BRIEFS: Busy week on the nuclear front, more

BRIEFS: Busy week on the nuclear front, more

Statehouse Report
August 3, 2018

Staff reports 

It’s been a busy week for all thing nuclear that are related to the multi-billion-dollar demise of the V.C. Summer nuclear plants in Fairfield County.

  • And on Tuesday, attorneys working for organizations supporting ratepayers filed a motion to let customers find out if they must continue to pay for the failed nuclear project before any merger with Dominion.

“Deciding whether the Dominion deal offers any benefits before first deciding whether customers owe a single penny for SCE&G’s $5 billion hole in the ground is putting the cart before the horse,” said Will Cleveland, an attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center, in a press release. “Only after we know the full cost can we get a complete understanding of whether a merger with Dominion is in the customers’ best interest.”

Frank Knapp, president and CEO of the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce, said he supported the motion: “We believe that it is in the best interest of all SCE&G ratepayers to resolve the issue of permanent rate reduction of electric rates for the utility in light of the abandoned nuclear plant issue.  Only then should the Public Service commission hold a hearing on the proposed merger between Dominion Energy and SCANA.”