating Station – Studstill Media Photo

By JOHN O’CONNOR AP Political Writer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Illinois nuclear plants would be saved from closure and carbon-emitting coal plants closed in the next quarter-century in a clean-energy package the Senate approved. The action Monday to make Illinois carbon-free by 2045 now moves to a supportive Gov. J.B . Prtizker to sign it into law. The legislation would provide a $700 million subsidy to Exelon to keep open nuclear plants in Byron and Morris. It came on the same day Exelon had threatened to begin shutting down the Byron plant. State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) said “While I don’t agree with everything that is included in Senate Bill 2408, it does keep our nuclear plants online, saves thousands of Illinois jobs, and puts our state on a realistic path to 100 percent clean, carbon-free energy.”