Dominion Energy is fighting state officials over an estimated $442 million tax bill that is allegedly owed for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project.
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The state's three major power providers are trying to figure out how long they should keep their existing plants running and what they'll need to do to replace them.
South Carolina's governor wants Dominion Energy to withdraw its request to collect an extra $178 million per year from its power customers in the state.
Utility regulators on the Public Service Commission scheduled three virtual hearings to allow Dominion's roughly 753,000 electric ratepayers in the state to voice their opinions.
A special committee of state lawmakers reviewed more than 40 candidates for the four open seats, which are broken up by Congressional districts. And it eventually determined that 10 of those candidates were qualified for the job.
Dominion took over S.C. Electric & Gas and its parent company, SCANA Corp., last year. As part of that takeover, the Virginia-based company inherited everything from SCE&G, including the opportunity to profit off of investments that were made over the past eight years.
The request would raise the monthly bill for a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatts by about $9.68.
NextEra laid out demands in its offer to buy Santee Cooper, but one part of the deal troubles lawmakers still haunted by the V.C. Summer nuclear plant failure that cost customers billions.
The Solar Energy Industry Association called the regulators' rulings "egregious." And the Conservation Voters of South Carolina referred to the decisions as a "doomsday scenario" for the industry.
The bids received by the Legislature varied. Some of the corporations want to take over parts of the public utility. Some offered to sell power to Santee Cooper. Others offered to manage its power plants and the electric lines going to its roughly 179,000 direct customers.