The South Carolina House is set to take up legislation this week that could replace the state’s seven utility regulators while the Senate slowly begins to respond to the state’s nuclear fiasco. Four weeks after returning to Columbia, the legislative agenda continues to revolve around the cancellation of the V.C. Summer project in Fairfield County, which saddled the state with a $9 billion tab for two useless nuclear reactors. As debate continues, lawmakers have yet to cast a vote on the most controversial topic: the repeal of the Base Load Review Act — the 2007 law that allowed Cayce-based SCANA to charge customers for the reactors before the power plants were finished.
Post & Courier 29th Jan 2018 read more »
As Donald Trump launches his latest assault on renewable energy—imposing a 30 percent tariff on solar panels imported from China—a major crisis in the nuclear power industry is threatening to shut four high-profile reactors, with more shutdowns to come. These closures could pave the way for thousands of new jobs in wind and solar, offsetting at least some of the losses from Trump’s attack. Like nearly everything else Trump does, the hike in duties makes no rational sense. Bill McKibben summed it up, tweeting: “Trump imposes 30% tariff on imported solar panels—one more effort to try and slow renewable energy, one more favor for the status quo.”
The Progressive 25th Jan 2018 read more »