Nuclear Powers Illinois
Illinois’ nuclear facilities are vital to the state and provide tremendous benefits to Illinois families and communities, including:
- Illinois' nuclear facilities generate 48 percent of the state's electricity.
- Illinois’ nuclear facilities are by far the state’s most reliable source of energy providing power 24/7/365.
- Illinois' nuclear fleet sets the world's standard for operating at 96 percent efficiency - during all seasons and weather conditions.
- Nuclear energy produces 90 percent of Illinois' carbon-free power and is key to moving Illinois to a clean energy future.
An October 2014 study from the Nuclear Energy Institute found that Illinois' nuclear facilities directly and indirectly employ 28,000 people and that they contribute substantially to local tax bases and the state’s economy.
Despite these clear benefits, some Illinois nuclear facilities face a perfect storm of counterproductive federal energy policies, market-distorting subsidies, and other economic challenges that threaten their continued operation.
A report released by the State of Illinois in January 2015 showed what is at stake for Illinois if just three of its six nuclear facilities close. The report found the following:
- $1.8 billion annually in lost economic activity.
- Nearly 8,000 jobs lost, many of which are highly skilled, good paying jobs.
- Economic damages associated with an incremental increase in the release of carbon dioxide emissions in a given year would range from $2.5 billion to $18.6 billion.
- Decreased reliability, leading to hundreds of millions of dollars or more in costs to construct new transmission lines.
- An increase of wholesale electricity costs in northern Illinois of almost 10%, or $437 million, in the first year, and an increase of up to $1.2 billion for the region including Ameren customers.
Our mission is to educate Illinois policymakers and residents about the clear benefits that the state’s nuclear facilities provide to the Illinois economy, environment and our electric grid reliability, and the costs to Illinois if these plants close early. Illinois has an opportunity and an obligation to implement policy solutions – consistent with competitive markets – that properly value the benefits of Illinois’ nuclear facilities and safeguard their continued operation.
Illinois must act to preserve its nuclear plants. Members of the Illinois General Assembly: Include nuclear power in Illinois’ energy future.