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Statement: The era of Exelon holding Illinois’ energy policy hostage must end

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This morning Exelon Generation issued a press release threatening to close its Byron and Dresden nuclear power plants in fall 2021. 
 
Illinois PIRG director Abe Scarr made the following statement in response:

“The era of Exelon holding Illinois’ energy policy hostage must end.
 
“Exelon’s threats underline the importance of Gov. Pritzker’s call for Exelon to provide certified costs in an independent financial report before securing new subsidies.
 
“Any additional support for Exelon’s aging, expensive power plants must come within a comprehensive plan to transition Illinois to 100 percent renewable energy, including firm closure dates for nuclear power plants.” 

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