Join the community-driven
movement and #savedresden

Dresden Generating Station is set to close in Fall of 2021, causing a devastating impact to our community.  Let's stand together to save jobs, homes, and our community.

Economic Impact

Exelon's Dresden Generation Station is more than a local power source, but an asset to the community, your neighbors, and our economy.

  • Employment

    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.

  • Local Taxes

    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.  

  • Community Contributions

    More than $200,000 in station and employee contributions go to United Way and other local civic and charitable organizations annually.

  • Customers Served

    Approximately 1.8 million homes are served with carbon free energy by Dresden, generating more than 15,000,000 MW hours of power.

Dresden inside

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.

  • Sign the petition at

What Can You Do?

Illinois lawmakers have the power to #savedresden

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) 782-6831

            Chicago:  (312) 814-2122



  • Sign the Petition

    Sign-our petition at

  • Contact State Officials

    Reach out to the Governor and your State Officials to voice your concerns!

    Governor's Office:
    Springfield: (217) 782-6831
    Chicago: (312) 814-2122

House Energy & Environment Committee

Chairperson : Ann M. Williams D (773) 880-9082
Vice-Chairperson : Robyn Gabel D (847) 424-5401
Republican Spokesperson : David A. Welter R (815) 416-1475
Member: Carol Ammons D (217) 531-1660
Member: Darren Bailey R (618) 665-4109
Member: Tim Butler R (217) 782-0053
Member: Dan Caulkins R (217) 876-1968
Member: William Davis D (708) 799-7300
Member: Daniel Didech D (847) 478-9909
Member: Mary Edly-Allen D (224) 206-7647
Member: Sonya M. Harper D (773) 925-6580
Member: Barbara Hernandez D (630) 270-1848
Member: Frances Ann Hurley D (773) 445-8128
Member: Lindsey LaPointe D (773) 647-1174
Member: Theresa Mah D (872) 281-5775
Member: Michael T. Marron R (217) 477-0104
Member: Joyce Mason D (847) 485-9986
Member: Deanne M. Mazzochi R (630) 852-8633
Member: Charles Meier R (618) 651-0405
Member: Chris Miller R (618) 546-0044
Member: Anna Moeller D (847) 841-7130
Member: Bob Morgan D (847) 780-8471
Member: Thomas Morrison R (847) 202-6584
Member: Michelle Mussman D (847) 923-9104
Member: Nathan D. Reitz D (618) 282-7284
Member: Dave Severin R (618) 440-5090
Member: Nicholas K. Smith D (773) 783-8800
Member: André Thapedi D (773) 581-9250
Member: Dan Ugaste R (630) 797-5530
Member: Lawrence Walsh, Jr. D (815) 730-8600
Member: Keith R. Wheeler R (630) 345-3464

Senate Energy & Public Utilities

Chairperson : Michael E. Hastings D (815) 464-5431
Vice-Chairperson : Laura Ellman D (630) 453-5488
Minority Spokesperson : Sue Rezin R (815) 220-8720
Member: Christopher Belt D (618) 875-1212
Member: Cristina Castro D (847) 214-8864
Member: Thomas Cullerton D (630) 903-6662
Member: Bill Cunningham D (773) 445-8128
Member: Suzy Glowiak Hilton D (630) 785-3177
Member: Mattie Hunter D (312) 949-1908
Member: Emil Jones III D (773) 995-7748
Member: Patrick J. Joyce D (708) 756-0882
Member: Kimberly A. Lightford D (708) 632-4500
Member: Terry Link D (847) 623-3006
Member: Iris Y. Martinez D (773) 278-2020
Member: Antonio Muñoz D (773) 869-9050
Member: Patricia Van Pelt D (312) 888-9191
Member: Neil Anderson R (309) 736-7084
Member: Jason A. Barickman R (309) 661-2788
Member: John F. Curran R (630) 914-5733
Member: Dale Fowler R (618) 294-8951
Member: Steve McClure R (217) 245-7456
Member: Paul Schimpf R (618) 684-1100
Member: Craig Wilcox R (815) 455-6330

Press Releases and News

Keep up to date with the latest news on the Dresden closure.

Exelon Closure Document to NRC

Exelon submits letter to NRC to permanently cease power operations at Dresden.  

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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.  

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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Exelon Generation to Retire Illinois’ Byron and Dresdon Nuclear Plants in 2021

The official release from Exelon about the upcoming Fall 2021 closure

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Economic impact of Dresden closing will be stunning

Study shows it will affect more than 1,600 jobs.

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Sen. Joyce reacts to Dresden’s Plant Closure

Senator Patrick Joyce enraged over Dresden nuclear plant shutdown.

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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

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