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What Is Feeding The Grid?

Sep 17, 2018
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Wind, solar, and nuclear are some of the energy options available to Illinois consumers. This week on Morning Edition, the WNIJ news team explores how these affect the quality of life in northern Illinois in 2018 and beyond.

Wind: The "Third Crop"

Wind is sometimes called the "third crop" by farmers.

Reporter Susan Stephens has been following the development of wind farms in northern Illinois. She says the term is used because so often the turbines are placed on farms.

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A deal may keep Exelon’s Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear plants open for the foreseeable future. The company says it will shut down the plants unless lawmakers pass a bill allowing it to raise electricity rates.  

Fidel Marquez, an executive with Exelon subsidiary ComEd, believes the rate hike will save jobs and keep energy rates competitive.

"It's pretty Basic micro economics, that when you reduce the supply a significant amount, energy prices in the state will rise," he said.  

Sen. Kirk Wants Tougher Authority Against Iran

May 18, 2015
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U.S. Senator Mark Kirk wants President Barack Obama to introduce stronger sanctions against Iran. 

The House approved a new bill last week which gives lawmakers the power to review -- and potentially reject -- a nuclear deal with Iran.

Meanwhile, the U.S. and five other nations are currently trying to reach a deal to curb the nuclear program before Iranian officials return to Tehran on June 31.

But Kirk does not think talks with Iran will go anywhere.

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The state of Illinois wants to help people who live near nuclear power plants be prepared in case of an emergency. This week, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency announced free potassium iodide pills will soon be available.  Potassium iodide protects the thyroid gland which is the most susceptible part of the body to radiation exposure.