Pennsylvania’s Nuclear Energy Caucus (NEC) hosted a rally recently in Middletown, Pa., welcoming more than 100 legislators, management and unions representing nuclear industry and building trades to show solidarity behind the legislators’ Bicameral Nuclear Energy Caucus Report. The report, a culmination of work and study completed by the Caucus in 2017 and 2018 was widely distributed that day, particularly to state-wide news media who was in full attendance.
More than two dozen Team Susquehanna members attended the event to hear from Pennsylvania legislators NEC Co-Chairs Senator Ryan Aument and Representative Becky Corbin and others discuss the report and what premature closure of operating nuclear power plants could mean to the Keystone State.
In addition to Talen Energy’s Susquehanna Station, nuclear professionals and bargaining unit members from FirstEnergy and Exelon were also on hand to hear what legislators learned from other states who suffered premature nuclear plant shutdowns, and how nuclear plants across the State are integral to the ongoing success and vitality of cities and towns here.
The report confirmed that nuclear plants:
- Contribute approximately $2B to the State’s domestic product ($3.1B in gross output)
- Account for 15,900 in-state, full time jobs (direct and secondary)
- Help keep electricity prices low – PA consumers would pay $788M MORE annually and $6.6B MORE over next 10 years without these plants
- Responsible for more than $69M in State Tax Revenues annually
To keep counter-protestors from crashing the rally and distracting the legislators from delivering the report, its key messages and learnings, those in attendance were invited at the last minute.
But in the near future, the Nuclear Energy Caucus will be looking for representatives from Susquehanna Station – both union and management – to help staff and share what has been learned with Pennsylvanians everywhere.