Energy markets are continuing to garner considerable attention in the Illinois legislature, as a debate about the make-up of the state's generation mix heats up.
Exelon, which owns nuclear power plants throughout the state, threatened to shut down some of its unprofitable plants if the state government doesn't give them the same subsidies that other carbon-free generators get.
A loss of this capacity could greatly impact energy prices throughout Illinois. Legislators are reportedly considering adopting a cap-and-trade rule or a low-carbon portfolio standard, which would penalize carbon-producing plants while giving more economic advantages to cleaner power sources.
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