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The Energy Bill is Not a Bailout

By Judd Gregg, Chair - Nuclear Matters  ·  Crain's Chicago Business  ·  

This legislation represents an investment in working families, new job expansion and our clean-energy future. It is decidedly not a bailout, as some have charged. The bill is the product of a more than two-year process that brought together a wide variety of typically opposed groups—more than 200—including business, labor, environmental and consumer organizations. Click here for more information.

Illinois Passes Huge, Bipartisan Energy Bill, Proves Democracy Still Works

By David Roberts  ·  Vox  ·  

The Future Energy Jobs Bill (SB 2814) is notable not only for its scale, but for the process that produced it. A wide variety of stakeholders were involved in negotiations, from utilities to environmental-justice advocates. The Illinois legislature is controlled by Democrats, but the bill passed on bipartisan votes in both houses and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed it into law on Wednesday. Click here for more information.

Editorial: Thanks for Creating Brighter Future for Illinois, Q-Cs

The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus  ·  

Not only will the Future Energy Jobs Act protect for at least a decade the thousands of jobs that would have been lost if Exelon had been forced to close unprofitable generating stations at Cordova and Clinton, state Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, called it “the most important green energy bill that has ever come before the General Assembly.” Click here for more information.

Why Future Energy Jobs Bill adds up to best deal for Illinois

The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus  ·  

But if Illinois lawmakers take a hard look at those competing claims to assess the true impact if Illinois lawmakers fail to act on the Future Energy Jobs Bill, we’re convinced they’ll reach the same conclusion we have: Our community, our state and our nation require swift approval of a well-crafted, comprehensive energy policy that serves the interests of all: Industry, ratepayers, taxpayers and the environment. Click here for more information.

Opinion: Energy Bill Would Benefit Illinois

By Rob Karr, President and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and Omar Duque, President and CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  ·  Chicago Sun-Times  ·  

For business leaders, securing competitive electric rates essential to the operation of our businesses is paramount. For that reason, we believe that the Illinois General Assembly should pass the Future Energy Jobs Bill (SB 2814) and Gov. Bruce Rauner should sign it into law. Click here for more information.

Letter: Illinois Can Still Save Nuclear

By Former Sen. Judd Gregg, R-New Hampshire  ·  Quad-City Times  ·  

Without these plants, the state stands to lose $1.2 billion in economic activity each year, and residents would see electricity rate increases. Plant closures would also eliminate more than 4,000 middle class jobs. I urge Illinois legislators to take note of these extensive benefits and enact legislation that encourages the continued operation of the state’s nuclear plants. Click here for more information.

Guest commentary: Nuke closures are not the answer

By Stanford L. Levin  ·  The News-Gazette  ·  

We need a realistic and cost-effective way to lower carbon emissions and meet a clean energy target, and we can't do this without maintaining our nuclear power generation. Indeed, new nuclear power plants are under construction in South Carolina and Georgia, and a new reactor is nearing completion in Tennessee. We shouldn't be prematurely closing other nuclear power plants. Click here for more information.

Let Nuclear Power Play a Role in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By Mark J. Perry  ·  The Hill  ·  

Notwithstanding opposition from anti-nuclear environmentalists, nuclear energy is too important to let slip away. It is vital to ensuring a dependable supply of electricity, helping to maintain a diverse energy mix that keeps electric rates as low as possible and ensures that consumers and businesses are not overly reliant on just one or two sources of electricity. Click here for more information.

These Two Huge States are Both Going Green. But Only One is Sticking with Nuclear

By Chris Mooney  ·  The Washington Post  ·  

“Maintaining zero-emission nuclear power is a critical element to achieving New York’s ambitious climate goals,” a statement from Cuomo’s office said. The new Clean Energy Standard includes a requirement that nuclear energy be valued in the marketplace for not producing carbon emissions, thus requiring utilities to pay for “Zero-Emission Credits” when using nuclear. Click here for more information.

Enough: General Assembly Must Act Now

By Editorial Board  ·  The Pantagraph  ·  

Our political leaders need to find a way to begin addressing the issues facing the state. The first of those is a budget, followed closely by workers compensation reform, returning more financial control to local governments, easing the burden on property tax payers, reforming the way political maps are drawn, keeping the jobs at the Clinton nuclear plant and reforming the pension system to lessen the burden on taxpayers. Click here for more information.

