SOUTH CAROLINA (WFXG) - The North Augusta Chamber of Commerce held a meeting this morning to hear from state representatives. In attendance was State Representative Bill Hixon, Senator Shane Massey, and Senator Tom Young. A major topic of discussion was the V.C. Summer Project. Many people may remember when SCE&G and Santee Cooper abandoned the $14 billion nuclear power project in 2017.
This happened after Westinghouse filled for bankruptcy. Under state law SCE&G was able to charge customers for work before the project. State Representatives say they have enacted a temporarily rate reduction on electricity bills for SCE&G customers and goes in effect for the August bill and they will continue working for the people.
"We didn't have a consumer advocate for the last few years in South Carolina as it related to utilities and utility rates, so we have established a new position for a consumer advocate.", explains
He also says there will be additional reductions for the rest of the year on electrical bills for SCE&G unless the circuit of appeals stops the reduction. The company is attempting to sue to stop reductions.