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Nuclear Powers Illinois

Illinois’ nuclear facilities are vital to the state and provide tremendous benefits to Illinois families and communities, including:

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:

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.

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