Letter: Make a Move on Rescue Plan

By James Hansen, President, Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions, and Michael Shellenberger, Founder and president, Environmental Progress  ·  Crain's Chicago Business  ·  

Time is running out. If Illinois legislators fail to act quickly to pass legislation, the state will lose 23 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources and carbon emissions will skyrocket the equivalent of nearly 2 million cars over the next two years due to the loss of two nuclear plants, Clinton and Quad Cities. Click here for more information.

Letter: Exelon Says It Has Been Transparent with Lawmakers

By Joe Dominguez, Executive Vice President, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, Exelon  ·  Crain's Chicago Business  ·  

Real power plants are losing money. They will close, and real people will lose jobs. The state's own reports show the closures of the Clinton and Quad Cities plants would cut 4,200 energy jobs in Illinois, eliminate over $1.2 billion in annual economic activity across the state and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in increased electricity rates. Click here for more information.

With Clinton Power Station Committed to Another Year, Lawmakers Push Nuclear Issue to the Forefront

By Gordon Woods   ·  Clinton Journal  ·  

Rep. Bill Mitchell and Sen. Chapin Rose have, for the past several months, worked to get the state government to recognize the importance of nuclear energy in Illinois. Now that Exelon has taken to committing Clinton Power Station to continued operation on a year-by-year basis, however, Mitchell and Rose feel themselves scrambling to achieve “green” status for Illinois’ nuclear energy industry before the Clinton plant runs out of extensions. Click here for more information.

Nuclear Energy Vital for Illinois' Businesses

By Omar Duque, President and CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  ·  The State Journal-Register  ·  

Illinois' fleet of nuclear power plants supplies almost half of the state's electricity. Keeping these plants operational is critical both for meeting our energy needs and for the health of state's economy. These plants are challenged because at both a state and national level we don't have a coherent energy policy that values the reliable, carbon-free power and the economic benefits these plants provide. Click here for more information.

Nuclear Energy: The Cornerstone of Illinois' Energy Future

By Rory Washburn  ·  The Dispatch - Argus  ·  

Given the state’s economic, labor and environmental challenges, common sense would dictate that Illinois should do everything it can to preserve these benefits and support the six nuclear plants in the state, as they provide stability in a time of uncertainty. But Illinois doesn’t appropriately value nuclear energy’s contributions and many of the state’s nuclear plants are on the brink of closing. Click here for more information.

Editorial: Yes, Exelon's power is green

Quad-City Times  ·  

Earlier this month, famed climate scientist James Hansen, a man widely credited for making climate change a household phrase, co-penned an open letter to Illinois lawmakers stating, “Do everything in your power to keep all of Illinois’s nuclear power plants running for their full lifetimes.” Longtime anti-nuclear activists are coming around after seeing the results in Vermont, where high-carbon power swept across the state after the 2014 closure of Vermont Yankee nuclear facility, a shuttering largely instigated by that state's eco-minded legislature. Click here for more information.

Illinois' Nuclear Dilemma Embroils Famed Climate Scientist James Hansen

By Dr. James Conca   ·  Forbes  ·  

Like the rest of America, Illinois is at a critical time in deciding its energy and environmental future. Failure to keep all of Illinois’ nuclear power plants running for their full lifetimes will result in more air pollution and deaths, will cause billions of dollars to be wasted, and will make Illinois fail to address climate change in any meaningful manner. Click here for more information.

Why Nuclear Energy Can Help Fight Climate Change

By Christine Todd Whitman, Former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency  ·  Fortune  ·  

Nuclear energy has been noted as a critical resource for meeting greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals both in the U.S. and internationally. In New York state, despite pushing for the closure of Indian Point, Gov. Cuomo’s administration has touted the importance of the state’s nuclear energy facilities in meeting its own climate change goals, with the chair of New York’s Public Service Commission going so far as to say losing upstate New York’s nuclear facilities would be “a truly unacceptable outcome.” Click here for more information.

