CLINTON, Ill. (May 8, 2017) — Operators removed Exelon Generation’s Clinton Power Station from service early this morning to begin a planned refueling and maintenance outage. More than 1,500 contractors, many from local unions, will be on hand for the duration of the outage, providing a boost to local hotels, restaurants and many small businesses. The outage would not have occurred without passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act last year – landmark clean energy legislation that values the plant’s many environmental and economic benefits.
The Future Energy Jobs Act, approved in December, is expected to preserve the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear plants for at least 10 years, saving and creating thousands of clean energy jobs and preserving $1.2 billion annually in economic activity in Illinois.
“If Clinton Power Station had closed, it would have been a devastating blow for this town,” said Joe Sartie, owner of Snappers Bar and Grill in Clinton. “Since the legislation passed, a lot of local businesses – mine included – are growing again. The outage is our busiest time of year. We’ve been preparing for it for the last month. We are adding more business space, hiring extra employees and staying open to help feed the crowds. It’s one of the many great benefits of having the plant in our community.”
“Many new businesses have popped up since the Future Energy Jobs Act passed and I expect to see that trend continue,” said Clinton’s City Administrator Tim Followell. “I’m seeing everything from new restaurants and gas stations to big box retail stores considering Clinton for new sites. None of this economic activity would have been possible if the plant had closed.”
Workers have been hard at work at the station prepping for the thousands of activities that will take place. They know the positive work completed last year in Springfield paved the way for today’s refueling outage.
“We applaud Illinois legislative leaders and Governor Rauner for recognizing the value of what we produce,” said Clinton Power Station Site Vice President Ted Stoner. “That includes thousands of jobs, more than a billion dollars in economic impact each year and enough carbon-free power for approximately one million homes and businesses. With the passage of the FEJA, we are ready to operate Clinton safely and reliably for many years to come.”
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