Lawmakers Explore Feasibility of Selling Santee Cooper

Feb 8, 2019

Members of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus conduct a news conference on Wednesday, Feb.6, 2019 at the Statehouse.
Credit Russ McKinney/SC Public Radio

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The fallout from the 2017 V.C. Summer Nuclear failure continues at the Statehouse. This year lawmakers are dealing with what may be the hard part of unwinding the debacle;  what to do about state owned utility Santee Cooper.

When the VC Summer project went belly-up in 2017,  Santee Cooper’s share of the debt for the project was $4 Billion, increasing its' total debt to $8 Billion.  The nuclear debacle immediately led to renewed calls by some for the state to sell Santee Cooper.  A special committee considering its’ future is set to begin reviewing proposals from entities interested in buying.

And, a joint session of the House and Senate this week turned ugly when some black lawmakers briefly walked out of the chamber upset over judicial elections.