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Judge pulls plug on challenge to IL 'Zero Emissions Credit' Exelon nuclear plant bailout

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 18, 2017, 1:32pm

Saying the law could both simultaneously be a subsidy designed to prop up two Illinois nuclear power plants and a legitimate attempt to reduce carbon emissions, a Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug on attempts by a group of power generators and electricity consumers to challenge a recent state law the plaintiffs claimed unconstitutionally used “green energy” goals as a pretext to rig the wholesale electricity generation and supply markets in favor of electricity generation giant Exelon.

Environmental Law & Policy Center, others step into court fight over IL 'Zero Emissions Credit' program

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 11, 2017, 12:14am

Even as Illinois state electricity regulators have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging a state law unconstitutionally rigs the wholesale electricity generation and supply markets in favor of electricity generation giant Exelon, a prominent environmental activist organization has also stepped into the court fight, asking the court to allow it to defend the law’s renewable energy requirements, which it says the lawsuit also threatens.

Lawsuits: IL 'zero emissions credit' system unconstitutionally rigs electricity market for Exelon

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 14, 2017, 6:59pm

Two months since Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner signed off on a bailout bill they said was needed to ensure the viability of two Exelon nuclear electricity plants, two lawsuits filed in federal court have challenged the constitutionality of the legislation, alleging the law effectively rigs in Exelon’s favor wholesale electricity generation and supply markets, resulting in a a windfall for Exelon over the next 10 years, paid for by Illinois businesses and households.