Update - June 1, 2021
A tentative agreement has been reached with Governor Pritzker, the Illinois General Assembly, and Exelon to keep Dresden Station open for at least the next five years. The energy bill is expected to be signed by the governor sometime in June. Thank you to Senators Rezin and Joyce, Representatives Welter and Haas, and organized labor for tireless efforts to save Dresden Station. Also, thank you to all that called or emailed the governor and legislators.
Exelon's Dresden Generation Station is more than a local power source, but an asset to the community, your neighbors, and our economy.
Dresden provides our friends, families, and neighbors with 804 direct and an additional 865 indirect jobs. The station's annual payroll with benefits is $104 million. The livelhood of over 1,600 people depend on Dresden.
Dresden Station pays about $23 million annually in property taxes to fund seven different taxing districts. The impact on education, fire protection services, library services, Joliet Junior College, and County government are huge.
More than $200,000 in station and employee contributions go to United Way and other local civic and charitable organizations annually.
Approximately 1.8 million homes are served with carbon free energy by Dresden, generating more than 15,000,000 MW hours of power.
Join the movement and sign the petition!
Without changes to Illinois law, Dresden Generating Station will close in 2021. This will hurt Illinois and Grundy County because it means 1600 direct and indirect jobs eliminated. This will hurt local schools and cause property taxes to go up. Governor JB Pritzker has the power to #SaveDresden. Please sign our petition and call and email the Governor.
What Can You Do?
Illinois lawmakers have the power to #savedresden
Time is running out to save our nuclear plants. If you are able/willing, please use this form letter and mail it to the Governor's office today.
You can help by calling Governor Pritzker today! Tell him how important over 1,600 jobs are to our families, neighbors, and communities. We need to save Dresden Station from closing early.
Governor's Office Numbers:
Springfield: (217) 782-6830
Chicago: (312) 814-2122
Sign the Petition
Sign-our change.org petition at change.org/savedresden
Contact State Officials
Reach out to the Governor and your State Officials to voice your concerns!
Springfield: (217) 782-6830
Chicago: (312) 814-2122
House Energy & Environment Committee
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Senate Energy & Public Utilities
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Press Releases and News
Keep up to date with the latest news on the Dresden closure.
Illinois energy bill deal to include Exelon nuclear plants
Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly have reached a tentative agreement with Exelon to keep Dresden, Byron, and the Braidwood plants open for at least the next five years.
Legislation preserves nuclear fleet to set Illinois on path to carbon-free economy
Senator Rezin, along with other legislators, unveiled legislation yesterday regarding clean energy and preserving the state’s nuclear fleet. The bill would build a 100 percent clean energy economy in Illinois and would preserve the state’s nuclear fleet to ensure that upwards of 28,000 jobs are saved and millions of dollars in tax revenue are garnered…
“Built to Last” – Importance of Nuclear Power
A great program about the importance of nuclear power provided by Dresden and Byron stations and included comments by Grundy County community leaders.
Illinois Legislature must move quickly to keep electric bills low and promote green energy
The failure of national energy markets to support clean energy soon will force the premature retirement of two of the state’s zero-carbon nuclear plants, putting thousands of people out of work, raising energy costs and taking us decades backward in the fight against climate change.
Communities Surrounding Closed Nuclear Power Plants Face Terrible Challenges Moving Forward
Last week the Nuclear Decommissioning Collaborative released their report investigating the socioeconomic impacts of nuclear power plant closures on surrounding host communities across the nation.
Closing two Illinois nuclear plants is bad news for working people and a clean energy future
For more than 40 years, nuclear plants haven’t been just a source of power. They’ve been vital to our local economy, with good-paying jobs.
A look at Exelon’s 4 economically challenged nuclear plants in Illinois
Exelon Corp.-owned nuclear power plants in Illinois eyed for early retirement have had declining financial margins of late, according to an analysis using S&P Global Market Intelligence’s plant-level production cost model.
Exelon Closure Document to NRC
Exelon submits letter to NRC to permanently cease power operations at Dresden.
Nancy Norton, GEDC President & CEO, Talks With WJOL on Dresden Closing
Dresden Station is a huge employer, important part of our communities, and an intergral part of the Grundy County Economy. Listen to Nancy Norton on WJOL with Scott Slocum.
Without another bailout, Exelon plans to close two Illinois nuclear plants next year
With Gov. J.B. Pritzker blocking another round of ratepayer subsidies, ComEd’s parent company said Thursday it plans to close two of the state’s nuclear plants next year.
Sen. Rezin reacts to Exelon’s Announcement to Close Dresden Generating Station
On August 27, the Exelon Corporation announced its intentions to close its Dresden Generating Station. State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) issued the following statement in response
Rep. Welter reaction to Exelon announcement regarding future of Dresden Station
State Representative David Allen Welter, R-Morris, issued the following statement today in response to Exelon’s announcement that the company plans to retire Dresden Station by November 2021
Kinzinger Statement on Byron, Dresden Plant Closures
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement on the announcement to close two nuclear power plants in Illinois’ 16th Congressional District.
Exelon Generation to Retire Illinois’ Byron and Dresdon Nuclear Plants in 2021
The official release from Exelon about the upcoming Fall 2021 closure
Economic impact of Dresden closing will be stunning
Study shows it will affect more than 1,600 jobs.
Sen. Joyce reacts to Dresden’s Plant Closure
Senator Patrick Joyce enraged over Dresden nuclear plant shutdown.
Exelon announces plans to close 2 nukes absent a state rescue
Exelon announced it’s closing two of the five nuclear stations that serve the Chicago area. The Dresden plant in Grundy County and the Byron station south of Rockford will shut in fall 2021. Exelon has warned that those plants would close without legislation to provide more revenue to them