Industry Sees 'Snowball Effect' in N.Y., Ill. Policy Wins· E&E News ·
Ultimately, legislative solutions could be similar to the zero-emission credit (ZEC) programs in New York and Illinois. Or they could involve including nuclear plants as a qualifying resource in renewable portfolio standards. Click here for more information.
Union, Chamber Upbeat About EffectsThe Times of Ottawa ·
By the end of spring, more than 7,000 outage jobs will have been created at Exelon’s Illinois nuclear facilities, providing good wages and bolstering local businesses during a typically slower period, according to the company. Click here for more information.
Exelon Plans to Add More Jobs After Almost Shutting Down· WQAD-8 ·
Exelon is looking to grow it's number of workers after the Cordova and Clinton nuclear plants almost shut down. Officials say they are looking to add around 100 permanent full-time jobs over the next coming months. Click here for more information.
The Energy Bill is Not a Bailout· 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· 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.
'Clean jobs' group applauds Rauner on Exelon· Daily Herald ·
Exelon says the law "safeguards the state's top source of clean energy, protects and creates thousands of jobs and strengthens the Illinois economy, while preserving competitive rates." Click here for more information.
Editorial: Thanks for Creating Brighter Future for Illinois, Q-CsThe 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.
Guest view: Exelon bill is a victory for Quad-Cities· Quad-City Times ·
The Illinois General Assembly reached agreement on the Future Energy Jobs Bill (FEJB). This legislation will expand energy efficiency programs, commit more funding for low-income programs, and ensure stable and predictable funding for the development of renewable energies, including new wind and solar. Click here for more information.
Illinois Sees The Light - Retains Nuclear Power· Forbes ·
The bi-partisan bill allows Exelon’s Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear power plants to remain open, saving 4,200 jobs and over 22 billion kWhs of carbon-free power each year, more than all of the state’s renewables combined. Click here for more information.
Why Future Energy Jobs Bill adds up to best deal for IllinoisThe 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.
Breaking: CUB throws support behind Future Energy Jobs Bill· Citizens Utility Board ·
We as a coalition are firmly committed to acting on the urgent need to create thousands of clean jobs and spur needed investment in the state, cut energy bills for consumers and respond to the growing threats of climate change. Click here for more information.
Report: Preserving Illinois Nuclear Plants Would Save Ratepayers $3 Billion Over Next Decade· Energy Manager Today ·
Continued operation of the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear generation facilities in IIllinois could save ratepayers $3.1 billion over the next decade, according to the findings of a study released on November 28. Click here for more information.
Opinion: Energy Bill Would Benefit Illinois· 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.
Editorial: Finally, an Exelon bill worthy of full supportQuad-City Times ·
Rock Island County can't afford the loss of 800 high-paying jobs. Its school districts can't bleed millions in property tax revenue. Illinois can't turn its back on a massive source of zero-emission energy. Click here for more information.
This energy bill has had a messy birth. But it might just deliver.· Crain's Chicago Business ·
While Illinois fights to keep companies in the state and to keep jobs open for business, pursuing this clean energy future would spur the creation of thousands of new jobs retrofitting schools, homes, and businesses and factories all the while improving our environment and keeping energy costs low. Click here for more information.
Illinois Community Still Struggling Nearly Two Decades After Nuclear Plant Closure· WQAD 8 - Quad Cities ·
The nuclear power plant once paid roughly $19.5 million in annual taxes, which supported schools, parks, libraries, and city and county services. Hill says the tax burden has now shifted to residents, mostly in the form of increased property tax rates. Click here for more information.
McGuire Tours Quad Cities Nuclear Plant, Applauds Efforts To Keep It OpenRock Island Today ·
“I applaud the efforts of some state lawmakers who realize the importance of the Exelon Quad Cities Nuclear facility and are looking to help keep the facility operational,” McGuire said. “I believe our state needs to do what it can, within its means, to keep the facility open.” Click here for more information.
Letter: Illinois Can Still Save Nuclear· 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.
Assuring Reliable Electricity Supplies for Central and Southern Illinois· The State Journal-Register ·
Illinois should adopt legislation to procure capacity in a manner that will keep existing electricity plants operating while creating an electricity market that will attract investment in new generating facilities. Click here for more information.
