By Tom Kacich
Fri, 12/02/2016 – 6:23am
SPRINGFIELD — The 29-year-old Clinton nuclear power plant — facing a June 1, 2017, closing date by Exelon Corp. — got a new lease on life Thursday night with the passage of a wide-ranging energy bill by the Illinois General Assembly.
The House OK’d the so-called Future Energy Jobs bill (Senate Bill 2814), 63-38, and the Senate followed less than an hour later with approval on a 32-18 roll call. The bill now goes to Gov. Bruce Rauner, who said Thursday night that he would sign it…
Environmentalists hailed the bill’s update of Illinois’ renewable portfolio standards, which they say will lead to the development of more clean energy in the state.
“While this bill contains difficult compromises, this is a tremendous leap forward for clean energy in Illinois,” said Jack Darin, director of the Sierra Club of Illinois. “With these policies now in place and strengthened, we will continue the work to reduce dangerous carbon pollution, support opportunities for family-sustaining jobs in Illinois’ energy economy, ramp up renewable energy and ensure that clean energy opportunity is prioritized for communities burdened for decades by pollution.”