Next Generation Energy Plan legislation has candidate McCombie's support
Tony McCombie, Republican candidate for the state House District 71 seat, recently expressed her support for SB 1585, the Next Generation Energy Plan (NGEP).
Among its provisions, the legislation supports the Clinton and Quad-Cities nuclear power plants, which are a significant source of tax income and jobs for Illinois residents.
"Yesterday, while driving my 'billboard' through the campground, a family with two children were out for a walk," McCombie said. "As I drive by, she directly says, 'Vote for Exelon!' This is a real issue for our area and will forever change lives and our economic climate."
NGEP is a comprehensive clean-energy solution that will double energy-efficiency programs, support solar energy projects and provide $1 billion in low-income energy assistance. The bill also ensures that Illinois' two nuclear power plants stay in operation. The reactors provide over 4,000 jobs with a payroll of $40 million per year. The power plants also pay almost $300 million in state and local taxes.
In addition to the economic benefits, NGEP establishes the Zero Carbon Emission Standard. The nuclear power plants produce approximately 50 percent of the state's electricity without generating carbon emissions.
McCombie adds her support to a bipartisan group of legislators, advocates, and labor and community leaders. By passing NGEP, Illinois has the opportunity to maintain its status as the national leader in clean energy.