PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) recently provided insight on the Illinois energy debate, offering an approach in how the state can balance climate change and renewable energy. In his public remarks, which can be viewed on RepBatinick.com, the representative calls for federal assistance in keeping nuclear plants open, as well as transparency in the manner of keeping them open.
“In Illinois, we need to take a more holistic and thoughtful approach to the energy debate,” said Rep. Batinick. “The cost of subsidizing nuclear plants that serve a significant portion of the country should not be borne by Illinoisans alone and increased energy rates will have a disproportionate effect on minority communities. As I said in this essay, while we can be leaders we cannot be too far ahead or we will do more harm than good.”
Rep. Batinick worked tirelessly in 2016 against a ComEd bailout bill that required a statewide rate hike to prevent the closure of two nuclear power plants in Illinois, the rate increase being a key factor in the federal probe against ComEd.