SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois could see the construction of the first new nuclear power plants since 1988 under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa.
“The landmark Climate and Equitable Jobs Act put Illinois on a path toward zero greenhouse gas emissions and nuclear power plays an integral role in getting us there,” Yednock said. “We’ve safely enjoyed the benefits of our six existing nuclear power plants for decades, and as our energy needs continue to grow and evolve, so should our methods of energy production.”
Senate Bill 76 removes the moratorium on the construction of new nuclear power plants, giving Illinois the opportunity to provide stable, affordable, and carbon-free energy to its residents, as well as provide new jobs in the clean energy industry. The bill is supported by members of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear, as well as Climate Jobs Illinois, the Illinois Energy Association, the American Nuclear society and more.
“We must make sure Illinois continues to modernize and solidify its place as a leader in the clean energy economy and we can do so by removing this unnecessary and outdated moratorium,” Yednock said. “As renewable energy like wind and solar continue to grow, nuclear power can help Illinois improve its energy grid reliability with minimal to no greenhouse gas emissions. I highly encourage my colleagues in the House to pass this bill, advance our clean energy economy, and provide stable energy for our communities.”
Senate Bill 76 passed the Senate with bipartisan support, and will be heard on the House floor.