State Lawmakers Expect to Return in Summer for Energy Bill

State Lawmakers Expect to Return in Summer for Energy Bill

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers are expected to come back sometime this summer after failing to bring sweeping energy legislation across the finish line.

Tweaks to the proposal continue to be made.

The Senate and House were called to session this week to pass legislation closing coal-fired power plants by 2035 while propping up nuclear energy with subsidies and investing more in clean energy sources.

Exelon has threatened to close two nuclear plants in Illinois this fall because of hundreds of millions in revenue loss.

Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, said lawmakers are close to a final deal.

“Exelon is on the cusp of a $700 million subsidy,” Harmon said Tuesday after the deal fell apart. “If they close plants out of spite tomorrow, they were going to close those plants anyway.”

Harmon expects to call lawmakers back sometime this summer to finalize a deal.

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