VIDEO: Rep. Breen Touts Benefits of Negotiated Energy Bill

Illinois lawmakers approved a comprehensive energy bill on Thursday that will allow nuclear energy plants in Clinton and in the Quad Cities to remain operational as part of a broad package of measures that support clean energy in the state.

SB 2814 was approved by a 63-38 vote in the House, and State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) was a leading House Republican speaker in favor of the bill. Breen, who holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and sits on the House Energy Committee, spoke to the rate hikes that would become necessary if the two clean energy plants were shuttered, and to the bipartisanship and compromise that led to the agreed language that Governor Rauner said he would support.

Click here to watch Breen’s comments during the debate on the bill.