I am deeply disappointed with today’s announcement that Exelon intends to close the Byron Nuclear Plant in September 2021. The plant is home to hundreds of good-paying jobs and contributes millions of dollars in property taxes to fund schools, public safety, and local government. It also generates a significant amount of clean, reliable electricity without any carbon pollution.
I will not take this decision as final. The Exelon statement itself said “we will continue our dialogue with policymakers on ways to prevent these closures”. I will work with the Governor’s office and my fellow legislators to ensure that Byron has a seat at the table and a voice in the discussions about Illinois’ energy policy.
The Byron Nuclear Plant has been a cornerstone of the Ogle County economy for decades. Families throughout the region count on these good jobs. We will not let this go without a fight!
Read Exelon’s full statement on the closure here: https://www.exeloncorp.com/newsroom/exelon-generation-to-retire-illinois’-byron-and-dresden-nuclear-plants-in-2021