Letter: State should support Exelon, nuclear energy· The State Journal-Register ·
Nuclear energy is crucial to Illinois' economic future. Most economists and politicians agree that a federal low-carbon standard is inevitable. That means Illinois will need to reduce its carbon footprint and rely more on clean energy, such as nuclear. Click here for more information.
Guest commentary: Nuke closures are not the answer· 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· 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.
Clinton Pushing Energy Program To Save Power PlantFox 55/27 ·
City leaders are pushing an energy program in New York as a possible key to saving the Clinton power plant. Click here for more information.
Clinton Urges Lawmakers to Stick with Nuclear Energy· WJBC ·
Tim Followell applauds the New York Public Service Commission’s recent approval of a clean energy standard that includes nuclear power plants. Click here for more information.
Illinois Mayors, Community Leaders Cite New York Energy Model in Supporting Illinois' Nuclear PowerClinton Journal ·
Mayors and community leaders across Illinois sent a letter to Illinois’ Governor and legislative leaders urging them to follow New York’s lead in adopting a new energy program that will preserve the economic and environmental benefits of nuclear plants. Click here for more information.
Illinois Leaders Promote NY Energy Program as Model· Quad-City Times ·
A group of Illinois mayors and community leaders encouraged state lawmakers in a letter Tuesday to follow the lead of the state of New York, which has adopted a new energy program that will help preserve several of that state's struggling nuclear plants. Click here for more information.
Cuomo Accepts Nuclear Is Clean For Upstate New York· Forbes ·
If you care about climate change, and don’t just have an ideological stand on a particular energy source, then you know that we need all low-carbon sources, especially nuclear and hydro as fast as possible, to have any hope of reigning in the most adverse environmental effects of burning fossil fuels. Click here for more information.
These Two Huge States are Both Going Green. But Only One is Sticking with Nuclear· 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.
Our Views: Take Action on Clinton Power PlantHerald & Review ·
At stake in Clinton and Central Illinois are about 700 direct jobs, another 1,200 support jobs, 50 percent of DeWitt County's tax base and more than $13 million in local tax revenue to Pantagraph-area schools and local governments. Click here for more information.
Clock Ticking on Clinton Power Station· Herald & Review ·
If the plant shuts down, it would have beyond a devastating impact,” Durkin said. “I will do everything within my power to ensure we don't lose more jobs within the state. This is no time to continue on with that terrible trend. Click here for more information.
Letter: Emissions in Illinois will Increase if Nuclear Plants Close· St. Louis Post-Dispatch ·
Without these two nuclear power plants, emissions will increase in Illinois, whether replaced with gas or coal generation or with wind or solar power and the necessary gas backup. Click here for more information.
Letter: Clinton Power Station Should Remain Open· Herald & Review ·
It is hard to imagine the waste of a valuable asset on a greater scale than shutting down the Clinton Nuclear Power Station. Click here for more information.
How Not to Deal With Climate Change· The New York Times ·
The only countries that have successfully moved from fossil fuels to low-carbon power have done so with the help of nuclear energy. And the backlash against antinuclear policies is growing. Increasingly, scientists and conservationists in the United States are speaking out in defense of nuclear power. Click here for more information.
Enough: General Assembly Must Act Now· 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.
Clinton 'Jewel' Could Face Challenges if Plant Closes· The Pantagraph ·
We are already working on our strategic planning to figure out what services the community needs and what hours we would need to be open,” she said. “[The plant closing] is very likely going to change how we do things. Click here for more information.
Environmental Groups Change Tune on Nuclear Power· The Wall Street Journal ·
Some of the nation’s most influential environmental groups are softening their longstanding opposition to nuclear power, marking a significant shift in the antinuclear movement as environmentalists’ priority shifts to climate change. Click here for more information.
We Can't Give Up on Nuclear Plants: Kirk and Whitman· USA Today ·
The facts are clear: nuclear energy is the only large-scale, carbon-free electricity source. That means it provides clean energy 24/7 and in all kinds of weather. It annually prevents hundreds of millions of tons of carbon from entering our atmosphere. Click here for more information.
Guest View: Save Jobs, Protect Nuclear· Quad-City Times ·
When it comes to passing the Next Generation Energy Plan, the choice is easy. We urge Illinois legislators to take this important step to ensure that the state’s economy does not suffer and that residents have solid employment opportunities for years to come. Click here for more information.
