Ill. Nuke Subsidy Ruling Boosts States' Clean Energy Push

By Keith Goldberg (July 17, 2017, 7:46 PM EDT) -- A federal judge's Friday dismissal of challenges to Illinois' plan to subsidize struggling nuclear power plants is another endorsement of the broad authority of states to craft clean energy policies and will further inspire states to ramp up their renewable power requirements in the face of a fossil fuel-friendly Trump administration, experts say.

U.S. District Judge Manish S. Shah handed a sweeping victory to Illinois and its Zero Emissions Credit program that would help prop up two Exelon Corp. nuclear power plants, rejecting arguments by independent power producers that the subsidies are preempted by the Federal Power Act and flout the...

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