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Exelon Set to Decommission Illinois Nuclear Plants

July 29, 2021

Exelon Generation has filed plans to decommission its Dresden and Byron nuclear power plants in Illinois, citing a lack of action from state lawmakers on clean energy legislation that would help save the facilities.

The nation’s largest operator of nuclear power plants on July 28 said it has submitted its plans to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which will set in motion the final steps to retire the decades-old plants. The company in a statement said, “The filings are among the final steps in retiring the plants, which face revenue shortfalls in the hundreds of millions of dollars due to low energy prices and market policies that give fossil fuel plants an unfair competitive advantage.

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