Judge mulls ruling in lawsuit challenging utility rate cuts

South Carolina News

(WJBF) – A Federal judge is refusing to end a lawsuit of a temporary rate cut…. for South Carolina Electric and Gas customers 

This stems from those two failed nuclear reactors.

SCE&G customers continue to pay for them. 

Thursday’s ruling means the 15 percent rate reduction may not make it to customer’s bills next week.

SCE&G claims the state did not follow the law, that permitted them to raise rates to pay for the reactors. 

The judge says the utility company has the right to sue. 

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(AP) – A federal judge in South Carolina is considering whether she’ll grant a power company’s request to keep its customers on the hook for a multibillion-dollar nuclear project failure.


U.S. District Court Judge Michelle Childs presided this week over a hearing in a lawsuit filed by South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. The utility is seeking to stop implementation of a law slashing its rates by 15 percent.
  
SCE&G says the law ordering the temporary cut is unconstitutional. Media outlets report Childs said Tuesday she’d rule before August 7, the date rate cuts go into effect.
  
SCE&G and state-owned utility Santee Cooper abandoned the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station project last year following the bankruptcy of contractor Westinghouse. SCE&G ratepayers have already paid more than $2 billion toward the project.

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