Tuesday letters: Utility dictating rules and rates

June 25, 2013 

— SCE&G wants to increase its rates to help pay for the construction of two new nuclear power plants and new air scrubbers at its coal plants to meet EPA standards. Basically we’ll have to pay more to meet the increasing demands for energy.

Yet earlier this year SCE&G fought hard against legislation that would make it easier for solar power companies to install residential solar power systems. With the great influence SCE&G has, naturally the proposal died.

So after SCE&G fought against a concept that would reduce the demands on our power grid and reduce its cost of electricity production, it wants to charge us more in order to meet power demands? This is like putting up a road block with detours directed toward a toll booth. It sounds a lot like a monopoly where SCE&G makes the rules and sets the rates that we are forced to pay, because we have only one option for electricity.

Henry Ivey West III

Columbia

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