Guest commentary: Let the Energy Markets Work

By Stanford L. Levin, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville  ·  The News-Gazette  ·  

First, solar and wind power benefit from a production tax credit, which is simply a subsidy based on the amount of electricity produced. Coupled with various state laws that effectively force grid operators to purchase electricity from solar and wind generation whether or not it is needed, greenhouse gases may actually increase. This is because solar and wind power is not always available, but the regulations are forcing always-on, emission-free nuclear power plants to close prematurely, even though they are still capable of generating electricity. As nuclear power is replaced by a mixture of solar and wind power, along with coal, gas or oil back-up power for when solar and wind power is not available, emissions actually increase rather than decrease due to the "clean energy." Click here for more information.

Nuclear Plants Contribute to Greener Energy Future

By Evan Bayh, Co-Chair, Nuclear Matters  ·  Philadelphia Inquirer  ·  

The common refrain we heard was that nuclear power is clean, safe, and reliable. In Pennsylvania, nuclear produces 93 percent of the state's carbon-free electricity. This is especially important for Pennsylvania as it works to meet the carbon-reduction goals set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which rightly emphasizes the need to move toward carbon-free technologies to preserve the environment. Click here for more information.

Nuclear Power is Key to Climate Change Effort

By William H. Miller, Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Missouri  ·  Columbia Daily Tribune  ·  

With five new nuclear plants under construction in the United States and a new generation of small modular reactors on the horizon, nuclear power is positioned to play a central role in the effort to achieve a low-carbon energy future despite a small but vocal opposition. Click here for more information.

Letter: Good time for Energy Policy Reforms

By Douglas O'Brien, Executive Director of the Illinois Clean Energy Coalition  ·  The State Journal-Register  ·  

The challenges to our nuclear fleet still exist, and we face questions about the future of other energy sources and uncertainty about the impact of new EPA emissions rules. Now is the time for Illinois' leaders to bring together all stakeholders to develop a consensus on energy reforms that improves competitiveness and properly values carbon-free generation. Click here for more information.

America Needs Its Nuclear Plants. Here's Why

By Former Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Judd Gregg (R-NH)  ·  CNBC  ·  

In Illinois, for example, a recent proposal for a low carbon portfolio standard (LCPS) represents the right sort of solution that is the first of its kind to value nuclear energy plants for their carbon-free attributes. The LCPS proposal would require the state's electric utilities to purchase a specified percentage of low carbon energy credits from sources that emit zero or low amounts of carbon dioxide, appropriately valuing nuclear power as a carbon-free resource, and ultimately, helping to preserve its nuclear plants and the benefits they provide. We're hopeful that this legislation can serve as a model for the types of policies and solutions that other states can look to when assessing how best to value nuclear energy plants. Click here for more information.

Local Officials Voice Support for Exelon Nuclear Plant

By Barb Ickes  ·  Quad-City Times  ·  

Officials from the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce said at a news conference Monday that they set up a meeting with Exelon representatives to talk about how best to support Exelon and make competition more equitable among energy providers. Local, state and federal elected officials joined the movement, along with representatives of labor and education. Click here for more information.

Illinois Nuclear Power Could Help Build Cleanest Energy Market in America

By Jim Conca  ·  Reboot Illinois  ·  

If you’re serious about climate change, direct pollution by fossil fuels, ocean acidification or any of a host of environmental issues, you cannot leave out the one energy source, nuclear, that has eliminated the most carbon emissions from America, has the safest track record of any American energy source, including wind, and has created the most highly-paid clean energy jobs in the country. Click here for more information.

Saving Nuclear Energy Plants Means Saving Jobs

By Sean McGarvey, president of North America's Building Trades Unions  ·  The Hill  ·  

Beyond the direct jobs that nuclear energy plants provide, they are economic engines in the local communities in which they operate. The typical U.S. nuclear energy plant has an average annual payroll of $40 million, generates about $470 million a year in sales of goods and services and annually pays $16 million in local and state taxes that benefit schools, roads, parks and other infrastructure that our citizens rely on every day. Click here for more information.

Letter: An Illinois Without Nuclear Power

By Sean McGarvey, President, North America's Building Trades Unions, Washington, D.C  ·  Chicago Tribune  ·  

These plants are premier employers that pay real middle-class wages, treat their workers well, pay taxes on time, and operate safe enterprises in their communities. They contribute $1.8 billion annually in economic activity and their operation results in about $1.4 billion in payroll for other industries each year. These are benefits that cannot be overlooked. Click here for more information.

