A financial credit program for nuclear power plants has been included in the Senate's Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which was approved in the Senate on Tuesday. The program has been championed by Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger, who has proposed the program in separate legislation in the past.
Kinzinger says he wants some federal help to available to keep nuclear power plants online as two in the 16th Congressional District are slated to close near the end of this year. Exelon, the company who runs the two plants, has said they are seeing a revenue shortfall at power plants in Morris and Byron.
State lawmakers have been trying to negotiate an energy deal that would keep the plants open, but have had some snags. Area lawmakers have said that an agreement is in place for the nuclear portion of the bill.