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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Illinois legislature on Thursday edged closer to approving a deal that would save two Exelon Corp nuclear power plants from closing beginning on Monday after the House speaker announced his support for a deal added to a state energy bill.

House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, a Democrat, said the amendment “prioritizes our climate, equitable job preservation and creation and ethics reform.”

Exelon has said it will close its Byron nuclear plant on Sept. 13 and Dresden in November if a state or federal program does not come to the rescue. U.S. nuclear plants have been struggling to compete with wind and solar farms and plants that burn low-cost natural gas.

Welch said in statement he hopes to see the “same broad bipartisan support in the House for this historic piece of legislation” that the amendment generated among advocacy groups. It was uncertain if the House and Senate, which both have Democratic majorities, would approve the wider legislation.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, has said he would sign the legislation if it reaches his desk.

(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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