Exelon Executive Defends Its Plan For Illinois Nuclear Energy

By William A. Von Hoene Jr.  ·  Reboot Illinois  ·  

Exelon is constantly investing in its state-of-the-art nuclear energy plants to add the latest technologies and keep them operating safely and reliably. We have invested more capital in some of our nuclear plants than the original cost to build them, and we spend nearly $1 billion per year on maintaining their safety and reliability. Click here for more information.

Exelon is Economic Engine for Illinois - and is Investing to Stay That Way

By William A. Von Hoene Jr.  ·  Crain's Chicago Business  ·  

That's why we are working with state legislators on a Low Carbon Portfolio Standard bill that preserves the jobs, economic and clean-air benefits those nuclear energy plants provide. This bill also will encourage development of new renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, in Illinois and nearby states to make up the full 70 percent low-carbon requirement. Click here for more information.

Low Carbon Standard Good for Economy, Environment

By La’Tisha Cole  ·  Belleview News-Democrat  ·  

Luckily a solution is on the table and is already supported by our state Sen. James Clayborne. It’s called the Low Carbon Portfolio Standard (House Bill 3293 and Senate Bill 1585) and is designed to help bolster our state’s renewable energy industry while maintaining low-carbon sources of energy such as Illinois’ nuclear energy facilities. Click here for more information.

Guest View: Nuclear Plants Provide Jobs, Clean Energy

By Chris Crane  ·  The Southern Illinoisan  ·  

Although Illinois’ nuclear plants are extremely well run, three of the plants are losing money every year, putting them at risk of being shut down. The consequences of closing these plants would be catastrophic for customers in southern Illinois and the surrounding region. According to the Illinois Commerce Commission and the grid operators responsible for southern Illinois, closing the Clinton Nuclear Power Plant alone would cause prices to spike by $240-340 million annually for families and business in southern Illinois and the region. Because Clinton is designed to serve southern Illinois for 30 or more years, the value at stake is in the tens of billions of dollars. Click here for more information.

Letter: Chamber Supports Exelon

By Scott J. VanDeWoestyne, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce  ·  Quad-City Times  ·  

Plants like the Quad-Cities Generating Station create half of Illinois’ energy and are part of the economic bedrock of their local communities. In the Quad-Cities alone, the plant employs nearly 800 people in stable, high-paying positions and provides nearly $7.5 million in state and local taxes. Losing these good-paying jobs, along with the economic activity and the tax revenue they support, would undoubtedly hurt our regional economy. Click here for more information.

Stand Up for Illinois Nuke Plants to Save Jobs

By Sean McGarvey, President of the North America's Building Trades Union  ·  Chicago Sun-Times  ·  

It is hugely important that Illinois’ legislators and voters alike understand the deep and broad-ranging value of nuclear energy, as well as the long-term economic ramifications of nuclear plant closures while considering the LCPS. Illinois simply cannot allow these economic powerhouses to close prematurely. Illinois’ state legislators should carefully consider how to ensure nuclear energy is part of the state’s energy future. Click here for more information.

Illinois Can Set Example for Low-Carbon Future

By Bernard L. Weinstein  ·  The Hill  ·  

Legislation has been introduced in both the Illinois House and Senate to establish the nation’s first low-carbon portfolio standard.  If adopted, it will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, encourage investment in renewable energy sources, hold down electricity costs for consumers and businesses, and keep the state’s clean, efficient and cost-effective nuclear power plants on line for decades to come, thereby ensuring long-term diversity and reliability of the state’s power grid.  What’s more, if the Illinois example is emulated by other states, America’s quest for a low-carbon future can become a reality. Click here for more information.

Low Carbon Standard Passes Ill. Senate Committee

Power Engineering  ·  

The Illinois Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee passed Senate Bill 1585, which establishes a Low Carbon Portfolio Standard. The standard would require utilities ComEd and Ameren (NYSE: AEE) to buy low carbon energy credits to match 70 percent of the electricity used on the power grid. It would allow all low carbon generating sources to compete equally, including wind, solar, hydro, clean coal and nuclear. Click here for more information.

