Possible SCE&G rate hike on the horizon

With plans to construct two new nuclear plants in Jenkinsville, SC, SCE&G has put in a request raise customers current rate.

Teresa Arnold, the current state director of AARP was shut down on a request with the SC Public Service Commission to hold a hearing in Charleston. The agency allowing for one public hearing at their Columbia location on the 4th of October.

“The PSC basically squashed an opportunity for individuals in the Low Country to voice their opinions at a public hearing in their hometown,” said Teresa Arnold,  “The Public Service Commission has fallen down on it job by rejecting this request to hear from consumers who have suffered with numerous SCE&G rate hike requests,” she said.

“The October 4th hearing in Columbia isn’t really a ‘true’ hearing because it omits a large service area and the hearing will be held in a small room that limits access.”

Estimated cost of the construction is around $852 million.

If you are interested in attending the hearing, it will be held at 101 Executive Center Dr #100 in Columbia.

In an email to News 2, Eric Boomhower, Director of Public Affairs at SCANA Corp. says that SCE&G in June filed a request to revise electric rates under the Base Load Review Act. While AARP did file a comment letter in the revised rates docket (Docket No. 2016-224-E), it did not request a public night hearing. Also, the October 4 hearing is not related to SCE&G’s revised rates docket.

We were also told in May, SCE&G filed a petition seeking approval to update the capital cost schedule as well as the construction milestone schedule for the two nuclear plants being built at V.C. Summer Station in Jenkinsville, S.C.  The October  4 public hearing is related to that update docket, as is AARP’s request for a night hearing.

This docket is not a request to revise electric rates.

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