Hundreds Travel to Springfield in Support of Cordova Nuclear Plant· KWQC ·
We have 800 employees here, the largest taxpayer in Rock Island County and a billion dollars in economic impact to the Quad Cities Region. So, we’re doing everything we can to protect the longevity of this plant. Click here for more information.
Policymakers Should Take Steps to Keep America’s Nuclear Plants Running· Morning Consult ·
Hopefully, last week’s DOE summit helps add to the growing chorus of voices that are recognizing that if we are serious about climate change, nuclear energy plants must be a part of our long-term energy mix. Click here for more information.
Editorial: Energy Bill Crucial to Jobs in IllinoisPantagraph ·
Illinois lawmakers need to take a hard look at pending legislation that could keep hundreds of well-paying jobs in the state and keep two communities from taking a tremendous hit to their pocketbooks. Click here for more information.
Letter: Nuclear Energy Action Needed Now· Quad-City Times ·
It is imperative that the Illinois General Assembly passes the Next Generation Energy Plan, which would properly value these two plants for the carbon-free energy they provide. Click here for more information.
Letter: Make a Move on Rescue Plan· 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: Loss of Plant Would Hurt County· Pantagraph ·
These plants are key resources of our economic and environmental health. We are asking lawmakers to seriously consider doing what is necessary to protect and invest in these plants as assets to keep jobs and the economy as strong as possible for local communities. Click here for more information.
Legislators Plead Clinton Nuke Case with Rauner· The News-Gazette ·
About a dozen community leaders from DeWitt County and the surrounding area met Thursday morning with Gov. Bruce Rauner at the governor's Capitol office, explaining how the loss of 700 jobs and the nuclear plant's assessed valuation would be harmful to the region. Click here for more information.
Letter: Nuclear Economy Needs Action· Quad-City Times ·
Nuclear energy supports 28,000 jobs across our state, jobs belonging to highly-skilled local workers. They shop in local stores, eat locally, and contribute to their local tax base. The economic benefits of nuclear energy to these communities are tremendous. Click here for more information.
Quad City Chamber Announces Support for Exelon Nuclear Energy· KWQC ·
The Quad Cities Chamber announced today its intention to support Exelon nuclear energy plants in the Quad Cities and Clinton, Iowa. Click here for more information.
Letter: Exelon Says It Has Been Transparent with Lawmakers· 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.
Rauner: Keep Nuclear Plants in State's 'Energy Mix'· Herald & Review ·
Gov. Bruce Rauner said Friday he hasn't had a chance to review legislation proposed to help financially struggling nuclear power plants in Clinton and the Quad-Cities, but he considers nuclear power important to the state's “energy mix.” Click here for more information.
Nuclear Energy Vital to Illinois' Energy Leadership· Daily Herald ·
If all of Illinois' nuclear energy facilities were to close, it would result in a 130-million megawatt-hour shortage of carbon-free electricity. This amount of electricity powers more than 12 million homes -- over twice the number of homes in Illinois. Click here for more information.
With Clinton Power Station Committed to Another Year, Lawmakers Push Nuclear Issue to the Forefront· 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.
Clinton Nuke Plant Closure Could Increase Electric Bills· WHOI-19 ABC News ·
“If we do nothing and Clinton's plant closes, the consumers in Illinois have to pay more for their electric bills," said Mitchell. "That will be a disaster." Click here for more information.
Nuclear Energy Vital for Illinois' Businesses· 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· 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.
If Clinton Plant Closes, What Happens to the Lake?· Bloomington Pantagraph ·
Under federal law, nuclear reactors that are decommissioned must be returned to “greenfield” status within 60 years. Also under federal law, “greenfield status” is defined as an end point where a parcel of land that had been in industrial use is restored to the conditions existing before the plant's construction. Click here for more information.
Power Play: Clinton Officials Worry About Nuclear Plant's Future· Bloomington Pantagraph ·
Clinton Chamber of Commerce Director Marian Brisard thinks the time has arrived for DeWitt County residents to change their mindset from wondering if the Clinton Power Station will close, to when it will close. Click here for more information.
Showdown: Lack of State Action Puts Nuclear Plant at Risk· Bloomington Pantagraph ·
Without help from Springfield, contends Exelon, it's questionable the plant that employs about 700 workers and pumps $63 million in payroll dollars into the area annually will remain open. Click here for more information.
