GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A government-sanctioned group’s declaration that all of South Carolina is now drought-free is finding disagreement from the Upstate’s chief electricity provider.
The state’s drought response committee last week cited rainfall, lake levels, and near-term rain forecasts for lifting South Carolina out of drought.
The Greenville News reports Duke Energy isn’t ready to act on the drought-free judgment for Keowee and Jocassee lakes that cool its three reactors at the Oconee Nuclear Station.
Duke Energy says residents along Lake Keowee are still limited to irrigating lawns twice a week and Lake Jocassee is still 14 feet below full. The company says its forecast calls for below-normal rainfall into September, meaning lake levels aren’t likely to improve.