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S.C. lawmakers continue tight grip on PSC elections

September 23, 2020


By RICK BRUNDRETT For many South Carolinians, the size of their utility bills ultimately rests with state lawmakers. Not only do legislators elect the seven-member S.C. Public Service Commission, which, among other things, sets utility rates for investor-owned gas and electric utilities, but they also control the nomination of PSC candidates. Those who want to […]

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Jet-setting PSC members attended events with ties to regulated companies

February 7, 2020


By RICK BRUNDRETT From 2014 through 2018, four sitting S.C. Public Service Commission members collectively accepted more than $90,000 in trips and meals funded in part by utility industry trade groups, several of which have ties to companies regulated by the PSC, a review by The Nerve found. And two of the commissioners who are […]

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

January 19, 2018

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Good job

  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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