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12 Runoffs in the SC Legislative Primaries Instant Runoff Voting Would Save Time and Money

June 12, 2024 Columbia, SC–Nineteen legislative races had more than two candidates in yesterday’s primaries.  Of those, 12 (63%) will require a runoff election in two weeks because no candidate received a majority of votes. In South Carolina every legislative primary election requires a majority-vote winner.  Many local, non-partisan elections also require a majority-winner. “These […]

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Duke Energy seeks settlement with South Carolina PSC over proposed rate hike

WLTX-TV May 20, 2024 Watch Video If approved by the PSC, the average customer would see a monthly increase of $20 starting in August, with an additional $11 increase in two years. Cassidy Bayer COLUMBIA, S.C. — Duke Energy is seeking a settlement agreement with the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) regarding its electric

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Settlement Agreement reached in Duke Energy rate case

Press Release May 17, 2024 Public Service Commission must still approve Columbia, SC—A comprehensive Settlement Agreement was filed today with the SC Public Service Commission (PSC) regarding Duke Energy Carolinas’ electric rate case. Duke had requested a rate increase that would have raised its rates 17.4% for residential customers and 14.8% for small businesses. The

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Opinion: What is Duke Energy Carolinas asking its customers to pay for?

Greenville News May 5, 2024 By Frank Knapp Jr. Duke Energy Carolinas wants to raise your electric rates. In general, the utility’s lowest justifiable costs needed to provide consumers with dependable electricity are typically allowed by the S.C. Public Service Commission (PSC), the state agency that regulates Duke and Dominion Energy. So what costs is

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SC gas pipeline operator seeks big rate hike, costs that could flow into your power bills

Post and Courier May 2, 2024 By Tony Bartelme Carolina Gas Transmission is seeking a roughly 85 percent increase in rates to supply utilities and industries in South Carolina with natural gas. The requested hike potentially adds tens of millions of dollars in costs to transport natural gas here — costs that eventually flow into

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Editorial: If SC is running out of power, we shouldn’t be paying data centers to move here

Post and Courier April 23, 2024 BY THE EDITORIAL STAFF The proposal to eliminate South Carolina’s still-new consumer protections and greenlight a massive new natural gas plant near Canadys has generated counter calls by environmentalists and ratepayer advocates to target one of the state’s biggest emerging energy hogs: computer data centers. First former PSC Commissioner Tom

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SC Small Business Chamber calls for pause on new data centers that drive up energy demand

Press Release April 15, 2024 Below is a statement by Frank Knapp Jr., president and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce regarding the SC Energy Security Act being considered by the SC Legislature.  Also below is other information related to the statement. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————- It is clear that South Carolina will need

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SC Small Business Chamber applauds Senate Judiciary Committee amendment to energy bill

Press Release April 9, 2024 Only one anti-consumer provision remains to be removed Below is a statement of Frank Knapp Jr., president and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, regarding the SC Senate Judiciary Committee actions today on House Bill 5118, SC Energy Security Act.  The Committee today met and discussed

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COMMENTARY: SC Senate speeding to do the utilities’ bidding

SC Daily Gazette, April 8, 2024 Post and Courier, April 25, 2024 No time to talk with consumer advocates By Frank Knapp Jr. This past February, the South Carolina House had its first public hearing on House Bill 5118, dubbed the SC Energy Security Act, which had been introduced only 12 day earlier. The bill

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ACTION ALERT!!!! CALL/EMAIL STATE SENATORS BEFORE 4/9/24

April 7, 2024 ACTION ALERT!!!! CALL/EMAIL STATE SENATORS BEFORE 4/9/24 STOP ANTI-CONSUMER ENERGY BILL THAT WILL GUARANTEE HIGHER ELECTRIC RATES!   This week the SC Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to debate H.5118, the anti-consumer legislation masquerading as an energy security act. Here is what the bill will do: –The bill would fire the current

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