Lawmakers consider proposal that could help Exelon plants

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SPRINGFIELD - State lawmakers are considering an Exelon Corporation-backed proposal that would help keep three nuclear plants from closing.

Under the proposal, utilities would be required to reward low-carbon power producers for being environmentally friendly.  Eligible power producers under the legislation would include wind, solar, water, clean-burning coal and nuclear power plants.

Some political and labor leaders support the plan, saying the proposal would help prevent the closure of Exelon's nuclear plants in Clinton, the Quad Cities, and Byron.  Exelon Senior Vice President of Governmental & Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy Joseph Dominguez says any low-carbon source can compete under the plan.

According the the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, a different energy bill, which was introduced to lawmakers last week, could encourage energy efficiency and help expand renewable energy sources.
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