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Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant

(Harrisburg) — The question of whether to rescue Pennsylvania’s nuclear power plants could dominate debate in the state Capitol this spring, and that’s of keen interest to hundreds of thousands of rural electric cooperative members. 

Electric cooperatives own a 10 percent stake in Susquehanna nuclear power plant in northeastern Pennsylvania, and Susquehanna supplies 60 percent of the cooperatives’ electricity.

The stakes are this: If Susquehanna goes under, members of the cooperatives can expect a big increase in their electric bills.

If lawmakers pass nuclear-friendly legislation, the cooperatives will bring in more revenue, and members won’t pay the rate increases that Pennsylvania’s other electric customers will foot.

Opponents say Susquehanna is profitable right now, and question whether it deserves what they call a bailout.