September 5, 2017

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And poof! nuke econ-develop gone too

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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September 1, 2017

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School busybodies

Legislators: stop fussing with education By HANNAH HILL $12,007: That’s how much South Carolina spent on average per K-12 pupil in fiscal year 2014-15. Earlier this week the Education Oversight Committee’s Melanie Barton and the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs office’s Frank Rainwater explained to lawmakers how those dollars are collected and divvied up among South […]

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August 31, 2017

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Georgia’s nukes: ‘We’ll go on’

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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August 30, 2017

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How customers lost the nuke bet — for now

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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August 25, 2017

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An agency that doesn’t even work on paper

Time to bid ORS adieu By HANNAH HILL During this week’s legislative energy committee meetings, executive director of the Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) Dukes Scott stated that the statutory duties of the ORS conflict at times. The ORS is the entity tasked by state law to “represent the public interest of South Carolina” before […]

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August 18, 2017

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Listen to your accountant

South Carolina State Pension

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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August 16, 2017

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You could be paying twice for V.C. Summer

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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August 11, 2017

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Where was the utilities committee?

Somebody wasn’t doing something By HANNAH HILL Earlier this week the House speaker and the Senate president pro tem each created special legislative committees in response to the abandonment of the V.C. Summer nuclear project. Speaker Jay Lucas said in his press release that “The only responsible path forward is to comprehensively study the issue,” […]

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August 10, 2017

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Access to nuke records blocked

foia bill

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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August 9, 2017

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Alarms on nukes fiasco sounded years ago

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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