By The Associated Press
The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition is applauding Gov. Bruce Rauner for signing into law an energy program it says will create thousands of new jobs.
Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook, a member of the coalition, says the so-called Exelon bill will mean more jobs, savings for electricity customers, cleaner air and energy efficiency.
Rauner signed the law in Port Byron this morning and plans to repeat the process in Clinton this afternoon. The events symbolize the importance of the plan’s $235 million-a-year subsidy to Exelon Corp. to keep unprofitable nuclear plants in the Quad Cities and Clinton open for at least 10 years.
It provides hundreds of millions of dollars in energy efficiency programs and money to help low-income consumers.
Nekritz says the plan will provide more than 4,000 megawatts of new solar and wind energy — enough to power 1 million homes…