Green Groups Back Illinois Nuclear Plant Subsidies

By Keith Goldberg (April 13, 2017, 5:32 PM EDT) -- Environmental, public health and consumer groups on Wednesday threw their support behind Illinois as the state defends itself against a legal challenge to its plans to subsidize two struggling nuclear power plants, blasting the argument that the subsidies usurp the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority over wholesale electricity markets.

A coalition of power producers that includes the Electric Power Supply Association and merchant power giants Calpine Corp., Dynegy Inc. and NRG Energy Inc., claim that the $235 million in annual zero emission credits, or ZECs, offered to Exelon Corp.'s Clinton and Quad Cities plants through Illinois' recently enacted Future Energy Jobs...

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