Breen Responds to Passage of Comprehensive Energy Bill

Today in Springfield the House of Representatives approved a comprehensive energy bill that will allow nuclear energy plants in Clinton and in the Quad Cities to remain online. In response to the 63-38 vote in the House, State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) has issued the following statement:

“I am pleased with the passage of SB 2814 today. Every study available indicated that shutting down our nuclear plants in Clinton and in the Quad Cities would have spiked electricity rates in Illinois by multiple hundreds of millions of dollars. This bill represents an insurance policy for the people of Illinois, ensuring the viability of those nuclear plants while capping rate increases for residents and businesses. Keeping these plants online will help us keep the promise that, when Illinoisans flip a light switch, their lights will turn on, no matter how harsh the weather conditions—from 100-degree heat to the polar vortex.”

“There are also numerous other efficiency measures in this bill, and for folks in the 48th District, they should see lower rates next year from those efficiencies. Moreover, we currently spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on renewable energy credits, but the majority of that money goes out of state. This bill will bring those hundreds of millions of dollars back into Illinois, which will necessarily improve our state’s economy.”

“This bill also shows the people of Illinois that the General Assembly can compromise when there is the willingness to do so. House members on both sides of the aisle came together, with the Governor and his staff, to successfully negotiate a complex bill during a short time-frame. It’s now time for us to come together and negotiate a balanced budget.”