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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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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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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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SC House advances controversial energy reform bill; fight anticipated in Senate

Post and Courier March 27, 2024 By Nick Reynolds COLUMBIA — Kicking off debate on a sweeping energy policy reform bill that lawmakers have painted as a solution to the state’s looming energy crisis, Belton Republican Rep. Jay West — one of the bill’s principal architects — talked his colleagues in the state House of Representatives through

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Small businesses are not supporting SC Energy Security Act in the House

For Immediate Release March 27, 2024 Below is a statement of Frank Knapp Jr., president, CEO and co-founder of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, regarding House Bill 5118, the South Carolina Energy Security Act, which is on the SC House calendar. —————————————————————————————————————— Yesterday I read a story about the SC Chamber of

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Southern Lawmakers Rethink Long-Standing Opposition to Medicaid Expansion

KFF Health News, February 16, 2024 CBS News, February 16, 2024 US News & World Report, February 18, 2024 The Moultrie Observer, March 3, 2024 By Daniel Chang and Andy Miller Patrick Dunnagan of Raleigh, North Carolina, hasn’t been able to work for years because of kidney disease and chronic pain. When North Carolina on Dec. 1 became

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Conservative groups bash effort to allow ranked-choice voting

Post & Courier January 26, 2024 By Nick Reynolds COLUMBIA — South Carolina lawmakers are considering bipartisan legislation to allow municipalities the option to adopt a ranked-choice “instant runoff” system to elect some local offices amid concerns over high-cost, low-turnout runoff elections some communities face each year. The bill, sponsored by Columbia Democratic Rep. Jermaine Johnson and Easley

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SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce supports Senate Bill 855

January 9, 2024 The Honorable Tom Davis, Chairman SC Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee 203 Gressette Building Columbia, SC  29201 Re: Senate Bill 855 Dear Senator Davis, The SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce supports Senate Bill 855. The bill calls for the creation of the Healthcare Market Reform Measures Study Committee to “study whether to

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Charleston’s wet winter has begun. Here’s why, and what it means for coming months.

Post and Courier December 26, 2023 By Toby Cox According to the National Weather Service, downtown Charleston typically sees 2.41 inches of rain in December. This year, the city has seen 5.18 inches as of Dec. 25, with additional rain forecast through the end of the month and into the new year. “We have this

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