Public Service Commission, my thumb!

February 13, 2009 at 11:32 pm 1 comment

rate-payers-blog

This week, the South Carolina Public Service Commission ignored all reason and public sentiment in granting South Carolina Electric & Gas a blank check to start charging rate payers for the construction of two new nuclear reactors that are not near fully permitted.  Two reactors that may never be fully built, that may never come online, and still we will pay the 37% rate increase (which could inflate to as high as a 75% as costs inevitably increase) with no hope of  redress.  It’s a pathetically premature move on behalf of the PSC and one that reveals their unwavering loyalty to the utilities and big industry. After an extensive, and at times painfully lengthy hearing process, in which citizen after citizen testified, demanding that SCE&G be required to actually address the potential of energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy in their application before the PSC, that the PSC in no way allow the utility the right to charge its ratepayers for such a boondoggle of a project, the commissioners put on their most patronizing smiles to thank the public for its participation and input.  They then, promptly and unanimously voted against the public and in favor of SCE&G.

Prepared citizens dressed in costume as “nuclear bailout victims” and “fleeced ratepayers” in hopes that they’d look foolish when the PSC made the right decision.  Unfortunately, our theater wasn’t the only one at play in the PSC meeting room and, ultimately, we weren’t the ones looking foolish.  Puppets of industry, seven supposed public servants sold SCE&G ratepayers down the river.  To check out footage of the hearing/protest, visit: WISTV Columbia and to read more about the decision, visit: The State.  And to fight back, visit the SCE&G Ratepayers Strike group.

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Entry filed under: climate justice, corruption, direct action, nuclear, southcarolina, southern energy network.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Ashley  |  October 26, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Are the PSC elected in the public elections? Cause something seriously needs to be done. This is like my third rate hike in six months! It’s getting to be ridiculous!

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