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Technical colleges dinged

October 6, 2017

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Comparisons raise questions about how well they’re working for whom By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ When it comes to higher ed, powerhouse four-year schools like USC and Clemson understandably get most of the attention in South Carolina and beyond — and much of it is positive, interspersed with concerns about mounting costs. At the same time, in […]

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Fight over reactors continues — in Georgia

September 20, 2017

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Regulators move forward with project similar to V.C. Summer By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Georgia’s Public Service Commission set hearings yesterday to determine whether the Vogtle nuclear facility will be built there, with a decision expected in February. Three weeks ago, the Georgia Power Company told the regulators it wanted to complete the two-reactor project, near Waynesboro. It’s […]

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And poof! nuke econ-develop gone too

September 5, 2017

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Dreams of small reactors, “public-private” partnerships vanish By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ When partners SCANA and Santee Cooper decided to stop work on two V.C. Summer reactors July 31, it left a mountain of debt and a wake of finger-pointing. It also seemed to put the last nail in the coffin of what once had been touted […]

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Georgia’s nukes: ‘We’ll go on’

August 31, 2017

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Is it a ray of light for V.C. Summer? By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ The Georgia Power Company told Georgia regulators today that it wants to finish two nuclear reactors under construction in the state. It’s now the sole new nuclear construction in the U.S., since South Carolina’s SCANA and Santee Cooper abandoned construction of two V.C. […]

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How customers lost the nuke bet — for now

August 30, 2017

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The co-ops’ Mike Couick is angry and hopeful By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Asked to explain his stake in the two abandoned, partly-built nuclear reactors at Jenkinsville, Mike Couick, head of the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, says it’s simple: “My members have got $2.7 billion sunk in the red clay of Fairfield County.” Couick is referring […]

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Listen to your accountant

August 18, 2017

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On spending, how about self-discipline? By BRYCE FIEDLER The state Comptroller General’s office released its annual budget report this week, giving citizens insight into the sources of state revenue and how that money was spent as well as suggestions for future spending. Here’s the bottom line: The government needs to spend less. According to the report, […]

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You could be paying twice for V.C. Summer

August 16, 2017

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The state has some huge electricity bills By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ In the wake of Santee Cooper and SCE&G abandoning construction of two nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer site in Jenkinsville, there’s been a lot of media discussion about who’s to blame and who will pay. The fear for many is that the electricity customers […]

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Access to nuke records blocked

August 10, 2017

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Friends of the Earth says post them all By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Tom Clements of environmentalist group Friends of the Earth has been a longstanding critic of the V.C. Summer nuclear reactor project that went belly-up last week. In May, long before partners Santee Cooper and SCE&G decided to pull the plug on it, he sent […]

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Alarms on nukes fiasco sounded years ago

August 9, 2017

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If only we’d seen that coming By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ When Santee Cooper and SCE&G pulled the plug on their shared project to build two nuclear reactors in Jenkinsville at the beginning of last week, it was a “wow” moment and rightly so. For one thing, several thousand employees were thrown out of work with no […]

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Sketchy bank might owe you money

August 8, 2017

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South Carolinians could be protected from Wells Fargo By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Wells Fargo, the world’s second-largest bank, is facing scrutiny for its unsavory practices yet again, now by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco — and this time it could affect South Carolinians who’ve had auto loans through the bank. Not so long ago Wells […]

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