Illinois Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Passes Bill Supporting Nuclear Energy Plants

Clinton Herald  ·  

“This legislation represents an all-of-the-above energy strategy that would make Illinois the national leader in low carbon energy,” said Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago. “In addition to supporting our nuclear plants and the many benefits they provide, the Low Carbon Portfolio Standard will create opportunities to continue to grow other low-carbon energy resources in the state, such as wind, solar, hydro and clean coal.” Click here for more information.

HICKS: State Must Keep Nuke Plants Open

By Jerry L. Hicks, LaSalle County Board Chairman  ·  The Times  ·  

As La Salle County Board Chairman, I know the direct, economic impact of our local nuclear facility. The La Salle County Generating Station has 800 employees with an annual payroll of $74 million, and a majority of these employees live in La Salle. They patronize local businesses, send their kids to local schools, and volunteer their time to help those in need. Click here for more information.

What’s the Future of Nuclear Power?

By David Hess  ·  World Economic Forum  ·  

Nuclear plants form the baseline of healthy power systems in countries lucky enough to have them. Their continuous reliable output helps to keep grids going largely irrespective of the weather and stable low production costs reduce consumer price volatility. Replacing them will almost certainly result in extra expense to consumers as adding new capacity incurs both a new capital and operating charge, while the existing nuclear plant need only cover any upgrades and ongoing production costs. Click here for more information.

Bipartisan Group Urges Illinois Governor and Legislature to Quickly Pass Nuclear Bill

By Jaclyn Brandt  ·  Fierce Energy  ·  

"Illinois needs an all-of-the-above energy strategy that will help reduce harmful air emissions, grow renewable energy and maintain our state's existing nuclear plants, which are our leading source of carbon-free energy," said Senator Mattie Hunter. "With a 70 percent carbon-free energy standard, this legislation would make Illinois the national leader in ensuring a clean energy future -- even ahead of other environmental leaders like California." Click here for more information.

Illinois Must Protect its Nuclear Energy

By Ron Kirk, co-chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition  ·  Daily Herald  ·  

Illinois' 11 reactors are economic engines for the state, injecting nearly $9 billion per year into the state economy and generating 28,000 direct and indirect jobs. Jobs in the nuclear energy industry pay 36 percent more than average salaries in the local area. Annually, the nuclear energy industry purchases more than $1.2 billion of materials, services and fuel from more than 6,500 companies in Illinois. Click here for more information.

Illinois' Role as a Nuclear Leader is in Jeopardy

By U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos  ·  The State Journal-Register  ·  

A report recently prepared at the request of the Illinois General Assembly found that Illinois would lose nearly 8,000 jobs and $1.8 billion in annual economic activity if just three plants close their doors. This not only confirms the value of the state’s nuclear plants overall, but also highlights the negative consequences that closures would have on the state and surrounding region.  Click here for more information.

Nuclear Energy Plants Well Worth Saving in Illinois

By Evan Bayh, Former U.S. Senator (D-IN)  ·  Chicago Sun-Times  ·  

The state of Illinois ranks first in the nation for carbon-free electricity generation. This is no small feat and is even more important in light of the Obama administration’s focus on cutting carbon emissions in the United States. In order for Illinois to continue to be a leader though, existing nuclear energy plants — which produce 90 percent of the state’s carbon-free power — must continue to operate. Click here for more information.

Letter: Nuclear Plant Important to Clinton

By Carolyn A. Peters, Mayor of Clinton  ·  The Pantagraph  ·  

Communities across America’s heartland are ravaged when heavy industry picks up and leaves. We cannot let this happen to Illinois’ nuclear facilities. On behalf of the residents of Clinton, I implore lawmakers to find a fair, workable solution that allows Illinois nuclear plants to compete on an even playing field with other emission-free energy sources. Click here for more information.

Nuclear Power Plant Closures Could Hurt Illinois Consumers

By Stanford L. Levin, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville  ·  The State Journal-Register  ·  

DCEO sets the tone for the report when it states that "Illinois' continued success depends on maintaining low and stable electricity prices – and those low and stable prices depend on the continued operation of all nuclear generating stations located in Illinois." Click here for more information.

