Chicago-based Exelon will close Three Mile Island in 2019

Three Mile Island employs 675 workers and provides power to approximately 10 million customers.   Contributed

Exelon Corporation announced on May 30 the closure of the Three Mile Island Generating Station (TMI). The nuclear power plant, located in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, will shut down on approximately Sept. 30, 2019.

While TMI provides 93 percent of Pennsylvania's emission-free electricity, it is not included in the state's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard. Without changes in the AEPS to include nuclear energy or following the example of Illinois and New York in establishing a zero-emissions credit program, TMI is not able to compete against other energy sources.

“Today is a difficult day, not just for the 675 talented men and women who have dedicated themselves to operating Three Mile Island safely and reliably every day, but also for their families, the communities and customers who depend on this plant to produce clean energy and support local jobs,” Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane said. “Like New York and Illinois before it, the Commonwealth has an opportunity to take a leadership role by implementing a policy solution to preserve its nuclear energy facilities and the clean, reliable energy and good-paying jobs they provide."

TMI delivers energy to approximately 10 million customers in five states, including Illinois, plus the District of Columbia. It employs 675 workers and contracts with 1,500 union employees. Exelon, based in Chicago, pays more than $1 million in state property taxes to Pennsylvania. It also provides more than $300,000 in donations to the local community annually.

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