Wis. Plant Offers View of Impact if Facility Closes· Bloomington Pantagraph ·
The abrupt shutdown of the Kewaunee nuclear power plant in 2012 stunned local residents and created financial aftershocks that could cripple the community in northeastern Wisconsin for decades to come. Click here for more information.
Letter: Save The Jobs· Chicago Sun-Times ·
I urge the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Rauner to adopt energy policy reform legislation to level the playing field, preserve our state’s nuclear plants, and protect the economic benefits these plants generate for Illinois. Click here for more information.
Reducing Carbon Emissions the Right Way· The News-Gazette ·
Nuclear power, by contrast, emits no carbon and is always available, and nuclear-generating facilities are extremely reliable, being available over 90 percent, and often over 95 percent, of the time. Click here for more information.
Mitchell Calls for Legislative Help for Clinton Nuclear Plant· WJBC AM1230 ·
“If you remove nuclear power, you are going to see you electric bills go sky high,” Mitchell said. “In the next six weeks, the Illinois General Assembly must get down to business and pass a bill to make sure Clinton power plant stays in business and thrives.” Click here for more information.
Editorial: Yes, Exelon's power is greenQuad-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.
Environmental Group Urges Ill. Legislators to Save Nuclear Plants· RTO Insider ·
A coalition of scientists and environmentalists last week published an open letter to Illinois legislators, urging them to keep all of the state’s nuclear plants operating for their full lifetimes. Click here for more information.
Illinois' Nuclear Dilemma Embroils Famed Climate Scientist James Hansen· 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.
Treat Solar, Wind and Nuclear Fairly & Equally· ·
Illinois is at an urgent juncture. Failure to keep all of Illinois’ nuclear power plants running for the full lifetimes will result in more air pollution, and further cause Illinois to underperform on climate. Action now would establish all of you as leaders in safeguarding clean air today and the climate for future generations. Click here for more information.
A Novel Nuclear Option· The Hill ·
Nuclear power is not only non-carbon-emitting. It is reliable and it adds diversity to our electric-generating mix. Click here for more information.
Nuclear Energy Deserves Support· The Columbus Dispatch ·
While policy solutions to keep our existing nuclear energy plants open will vary, it is critical that policymakers implement solutions to preserve these facilities. Click here for more information.
Why Nuclear Energy Can Help Fight Climate Change· 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· 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· 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· 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.
Why Closing Nuclear Power Plants Is Short-Sighted· The Wall Street Journal ·
Making matters worse, poorly structured electricity markets are putting at risk other well-operated, proven nuclear-energy facilities in New York, Ohio, Illinois and other states. Once closed, these plants won’t reopen. We must act now before it is too late. Click here for more information.
Letter: Good time for Energy Policy Reforms· 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.
View from QCA: More than Q-C Station at risk in energy debate· The Dispatch - Argus ·
The crisis we face involving the future of the Quad Cities Nuclear Generating Station has many components. Locally, the future of 800 jobs and millions in economic activity hang in the balance, while consumer prices and reliability across the state would be negatively impacted if the plant were to close. Click here for more information.
America Needs Its Nuclear Plants. Here's Why· 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.
New Plan Will Help Ensure Reliable Power· Daily Herald ·
Reliability is the bedrock of our commitment to customers, and we have a responsibility to ensure a dependable electric supply today and into the future. Now is an opportune time to implement these reforms for a more reliable grid that will keep homes lit and warm, businesses running, and our economy growing. Click here for more information.
Local Leaders Join Fight to Keep Cordova Nuclear Plant Open· WQAD 8 - Quad Cities ·
“The leadership responds when there is a call for action, and so, we’re going to be part of that call for action,” said Paul Rumler, chief economic development officer for the Quad Cities Chamber. Click here for more information.
Local Officials Voice Support for Exelon Nuclear Plant· 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.
Closing of Nuclear Plant Would Hurt Ameren Illinois Customers· St. Louis Post-Dispatch ·
The Illinois Environmental Protection agency estimates that replacing the always-on zero emissions nuclear plants with wind power that generates only 25 percent of its potential and needs gas or coal backup generation for the rest of the time will increase carbon emissions, costing society up to $18.6 billion. Click here for more information.
Illinois Nuclear Power Could Help Build Cleanest Energy Market in America· 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.
