Representative David Allen Welter

State Senator Sue Rezin, R-Morris, and State Representative David Allen Welter, R-Morris, have sent a letter to Exelon Corporation requesting a meeting to discuss the company’s statement in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission that they may close their generating stations at Dresden and Braidwood. In the letter, Rezin and Welter emphasize the importance of protecting local jobs and the region’s energy infrastructure.

“The news of a potential shutdown of two of our nuclear power plants is extremely concerning to me and no doubt to the individuals and families who would be directly impacted,” said Sen. Rezin. “Not only do these facilities stimulate Illinois’ labor income and employment, but they also provide huge amounts to the local property tax base, supporting our school districts, higher education and local government. It is my hope that Exelon answers our call for a meeting so that we can begin the process of establishing a path forward.” 

“Just over two years ago, the state approved a multi-billion dollar package for Exelon to keep their nuclear power plants in the Quad Cities and Clinton open,” Representative Welter said. “The potential closure of Dresden and Braidwood jeopardizes thousands of jobs critical to families.  Our local nuclear plants are an integral component of Illinois’ energy infrastructure. I am deeply concerned by Exelon’s statement and will fight to protect the future of workers at the Dresden and Braidwood stations.”
Rep. David Welter discusses legislation with a colleague on
the floor of the House of Representatives.
Serving three nuclear power plants and a natural gas facility in the most energy-oriented legislative district in Illinois, State Representative David Allen Welter, R-Morris, has been appointed Republican Spokesperson on the Energy & Environment Committee for the 2019-2021 legislative term. Welter’s district includes Exelon’s LaSalle County Generating Station, Dresden Generating Station in Grundy County, and Braidwood Generating Station in Will County as well as Dynegy’s natural gas generating facility in Kendall County.

The Spokesperson is responsible for leading the efforts of the minority caucus within each committee; including questioning witnesses who provide testimony at committee hearings, being the lead advocate for caucus positions on legislation assigned to that committee, and negotiating with the Committee Chairperson to reach bipartisan consensus on as many bills as possible. 

“Serving as Spokesperson on the Energy & Environment Committee will enable me to play a leading role in legislation that impacts our local energy industry and the thousands of jobs they support in our community,” Welter said. “On the environment, I will work to preserve and strengthen the quality of our natural lands and state parks including Starved Rock in LaSalle County, Silver Springs in Kendall County, Channahon State Park in Will County, William G. Stratton in Morris, and the Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area in Wilmington. I will also be a fierce advocate to ensure the state remains a responsible steward of clean air and safe water throughout our local ecosystem. We can achieve a lot over the next two years working with the new Governor and his administration on a bipartisan basis.”