QC Chamber letter to lawmakers in support of bill to keep nuclear plant open


DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce has submitted a letter to Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner in support of the latest bill that Exelon says is needed to keep two Illinois nuclear plants open.

In the letter, the chamber notes that the two nuclear facilities slated to close, including one in Cordova, Illinois, provide 1,400 jobs and a combined economic impact of $1.2 billion. The chamber argues that without the legislation, the plants cannot be profitable against low energy prices and subsidies provided for other clean energy sources. The chamber also says without the facilities, electric rates will increase when demand for energy increase as coal plants in the state are reduced to meet future clean energy requirements. The letter is signed by other area chambers, county administrators, school administrators and unions.

A house committee approved a measure introduced during the brief Fall Veto Session. It advances to the House, which will reconvene after Thanksgiving.

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