Letter: Protect Illinois Nuclear Industry· Quad-City Times ·
Quad Cities cannot afford the premature closure of this power plant and all the economic benefits that come with it. It is critically important that lawmakers enact the Low Carbon Portfolio Standard. This plan is good for our environment, good for our economy, and good for the future growth of the Quad-Cities region. Click here for more information.
Nuclear Energy Must Be Part of Climate Discussion· The State Journal-Register ·
Decisions made today will determine if Illinois will be operating carbon-free by 2030 while growing its economy. We must make the strongest choice for nuclear energy so Illinois is poised for continued economic and environmental success. Click here for more information.
Saving Nuclear Energy Plants Means Saving Jobs· 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.
Jobs, Environment Speak to Need to Protect Nuclear Power· Daily Herald ·
One of the Illinois bills, the Low Carbon Portfolio Standard (LCPS), aims to curtail greenhouse gas emissions at least cost. The bill recognizes the contribution of nuclear power to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Click here for more information.
Exelon Supporters Assemble in Springfield Rally· The Dispatch - Argus ·
"The Illinois nuclear power plants produce half of the electricity needed in the state every day, 365 days a year," said Mr. Stoermer. "Healthy competition has helped keep utility bills low and made power generators more efficient in Illinois – which has been good for the consumers." Click here for more information.
Nuclear Power Plant Supporters Rally in Springfield· The Southern Illinoisan ·
“We’re talking about almost 8,000 job losses alone if these plants close,” said Michael Carrigan of Decatur, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO. “Our current energy policies don’t properly value the jobs, the reliability, the energy diversity and the carbon-free power that nuclear energy provides.” Click here for more information.
Letter: An Illinois Without Nuclear Power· 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.
Letter: Exelon is Keeping Jobs, Not Stifling Competition· Chicago Tribune ·
It’s worth noting that the LCPS also provides a consumer rebate if energy prices go above an agreed-upon level. We stand ready to work together with state leaders to decide what that limit should be. Click here for more information.
Exelon a Vital Economic Engine in Illinois· The News-Gazette ·
These plants produce nearly half of the state's total electricity and 90 percent of its carbon-free power and are responsible for nearly $9 billion injected into the Illinois economy annually and 28,000 direct and indirect jobs. Click here for more information.
Letters: Rewrite the Editorial· Chicago Sun-Times ·
Taking a more comprehensive view, studies commissioned by the Illinois General Assembly indicate nearly 8,000 jobs would be lost by nuclear plant closings in Illinois, along with $1.8 billion per year in reduced economic activity. Click here for more information.
No Premature Closure of Nuke Plants· The Wall Street Journal ·
Nuclear-energy plants produce 63% of our nation’s carbon-free electricity. The emissions impact of premature reactor closures is real. These plants are unmatched in reliability. They provide one-fifth of our nation’s energy and maintain an average reliability of 85%-90%. Click here for more information.
Letters: Nuclear Energy in Illinois Needs Level Playing Field· Chicago Sun-Times ·
Many state legislators recognize the value of nuclear energy to Illinois, and there is strong bipartisan support for the Low Carbon Portfolio Standard bill that preserves the jobs, economic and clean air benefits the plants provide. Click here for more information.
Community Of Clinton Urging State To Provide A Subsidy For Power PlantWICS News Channel 20 ·
"The power plant is very important. Not only to Clinton, but the entire county," said Clinton resident, Kathy Evans. "If they closed that plant, this town would go way downhill because of all the money that it brings in," Evans said. Click here for more information.
Exelon Executive Defends Its Plan For Illinois Nuclear Energy· 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· 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· 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· 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· 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· 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.
Davis Touts Nuclear Power's Benefits During Clinton Tour· Herald-Review ·
“We at the national level should adjust to the next 'mission to the moon,' and that would be to make America energy independent,” Davis said. “Part of that is to use the nuclear facilities like Clinton's facility to keep providing for families in Illinois and across the state.” Click here for more information.
Congressman Davis Tours Clinton Nuclear Power PlantFOX 55/27 Illinois ·
"If we shut down plants here in America, that provide that base load generating capacity, Clinton...provides power to one million homes a day. If that's taken off the grid, the cost just to turn the lights on in people's houses will go up," Congressman Davis said. Click here for more information.
Illinois Can Set Example for Low-Carbon Future· 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 CommitteePower 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 PlantsClinton 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· 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.
