Nuclear Subsidy Bill Re-Engineered as Three Separate Measures

Trying to break an impasse, lawmakers and the governor’s office have apparently agreed to jointly move three bills to subsidize nuclear power, promote clean energy, and revive an offshore wind project off Atlantic City.

The bills, expected to be introduced yesterday but not yet available, aim to advance a key priority of Senate President Steven Sweeney to prop up nuclear power plants in South Jersey, as well as enact significant parts of Gov. Phil Murphy’s ambitious clean-energy agenda.

Those issues were tied together in a single bill, but that proved too comprehensive, hugely controversial, and much too expensive to garner enough support in the Legislature. Advocates hope to push the separate bills through before lawmakers break for their budget deliberations at the end of this month.

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