SCANA and I

I have to admit this is one crisis, I along with everyone else, was not planning for nor could foresee. I still remember hearing the news that the plant would not move forward and thinking of all the lost jobs and money. After all, I spent nearly 10 years working nuclear waste in the early 1990s, and it was the reason for my relocation here from Arizona in 1998. I know the impact this news has on the nuclear workers and also know there is always a pricetag to pay for mothballing a plant, even if it never had fuel loaded into it.

To add to the issue, none of us were aware of the agreement that the General Assembly had signed into law called the “Base Load Review Act”, which guarantees payment by us, the ratepayers, even if this project fails. This includes a margin of profit, which just adds to my feeling that the solution is not easy when the legislators that voted for the “Base Load Review Act” are still making decisions. I have to ask why?

During a meeting where a representative from the South Carolina Attorney General’s office attended, one of the questions asked by a person in the audience was about the “Base Load Review Act” and if it is legal. The representative explained that four members of the house of representatives requested an Attorney General's opinion, and back on September 26, 2017, Solicitor General Bob Cook issued a 57-page opinion. I have put a couple of items from that report below, but would encourage everyone to read the report for yourself.

Here is the link to the report: http://2hsvz0l74ah31vgcm16peuy12tz.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Corrected-OS-10190-Opinion-9-26-2017-01479070xD2C78.pdf-01479103xD2C78.pdf

Base Load Review Act - 1
Base Load Review Act - 2

One of the leading organizations that are staying on top of the issues with this is the South Carolina Policy Council. They do a lot of research and say they are a new kind of Think Tank. Here is a link to their updated story: https://www.scpolicycouncil.org/research/the-sc-energy-crisis-an-update

After reading this report, I cannot see how the General Assembly approved the “Base Load Review Act” and personally feel this should be nullified regardless of what SCANA does or if Dominion purchases this company.