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ComEd is working to change how it bills for electricity use. 

They want to charge customers based on how much energy they use when demand is high, rather than what they use overall.  A group of Chicago politicians signed on to a letter with various groups opposing the plan.  This includes the Illinois Public Interest Research Group.  PIRG President Abe Scarr says it confuses customers.

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Exelon Generation says it has formally notified a grid operator of its plans to retire the Quad-Cities Generating Station, one of two Illinois nuclear plants it intends to shut down.

The Quad-City Times reports that the step announced Thursday is one of several procedural notifications Exelon has to make before closing the station in Cordova and another in Clinton.

The company announced on June 2 that it planned to close the plants after the state Legislature failed to approve a financial-support plan.

Exelon To Close Two Illinois Nuclear Plants

Jun 2, 2016

Exelon Corp. says it will move forward with plans to shut two Illinois nuclear plants after the Illinois Legislature didn't act on its request for financial support. 

The company announced it will close the Clinton Power Station in Clinton on June 1, 2017, and the Quad Cities Generating Station in Cordova on June 1, 2018. 

Exelon says the locations are its best-performing plants but they have lost $800 million over the last seven years. About 1,500 people work at the plants. 


Nuclear energy workers were in Springfield Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to save two of Exelon's Illinois plants.

The energy behemoth says that, unless legislators pass a law by the end of this month, it will shut down the plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities.

Jeff Bartz, who's from Colona, says that would lead to a loss of thousands of jobs and wipe out a big part of the regional tax base. Bartz says nuclear power has advantages.

Exelon May Close Clinton And Quad Cities Nuclear Plants

May 16, 2016

  Exelon Corporation says it may close two nuclear power plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities due to operating losses. 

The company claims an abundance of natural gas has pushed down the price of electricity so much that their nuclear operations can no longer remain profitable.  To hold off the closure, Exelon and ComEd are sponsoring legislation that would subsidize these two plants through rate increases.  Exelon spokesman Paul Dempsey explains.