Sen. Brad Lager said the timing and arguments of the environmental groups don’t make much sense.
“When it comes to creating jobs and transforming our economy, projects just don’t get any bigger than this one,” Nixon said. “This is our moment.”
Ameren’s current 40-year operating license for the Callaway County plant expires in 2024.
Illinois led the nation in the number of wind turbines installed in 2011.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission found two problems of what it calls “very low” safety significance.
Illinois has 14 nuclear reactors, 11 of which are still in business generating electricity. And they’re old, says David Kraft, executive director of the Nuclear Energy Information Service.
Terms of the deal involving Honeywell’s Metropolis plant were not released, pending a vote by the union’s members.
Ameren says expanded nuclear power remains a solution to meet energy needs.
It would have let customers be billed for some costs.
Legislation allowing utilities to charge electric customers for some of the initial costs of developing a nuclear power plant.