About 100 SCE&G customers packed into a hearing room Monday night to vent their frustrations and plead for permanent rate relief from a failed nuclear expansion project that will never generate power.
Monday’s hearing before the S.C. Public Service Commission was the first of three scheduled across the state to hear testimony from customers before commissioners consider whether to approve Virginia-based Dominion Energy’s pending merger with SCE&G’s parent company SCANA and how much the company can charge ratepayers for the abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear project, if at all.
“All you doing is ripping us off,” SCE&G customer and Columbia resident Queen Lewis told the utilities’ lawyers. “Now, we are suffering for it.”
Lewis said she’s forced to keep her thermostat at between 82 to 86 degrees in the summer and 66 to 67 degrees in the winter to avoid a costly power bill she says still remains “sky high,” because of rate increases approved to pay for the failed nuclear expansion.