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Pennsylvania voters reject bailouts for nuclear power companies

Staff Writer | August 17, 2017
API Pennsylvania released a new poll showing that the overwhelming majority of Pennsylvania voters would oppose legislation that would force consumers in the state to pay a special fee to bailout nuclear power companies.
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Nuclear energy   The electricity markets
API Pennsylvania urged members of the Pennsylvania state legislature to reject any measure that could raise costs for consumers and hurt workers across the state.

“Despite the fact that half of the voters across the state think electricity prices are too high, some are asking legislators in Harrisburg to force Pennsylvania consumers to pay a special fee to bail out nuclear power companies,” said executive director Stephanie Catarino Wissman.

“Picking winners and losers in the electricity markets by providing bailouts to nuclear power at the expense of Pennsylvania consumers would diminish the benefits that clean-burning natural gas has brought to Pennsylvania workers and consumers. Moving forward, the legislature should reject any measure that could raise costs for consumers and hurt workers across the state.”

Key poll results:

- 84 percent of voters agree that Pennsylvania consumers should not have to pay a special fee to bailout Exelon’s nuclear power plants.

- 84 percent of voters oppose legislation charging consumers a special fee to fund Exelon’s nuclear power plants.

- 77 percent of voters agree that the electricity market should be based on the marketplace, not special treatment for one corporation.

- 60 percent of voters believe that electricity prices are lower with competition, not government intervention.


 

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