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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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People who live in glass houses…

December 1, 2017

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Lawmakers are against wasteful spending – in the counties By HANNAH HILL In a House Ways and Means subcommittee meeting this week, state lawmakers expressed great concern about the responsibility of county spending practices. Let’s be clear: County spending habits are technically no concern of the state, from a jurisdictional perspective. However, the law requires […]

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Taking the Honest Approach

November 17, 2017


South Carolina Pension

Fixing South Carolina’s pension system requires realism By BRYCE FIEDLER The Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) – the agency responsible for administering the state’s retirement plans – recently released its annual report assessing the South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS). In a huge upswing from previous years, the state’s pension investments performed very well during FY16-17, […]

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Legislative Power-Sharing – with the People?

November 3, 2017


SC House Energy Committee

Lawmakers want to even the playing field between themselves and the people By HANNAH HILL “…When we have to go back to the ratepayers and explain what we’ve done and things like that, you know the first thing they’re gonna say is ‘Well, why’s it three/two? Why can’t we be at the same table?’” – […]

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You gotta serve someone

October 7, 2017


In the nukes debacle, Santee Cooper seemed alone and sleepy By BRYCE FIEDLER Chairman Russel Ott appeared frustrated sitting across from outgoing Santee Cooper CEO Lonnie Carter during Tuesday’s House Utility Ratepayer Protection committee hearing. “So you don’t know why the board’s not here?” asked Ott. “I didn’t know they were invited. I don’t think […]

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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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The unseen cost of buying jobs

September 22, 2017

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This is economic development at its finest. By BRYCE FIEDLER Since it secured the Volvo manufacturing plant back in July of 2015, the state has been celebrating its achievement with promises of stellar economic growth and thousands of jobs for the Berkeley County area. A spokesman for Berkeley County was asked if taxpayers would be […]

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