Nuclear Key to a No-Carbon Future· The News-Gazette ·
Our legislature has a chance to do something big and bold for Illinois and secure our clean air future. To meet the challenge, legislators must consider market-based, cost-effective policies that will reduce carbon emissions and deliver economic, reliability and environmental benefits for Illinois. Click here for more information.
Ogle Nuclear Plant is Vital to the Community· SaukVillage.com ·
Much like the stable source of electricity that it provides to our community, Byron Station also is the largest employer in our county, providing nearly 800 stable, high-paying jobs. This has a tremendous impact on local business profits, government budgets, and the economy throughout our county, and neighboring counties. Click here for more information.
What’s the Future of Nuclear Power?· 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.
Nuclear Energy Is Critical to Fighting Climate Change· Real Clear Energy ·
As we work to reduce carbon emissions, we can't ignore any existing carbon-free source of energy. Nuclear energy produces nearly two-thirds of all carbon-free electricity to American homes and businesses. Click here for more information.
Rezin Co-Sponsors Bill to Help Nuclear PlantsThe Times ·
“Nuclear energy is so important to my district, state and country,” the Morris Republican said. “Nuclear energy is responsible for almost half of all electricity produced in the state. Legislation that helps our energy producers compete, create jobs, protect the environment and lower the costs for consumers is what we should be doing in Springfield.” Click here for more information.
Bipartisan Group Urges Illinois Governor and Legislature to Quickly Pass Nuclear Bill· 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 Congressmen Urge Energy Action by Rauner· The Dispatch - Argus ·
Thirteen congressmen, including U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, have called for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly to prevent premature closures of nuclear plants in the state. Click here for more information.
State Rep. Walsh Boosts Low-Carbon Energy JobsJoliet Bugle Newspapers ·
“Illinois is a leader in nuclear energy, with nearly half of our electricity coming from low-carbon nuclear power,” Walsh said. “Without legislative action, several of these plants face the possibility of being closed, putting thousands of workers at risk of losing their jobs.” Click here for more information.
Exelon Begins Refueling at Q-C Station· Quad-City Business Journal ·
Bill Stoermer, the station's spokesman, said more than 2,300 workers from the local trades, other Exelon sites and specialty workers from across the country are at the station for the planned outage. "We have over 1,500 workers staying in the Quad-City area to be here to support the outage," he said Monday. Click here for more information.
Lawmakers Consider Proposal That Could Help Exelon PlantsWAND NBC 17 ·
Under the proposal, utilities would be required to reward low-carbon power producers for being environmentally friendly. Eligible power producers under the legislation would include wind, solar, water, clean-burning coal and nuclear power plants. Click here for more information.
Coalition of Labor, Business and Community Leaders Introduce the Illinois Low Carbon Portfolio Standard·
On Feb. 26, a coalition of labor, business and community leaders joined together for a press conference introducing legislation that would enact the Illinois Low Carbon Portfolio Standard. Click here for more information.
Not just a power struggle: Closing Illinois' nukes is a bad idea· Crain's Chicago Business ·
A bottom line from the state report is that the reduction in power production from closing the plants would be met only partially by greater wind and solar production or increased energy efficiency. Click here for more information.
More Nuclear Retirements Could Thwart Domestic CO2 Efforts, Bayh says· Generation Hub ·
Nuclear energy produces 20% of all electricity and about 63% of all carbon-free electricity in the nation, Bayh said. There is no way the nation could let most of its existing zero-emission power retire and still meet the EPA goal of cutting CO2 30% by 2030, Bayh said. Click here for more information.
Clinton Power Plant Station Petition Being Circulated· The Pantagraph ·
The petition is the first step for what state Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, and other local officials said will raise awareness of the importance of the plant, which provides nearly 700 jobs for Central Illinois, in addition to the hundreds of trade jobs that come through the plant. Click here for more information.
Illinois Must Protect its Nuclear Energy· 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.
CASEnergy Coalition Advocates for Nuclear Energy· Quad-City Business Journal ·
A grassroots national energy coalition is lending its voice to the nuclear industry, including in Illinois, to raise the clean energy's profile and educate the public on its significance in America's future energy portfolio. Click here for more information.
Illinois' Role as a Nuclear Leader is in Jeopardy· 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· 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.
