Advocates of nuclear energy are celebrating a win after lawmakers approved a bill partially lifting the state’s moratorium on nuclear power plant construction.
Capitol News Illinois reports the measure would allow for the construction of small, modular nuclear reactors – a newer type of reactor that proponents say can help with electric reliability and decarbonization.
The bill’s sponsor, Representative Lance Yednock of Ottowa, says nuclear development could bolster the state’s clean energy transition.
“In order to reach our clean energy goals, we may have to invest in more nuclear generated carbon-free energy. The policy does not subtract from the growth of wind and solar energy; it could be an enhancement, as a potential use of small modular reactors could be to energize large manufacturers, therefore keeping more traditional new sources of energy for residential, small commercial customers and our future EV needs.”
Critics of the proposal and nuclear energy in general say investments in the technology pose environmental and safety risks.
The bill passed with bipartisan support on the last day of the fall veto session. Changes were made following Governor JB Pritzker’s veto of a previous version earlier this year. The governor has indicated that he will sign the bill.
***Courtesy of Capitol News Illinois***