Pennsylvania should try to save nuclear plants, senator says

The Associated Press
A Monday, May 22, 2017, file photo shows cooling towers at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Exelon Corp., the owner of Three Mile Island, site of the United States' worst commercial nuclear power accident, said Monday, May 29, 2017, it will shut down the plant in 2019 unless it receives a financial rescue from Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

HARRISBURG – A senior Republican state lawmaker says Pennsylvania should try to save its nuclear power plants in case it needs a more diverse energy supply in the future.

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said Monday that he opposes adding a charge to ratepayer bills to subsidize the plants, something other states have done.

Rather, Corman says a better approach is one advocated by sympathetic lawmakers.

That would give Pennsylvania’s five nuclear plants the same preferential treatment as solar power, wind power and several other niche energy sources under a 2004 state law that requires utilities to buy certain amounts of electricity from them.

Without a state rescue, Three Mile Island’s owner says it plans to shut it down Sept. 30 while Beaver Valley nuclear station’s owner says it’ll shut it down by 2021.

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