Power Plant Closure Would Threaten Thousands of Illinois JobsNews/Talk 1340 - WSOY Decatur ·
“The economic impact of these facilities as an anchor industry in these areas of the state are hugely important,” said Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Unions. He also said the reliable electricity that the plants produce is a key to economic development in other sectors. Click here for more information.
Letter: Nuclear Plant Important to 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· 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.
Discussing Illinois’ Energy Future at the City Club of Chicago·
The conversation featured a unique intersection of voices on the policy, labor and environmental implications of closing Illinois’ nuclear plants, and the possible solutions for the state in addressing its energy future. Click here for more information.
Former Opponent Touts Nuclear Power at Chicago Event· Chicago Tribune ·
Over time, Browner said, she came to believe that carbon dioxide pollution was the biggest challenge facing the world. Unlike power plants that burn coal or natural gas, nuclear plants don't emit carbon dioxide, a major contributor to climate change. Click here for more information.
The Future of Nuclear Energy in IllinoisAfternoon 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.
Illinois Report Reaffirms Exelon's Impact on State· Quad-City Times ·
A state report confirms the positive economic and environmental impacts that Exelon has said its nuclear plants bring to Illinois while also warning of the economic losses that would result should Exelon close any of its plants prematurely. Click here for more information.
Exelon Seeks OK to Operate LaSalle Nuclear Plant Until 2040s· Chicago Tribune ·
LaSalle's twin nuclear reactors employ about 875 people 75 miles southwest of Chicago near Marseilles. About 48 percent of the electricity in Illinois comes from nuclear power. Click here for more information.
Editorial: Future of Nuclear Energy in Illinois Impacts All of UsThe 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· 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· 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· 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: Nuclear Energy Deserves to Compete on Equal Footing· Chicago Sun-Times ·
These plants account for nearly $9 billion of annual economic output and almost 28,000 direct and indirect jobs across Illinois. We need to figure out ways to maintain and expand the state’s zero-carbon energy advantage. Click here for more information.
Letter: Exelon Doesn't Need a 'Bailout'· 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· 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· 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 Plant an Economic Powerhouse· Herald-Review ·
The Clinton station employs more than 600 workers with a payroll of more than $50 million. And it pumps millions into local tax rolls, the biggest chunk going to the Clinton School District. Click here for more information.
Exelon Points to Benefits, Uncertain Future at Nuclear Plants· The Herald News ·
The local Braidwood and Dresden nuclear plants support nearly 9,000 jobs in the state, according to a study released Wednesday that also outlines economic threats to Exelon's nuclear plants in Illinois. Click here for more information.
Study: Exelon’s Illinois Nuclear Plants Bring in $8.9bnPower Engineering ·
The study, entitled “The Impact of Exelon’s Nuclear Fleet on the Illinois Economy,” said the six facilities generated 90 percent of Illinois’ carbon-free electricity, and half of its overall electricity capacity. Click here for more information.
Nuclear Energy Must Be Part of Climate Change Strategy· 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.
Keep Nuclear Plants Open· The New York Times ·
“Nuclear plants produce nearly a fifth of the United States’ total power production, but in 2013 accounted for an overwhelming 63 percent of the country’s carbon-free energy.” Click here for more information.
With carbon rule, Illinois power struggle begins· Chicago Tribune ·
Exelon Chief Executive Chris Crane said he was looking for a "clean energy standard that would compensate or have some clean energy credits for generation that is carbon free." Click here for more information.
State should recognize value of Illinois nuclear plants· Chicago Tribune ·
Today, Illinois enjoys some of the lowest electricity rates in the Midwest and leads the nation in clean energy production, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. Click here for more information.
We Must Continue to Lead in Nuclear· The Hill ·
“Nuclear energy employs more than 100,000 Americans in well-paying jobs across the country. These jobs pay 36 percent more than average salaries, providing a stable, livable income for thousands of American families — and the increased opportunity that comes with it.” Click here for more information.
As Exelon threatens to shut nuclear plants, Illinois town fears fallout· Chicago Tribune ·
Last month the plant held its annual open house, and a steady stream of residents and their children wandered from room to room as plant workers handed out bouncy balls and coloring books with the title: "Go Green With Gabby Green." Click here for more information.
Report: Exelon mulls closing Byron nuclear plant· Rockford Register Star ·
The towers, which opened in 1985 and 1987, took 12 years to build and cost $4.5 billion. With about 850 employees, the plant is one of the two largest private employers in Ogle County. Click here for more information.