Constellation requests 20-year license extension for Clinton Power Station

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Federal tax credit and 2016 state help key to license renewal

CLINTON — Thanks to a provision in the Federal Inflation Reduction Act, passed by Congress earlier this year, Constellation, owner of Clinton Power Station, announced this week a plan to ask the Nuclear Regulator Commission (NRC) for a 20-year extension to its Clinton operating license.

The Inflation Reduction Act includes a “zero-emission nuclear power production credit” aimed at preventing the decommissioning of existing nuclear power facilities.  The credit applies to power generated by existing nuclear plants from December 31, 2023 through December 31, 2032.

In 2016, Illinois passed legislation to help Illinois nuclear plants, including Clinton, remain in operation until at least 2026.  The bill was prompted by Exelon’s plan to close the Clinton plant in 2016 and Quad Cities in 2018.  Exelon later completed the separation of its power generating business under the Constellation name.

“The federal production tax credit passed this year and the state legislation passed in Illinois were key in Constellation seeking license renewal for Clinton and Dresden,” Brett Nauman, of Constellation, told the Clinton Journal on Monday.  “The nuclear industry is in a good place with Illinois and the federal government’s focus on fighting against climate change.”

Constellation also will apply for a 20-year extension to its Dresden, Ill. nuclear station.

A large portion of the Inflation Reduction Act includes money to try to mitigate the effects of climate change, including funds for a variety of zero-emission and green energy producers and technologies.

In addition to its nuclear power generation facilities, Constellation also generates wind, solar and hydroelectric energy, as well as operating electric generating stations powered by natural gas and/or oil.

• See the complete story in the Friday, Nov. 4 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.

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