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You could be paying twice for V.C. Summer

August 16, 2017


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


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


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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See me after class

August 7, 2017

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South Carolinians fall short on education, finance, wealth By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ South Carolina businesses are much more likely to be white-owned than businesses on average in the U.S., and less likely to be owned by women. Does that affect its prosperity? At the same time, businesses owned by men and by whites are more valuable […]

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So your reactors are kaput. Now what?

August 2, 2017


There’s a big mess in Jenkinsville to unbuild By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ The announcement earlier this week that SCE&G and state-owned utility Santee Cooper were pulling the plug on construction of two nuclear reactors in Jenkinsville has left questions that keep multiplying. In the run-up to the decision, one factor driving it was that the partly-completed, […]

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Who pays for failed reactors?

August 1, 2017


V.C. Summer Nuclear Station

Spoiler alert: probably you By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Last week, as the planned construction of two nuclear reactors in South Carolina was enveloped in doubt following the bankruptcy of their contractor, Westinghouse, news came of another planned rate-hike by one of the project’s two partners, the government-owned utility Santee Cooper. Under the proposal, the Santee Cooper […]

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Watching that gas-tax money

July 26, 2017


Comptroller says account will be online By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Once the state gas tax increase went into effect on the first day of July, money began to flow from it and vehicle sales tax and registration fees through various state agencies to the State Treasurer, en route to… To where, precisely, is the question. The […]

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A huge hike to cover troubled nuclear reactors

July 24, 2017


Santee Cooper proposes raising residential rates by almost 10 percent By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility, is notifying customers that it wants to raise its rates by more than 9 percent over the next several years, in part to cover “costs associated with nuclear construction.” The reference is to its share of the $11 […]

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Why is electricity so expensive in South Carolina?

July 20, 2017


We pay more than any other state — but not all of us do By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ In a ranking of states by total energy costs, South Carolina is solidly in the middle, at 24th most expensive. When the costs of electricity, natural gas, motor fuel, and home heating oil are averaged and combined, state […]

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