Post Tagged with: "Santee Cooper"

Abortion rights supporters protested outside the Statehouse this week to urge Gov. Nikki Haley to veto a ban on almost all abortions after 19 weeks.  She didn’t.  More below in this weeks’ news analysis.  (Photo provided.)

NEWS BRIEFS:  Abortion politics; Dissecting a meltdown; Pressure play

Gov. Henry McMaster on Friday morning issued an executive order halting any local or state funds that go toward the state’s three abortion providers. He is also seeking to exclude the clinics from the state’s Medicaid provider network. Also inside:
* The latest on the debacle over two nuclear plants.
* A councilman wants a House seat.

by · 08/25/2017 · News, News briefs
Construction at the Summer site.

NEWS BRIEFS: Nuclear fallout at Statehouse, a Q&A and impact of life sciences

In the wake of billions spent on nuclear reactors that will remain unfinished for the foreseeable future, South Carolina lawmakers this week established a bipartisan caucus, and others will reconvene for a special Senate committee meeting this month.

On Monday, Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) abandoned the over-budget V.C. Summer project that has already cost $9 billion. Some of that money was raised by SCE&G on the backs of ratepayers, enabled by a 2007 act by the General Assembly.

Also: Six Questions with Santee Cooper and the impact of the life sciences industry in S.C.

by · 08/03/2017 · News, News briefs
Construction at the Summer site.

NEWS: Will S.C.’s new reactors melt down like roads, pensions?

By Bill Davis, senior editor | There are several “nightmare scenarios” swirling around two incomplete and incredibly expensive nuclear reactors being built in the Midlands in Jenkinsville and what damage they could do to ratepayers’ wallets.

The ongoing work on the reactors, a joint effort of Santee Cooper and SCE&G, at the V.C. Sumner facility appears to be over budget and behind schedule, according to company documents.

But what’s more concerning to many is that the company building the reactors, Westinghouse, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the face of what may be billions of dollars of corporate losses. Westinghouse’s parent company, Japan’s Toshiba, has promised an unknown amount of money to help guarantee completion, according to published reports.

by · 04/21/2017 · News
HISTORY: S.C. Public Service Authority

HISTORY: S.C. Public Service Authority

The South Carolina Public Service Authority was established by the General Assembly in 1934 with the power to provide for navigation and flood control on the Santee, Congaree and Cooper Rivers; to generate electricity; to reclaim swampland; and to reforest the state’s watersheds. The prospect of using New Deal funds to build a hydroelectric generating station in the Lowcountry excited many of that area’s powerful legislators. These men envisioned a small industrial empire in the Lowcountry, supplied with Santee Cooper power. They created the Public Service Authority to negotiate with and receive funding from the federal government.

SCORECARD: From Tinkler to Trump

SCORECARD: From Tinkler to Trump

Thumbs up Tinkler. Good idea by state Rep. Mary Tinkler, D-Charleston, to have private donations pay for the display of the Confederate flag in the state’s Relic Room. Sounds like a Democrat using a Republican tactic — private funding — […]

by · 12/11/2015 · Features, Scorecard
SCORECARD: From big bucks to Santee Cooper to Corley

SCORECARD: From big bucks to Santee Cooper to Corley

Scorecard on $3.5 billion in road money, Gov. Nikki Haley, abortion, Santee Cooper, museum commission, gun violence, Chris Corley

by · 12/04/2015 · Features, Scorecard
BRACK: More energy options are a good deal

BRACK: More energy options are a good deal

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | An energy revolution is underway in South Carolina and you may not even realize it. Just look at recent news headlines on wind energy, energy efficiency, nuclear power and solar power.

by · 09/11/2015 · Andy Brack, Commentary
NEWS: New day for solar in South Carolina

NEWS: New day for solar in South Carolina

By Bill Davis, senior editor | South Carolina may finally be ready for solar power.

C. Dukes Scott, executive director at the S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) announced this week that his office, which oversees utilities and other power-generating issues, has finally put the finishing touches on its process for guiding the expansion of solar power in South Carolina.

For years, solar regulation was left in the hands of the utilities, and critics contended they slow-footed the process so they wouldn’t lose any power, pun intended, to citizens generating their own.

by · 09/04/2015 · News