Hundreds of people from northwestern Illinois will travel to Springfield Tuesday to try to save the Cordova nuclear plant. Exelon has chartered buses to carry an estimated 500 employees, community leaders, and local residents to rally and lobby in the state capital.
The company has threatened to close the Quad Cities Generating Station, and a nuclear plant in Clinton, Illinois if the General Assembly fails to pass a bill with incentives for clean energy, including nuclear.Exelon says the two plants are not profitable.
The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Facebook page to build support for the plant, and the legislation. It says Cordova employs 800 people, has an annual payroll of 75 million dollars, and generates enough electricity to power about 1.5 million homes.