The Clinton nuclear power station.
(Wikimedia Commons)
October 29, 2015

Exelon Defers Decision To Close Clinton Plant For One Year

Exelon is putting off a decision for a year on whether to close a nuclear plant in Clinton. The company has already delayed decisions about the future of reactors in Quad Cities and Byron. It still wants Illinois lawmakers to approve a monthly surcharge on electric bills to reward generators who produce carbon-free power.


In this March 16, 2011 file photo, steam escapes from Exelon Corp.'s nuclear plant in Byron, Ill. Illinois lawmakers are considering clean-energy legislation backed by Exelon Corp. to keep three unprofitable nuclear plants afloat.
(AP Photo/Robert Ray, File)
September 11, 2015

Exelon: Auctions Didn’t Help Future Of Clinton Plant

A company spokesman said a 'capacity auction' in Clinton's territory did help reduce financial losses, but is still at risk of closing.  But a group opposed to a legislative solution believes an auction next spring should be enough to help the plant.


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visits a University of Illinois-owned farm in Urbana on Thursday.
Darell Hoemann/CU Citizen Access
September 10, 2015

Top Ag Official Announces $100 Million In Ethanol Infrastructure Funding

More ethanol fuel blends could soon be for sale at gas stations in Illinois after a multi-million dollar federal investment in the industry’s infrastructure. The U.S. department of Agriculture is giving the state $12 million dollars to expand access to ethanol in Illinois. 


The site along Windsor Road on the University of Illinois Urbana campus, where a solar farm is under construction.
(Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media)
September 08, 2015

20-Acre Solar Farm Under Construction At U Of I

The newest crop at the U of I South Farms will not be fruits or vegetables, but electricity. A solar farm is expected to begin supplying some of the electricty used on the Urbana campus by Thanksgiving.


A flow chart laying out the goals of the Smart Energy Design Assistance Program.
(Smart Energy Design Assistance Center)
July 04, 2015

Budget Stalemate Extends To U of I Energy Research

The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center is one of a few areas funded differently on the U of I campus - with money passing through a state agency.   It shut its doors Tuesday, laying off 50 people.


A view of one of the control consoles at the training center of Exelon’s Clinton nuclear power station in DeWitt County. Exelon officials say their training center includes a mockup of the nuclear plant’s master control center that duplic
(Photo: Jim Meadows)
June 05, 2015

Legislative Nuclear Power Deal Still In The Dark

Exelon still has hopes for the legislation, once lawmakers are done dealing with the state budget. And whether or not it passes could have in impact on the price of electricity in Illinois, and the fate of its three nuclear plants in Clinton, Byron and Quad Cities, which are losing money.


Exelon's Clinton nuclear power station.
(Wikimedia Commons)
May 26, 2015

Legislation To Help Exelon’s Nuclear Power Plants To Be Delayed: House Energy Comm. Chair

Legislation to help Exelon with the Clinton nuclear power plant and two others it says are losing money, apparently will not be passed during the Illinois General Assembly's spring session. House Energy Committee Chair Linda Chapa LaVia says she wants to combine the legislation with two other energy-related bills, which would take more time.


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