The Future of Nuclear Energy in Illinois

Afternoon Shift - WBEZ 91.5 Chicago  ·  

Tomorrow at the City Club of Chicago, a group of panelist will discuss Illinois’s energy future. One person on stage will be Carol Browner, the former EPA administrator under President Clinton, who also served as director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy for two years under President Obama. She currently serves on the leadership council of Nuclear Matters, which is examining the challenges for nuclear energy in this country. Carol Browner joins us in studio. Click here for more information.

Editorial: Future of Nuclear Energy in Illinois Impacts All of Us

The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus  ·  

Finding a solution to the problem that keeps the three Illinois generating stations open and best protects the ratepayers and customers who rely on this essential contributor to the state's power grid will not be easy. But Exelon and lawmakers' careful approach to finding solutions that achieve such a delicate balancing act is encouraging. Click here for more information.

Need Reasons to Keep the U.S. a Nuclear Power Leader? Here are 123

By Adam Kinzinger, Congressman, Illinois' 16th Congressional District  ·  Crain's Chicago Business  ·  

Many people don't realize it, but Illinois is a nuclear energy leader. Argonne National Laboratory is responsible for the first nuclear reactor, and in the decades since, Illinois has continued to excel in nuclear technology. Nuclear power is critical to Illinois residents: It's responsible for 48 percent of the state's electricity, and the nuclear energy industry purchases more than $1.26 billion of goods and services from over 6,500 companies in Illinois. Click here for more information.

Closing of Nuclear Plants a Mistake

By Stanford L. Levin, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville  ·  Daily Herald  ·  

Nuclear power is by far the most environmentally friendly source of electricity. Nuclear plants produce no carbon emissions and are available about 90 percent of the time, including, most importantly, at periods of peak demand. Maintenance is generally scheduled when the plants are less needed. Click here for more information.

Letter: What's at Stake for Energy in Illinois

By Deanna Mershon, Executive Director, Byron Chamber of Commerce, Steering Committee, Illinois Clean Energy Coalition  ·  Rockford Register Star  ·  

The study shows that nuclear power in Illinois brings billions of dollars in positive economic impact and generates 48 percent of our electricity reliably and without producing carbon pollution. To keep businesses running and to meet new federal requirements for lowering emissions, we need a strong nuclear energy sector in Illinois. Click here for more information.

Letter: Exelon Doesn't Need a 'Bailout'

By William A. Von Hoene Jr., Senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer, Exelon Corp.  ·  Crain's Chicago Business  ·  

Illinois includes coal with carbon sequestration controls, hydro, wind and solar in its clean-air energy programs. The only zero-carbon resource excluded is nuclear energy, despite the fact that nuclear plants provide more than 90 percent of the state's zero-carbon energy. This becomes very important over the next several years, because Illinois soon must meet tough new EPA carbon-reduction goals that will require our state to use all the clean-energy sources in its arsenal. Losing several nuclear plants could more than wipe out all of the progress made over the past decade to increase zero-carbon energy production. Click here for more information.

Clean Energy in Illinois Depends on Nuclear Option

By Christopher Guith  ·  The State Journal-Register  ·  

Illinois’ largest source of emissions-free power is in jeopardy. While the Land of Lincoln has a diverse supply of energy sources, clean nuclear energy provides almost half of the electricity consumed every day. In addition to providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity, the 11 nuclear reactors at six facilities in Illinois directly employee thousands in high-paying jobs. Click here for more information.

Nuclear Energy Accounts for 28,000 Illinois Jobs Through Direct Employment and Indirect Economic Impact

By Lonnie Stephenson, International Vice President of the IBEW, 6th District  ·  Chicago Sun-Times  ·  

Nuclear energy accounts for 28,000 Illinois jobs through direct employment and indirect economic impact, according to a recent study by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). Those are engineers, technicians, and operators who support families and the businesses in their communities. The plants create nearly $9 billion in economic activity every year, the NEI said, and roughly $290 million in state and local taxes. Click here for more information.

Nuclear Energy Must Be Part of Climate Change Strategy

By Christine Todd Whitman  ·  The Boston Globe  ·  

"Nuclear energy already provides 64 percent of all carbon-free power to American homes and businesses, and it is no different in Massachusetts. Maintaining reliable power is vital to each of the 680,000 families whose homes are powered by nuclear energy in Massachusetts and surrounding states, and to everyone who enjoys the clean air in Massachusetts." Click here for more information.

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