Today (Sept 13), the Illinois legislature passed a comprehensive energy bill with the Governor expected to sign the legislation into law. The following statement can be attributed to Maria Korsnick, president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute:
"Today's legislative decision comes at a critical time as Illinois looks to achieve its clean energy goals. The decision signals the state's strong commitment to deep decarbonization, and once signed into law by the Governor, will secure the future of our nuclear power plants providing affordable, carbon-free electricity, creating thousands of high-quality jobs and contributing billions of dollars to the communities they serve.
"It is encouraging to see states like Illinois take meaningful steps to value all carbon-free energy sources, including nuclear, as essential tools in addressing the climate crisis. As our country's largest source of carbon-free energy, nuclear is the backbone of our future electricity supply. We commend Illinois policymakers on their leadership and action to preserve the nation's essential carbon-free nuclear generation."