Following South Carolina’s 2017 nuclear debacle, the General Assembly has shown no interest in opening up the energy marketplace on behalf of ratepayers.
One of the state’s major utilities is fighting for its life. Lawmakers helped salvage SCANA last week—indirectly—after defeating a measure to lift a two percent cap on rooftop solar electricity generation. The measure would have facilitated the expansion of solar energy generation statewide.
It’s debatable whether it’s moral in the first place for the law to require—as it currently does—utilities to provide energy credits for solar customers in the first place. But blocking the expansion of solar won’t fix our energy woes.
It shouldn’t surprise us, however. Government manipulating the marketplace is routine.
Just take a look—
The measure was defeated because it lacked a two-thirds majority needed for approval.
The best lawmakers can do for us is to remove blockades to economic growth. Otherwise, they should stop building the economy on the shaky foundation of their own ideals. They’re just not qualified for it.