The massive plan to build two new nuclear reactors in South Carolina turned into a monumental political and economic failure. Here’s what happened and why, starting with 10 key articles in this saga.

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A new committee could advocate for the state to break up the electric utilities into two distinct groups: companies that own power plants and others that manage the lines that transport electricity to people's homes and businesses. Legislators will also review the idea of giving every power customer in the state the ability to choose which company they buy electricity from. 

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A panel of state lawmakers vetted 17 other PSC candidates earlier this year, and decided six of them met the qualifications for the utility commission. Lawmakers then voted to reopen the search process last month in order to give themselves a wider pool of candidates to choose from. 

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At first glance, Florida-based NextEra’s mammoth offer for Santee Cooper includes a whopping $1.1 billion in cash “for the benefit of the state.” But upon closer inspection, the deal shows that money could be swallowed up by long-term liabilities NextEra plans to leave with the state as it privatizes the 86-year-old electric and water utility.

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