Doug O’Brien said closing any of the nuclear plants would lead to big losses of jobs, tax revenue and economic activity. Read the entire article here.

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Illinois Clean Energy Coalition finds state report on nuclear power validates industry’s key role in the state’s environmental and economic future

State Agencies find that possible closing of nuclear plants would cost billions to the economy and add millions of tons of carbon pollution

Chicago, Illinois—January 8, 2015—A new state report on the impacts of nuclear power on Illinois shows the industry creates enormous environmental and economic benefits to the state. The report underscores that nuclear energy helps power the Illinois economy on many fronts and is a clean, reliable source that is vital to meeting emission reduction goals.

The state report shows that premature closure of the Byron, Quad Cities and Clinton plants would cost Illinois $1.8 billion in annual economic activity, almost 8,000 jobs and increase energy costs by as much as 16% (page 125). Furthermore, the Illinois EPA finds that the societal costs of the resulting increased air pollution from closing the nuclear plants would exceed $18 billion (page 121).

The Illinois General Assembly, in 2014, passed HR 1146 which required state agencies to conduct an assessment of how the state’s nuclear plants contributed to these priority goals in our energy sector. The results are clear.

According to an analysis prepared for the Illinois Clean Energy Coalition by SIU Emeritus Professor of Economics Stanford Levin, PhD. (found here), “the report demonstrates the importance to Illinois and its environment of the six operating nuclear power plants in the state and the reasons to prevent the premature closing of any of these plants.” Professor Levin specifically cites the state’s findings that closing even one nuclear plant would decrease the reliability and increase the cost of electricity in Illinois. He also notes the Illinois EPA findings that electricity lost from nuclear plant closings, “would will need to be replaced, at least in part, by fossil fuel plants that generate carbon emissions.” This supports the findings of the Illinois Clean Energy Coalition study of 2014 that analyzed the carbon emissions saved by nuclear power (www.ilcleanenergy.org).

The Illinois Clean Energy Coalition encourages everyone interested in the twin goals of an improved environment and a growing economy, to review the findings of the state report (http://www.icc.illinois.gov/electricity/hr1146.aspx) to support the continued operation of Illinois nuclear power fleet.

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The Illinois Clean Energy Coalition, launched in 2012, is a group of business leaders, policy experts, local officials and interested citizens who support the common-sense pursuit of a cleaner environment and a reliable, safe and cost-effective energy market. Learn more at www.ilcleanenergy.org

A new study by NEI validates 2014 report by ICEC about carbon emissions prevented by Illinois nuclear power

On July 9th, 2014 the Illinois Clean Energy Coalition hosted a policy briefing on the status and future of nuclear reprocessing at the Will County Office Building. In attendance were labor leaders, elected officials, and development experts.
Dr. Mark Peters, Associate Laboratory Director at Argonne National Laboratory, and Nancy Ammer, CEO of Grundy County Economic Development Center shared recent developments and fielded a wide range of questions from our audience. The Coalition would like to thank everyone who helped make this event happen and those who attended.

Former NJ Gov. Christie Whitman, Co-Chair of the Clean and Safe Energy (CASEnergy) Coalition will speak about energy policy and nuclear power at the Union League Club of Chicago at 7:30 AM on March 6.  For more information go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast65west-with-former-new-jersey-governor-christine-todd-whitman-tickets-10597069119

Environment Illinois has calculated the carbon emissions saved each year by the use of  wind power, helping clarify the benefit on non-carbon energy generation. http://www.environmentillinois.org/news/ile/new-report-wind-energy-yields-major-environmental-benefits-illinois-reducing-pollution-and

The Atomic Safety and Licensing Bureau, an arm of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission dismissed an objection from the Environmental Law and Policy Center against the license renewal applications for the Braidwood and Byron Nuclear stations, saying the complaint lacked “sufficient factual support.” http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1332/ML13323A823.pdf

Another instance where a purported environmental  group attacks the single biggest source of emissions-free energy in America, running counter to its stated goal of reducing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.

Illinois Chamber President Doug Whitley sent the following message to over 5,000 Chamber members and state leaders voicing strong support for the renewal of nuclear generating station licenses in Illinois.



July 3, 2013

It’s time to extend the life (and the benefits!) of Illinois’ nuclear fleet


It’s no secret that Illinois continues to face significant challenges to creating, attracting and retaining jobs.  But amid discussion of tax rates, regulation, pension reform and infrastructure improvement, there is one relatively constant asset that helps keep Illinois competitive in the global marketplace — a reliable, abundant and cost-competitive supply of electricity.


To maintain an abundant and diverse electricity supply, without brownouts or limits on access, and to be able to provide that supply at competitive rates, Illinois relies heavily on its fleet of nuclear power generating stations.  Illinois has more nuclear power generation than any state in the union, and nearly 45% of Illinois’ electricity is produced by nuclear.   We need to support the continued operation of these vital components of our energy infrastructure.


Whether or not you agree with President Obama’s recent push on making America a leader in reducing carbon emissions, every kind of energy generation is looking to improve its costs, efficiency, reliability and, yes, its carbon footprint. While coal and gas remain viable and important sources of electricity and our renewable sector continues to grow, Illinois’ nuclear industry combines capacity, reliability and efficiency without any carbon emissions.  At the same time, nuclear generation employs thousands of Illinoisans and injects billions into our state’s economy every year.


As part of the extensive oversight of nuclear power plants, two of Illinois’ generating stations, in Byron and Braidwood, have applied for a 20-year renewal of their operating licenses with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  It is crucial for the business community to strongly support these applications.


It’s hard to get any kind of serious energy policy going in today’s political environment and it’s hard to predict how new technologies will affect future electricity generation opportunities.  However, it doesn’t take a nuclear physicist to figure out that a diverse, reliable supply of electricity will create a cost-competitive supply that our economy needs to thrive.  If our economy was the top of a stool, the four legs that would keep it from wobbling would be nuclear, cleaner coal, natural gas and renewable energy — with additional support through efficiency and conservation activities.


Therefore, as energy policy evolves, we can and should continue to rely on the abundant, safe, and cost-effective nuclear power supply to power our economy forward.


The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, along with other business groups, policy makers, elected officials and labor leaders, have joined forces in support of the Illinois Clean Energy Coalition which is rallying voices from across the state in support of Illinois’ nuclear industry.  Please take a moment to add your voice to the cause at www.ilcleanenergy.org.


Illinois Clean Energy Coalition is urging local governments to support federal license renewal for Illinois’ nuclear plants


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