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Glowing job reviews routine for those who approved V.C. Summer rate hikes

January 19, 2018

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  By RICK BRUNDRETT The S.C. Public Service Commission members who approved nine rate hikes for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project have performed flawlessly in their six-figure jobs – at least in the eyes of the legislative committee that essentially controls them. A review by The Nerve of annual work-performance reviews done by the […]

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Powerful State House panel behind blueprint for South Carolina’s nuclear push

January 17, 2018


PURC Report

By RICK BRUNDRETT Nearly a decade ago, an influential state legislative committee quietly released a report advocating a quick expansion of nuclear energy in South Carolina, claiming, for instance, the small state might face power shortages and blackouts by 2016. Those dire predictions didn’t come true. As the now-abandoned V.C. Summer construction project in Fairfield County […]

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What S.C. lawmakers aren’t telling the public about the failed V.C. Summer project

January 10, 2018


By RICK BRUNDRETT Last summer’s stunning news that South Carolina Electric & Gas and its partner, state-owned Santee Cooper, would abandon a major expansion of the V.C. Summer nuclear plant – after some $9 billion was sunk into the project – sent public officials scrambling for answers in the wake of public outrage. State and […]

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2012 Nerve Story: Critics Question Rate Increases for Nuclear Plant

December 12, 2017


V.C. Summer Nuclear Station

In 2012, an intern at The Nerve asked editor Rick Brundrett if she could do a story on a utility law called the Base Load Review Act. Katie Geer wanted to explore the law that allowed SCANA to charge customers up front to build two nuclear plants. Back then, no one was writing much about […]

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Technical colleges dinged

October 6, 2017


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


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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Public Service Commissioner Screenings Suspended Indefinitely

September 15, 2017



Screening process would be “redundant” By HANNAH HILL and BRYCE FIEDLER The screening process for the Public Service Commission (PSC), the board that regulates the state’s private utilities, has been suspended “until further notice.” The PSC is a central player in the recently abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear construction project, and had primary control of the […]

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And poof! nuke econ-develop gone too

September 5, 2017


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


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


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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