Ratepayers and more than 5,000 workers who lost their jobs in July, after two utilities abruptly abandoned a Jenkinsville nuclear project, can voice complaints this Tuesday.
A special 20-member House committee is investigating the events that led to state-owned Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric and Gas abandoning the construction of two nuclear reactors after spending nine years on the project.
A 2007 law made it easier for the utilities to fund the project through a series of rate hikes totaling $2 billion. Officials will have to prove the spending was imprudent for customers to recoup losses. SCE&G’s parent company, SCANA has maintained its spending and handling of the project was prudent at any given point.
A similar Senate committee is scheduled to meet in October.
The House committee will hear from the public on the Statehouse campus at 10:30 a.m. For further details, visit scstatehouse.gov.