So SCE&G spends billions on a nuclear boondoggle, passes the cost on to us and plans to continue to charge us for it even after the project has been abandoned?
We customers have no recourse, it seems, because SCE&G is a monopoly. Or is it?
On every sunny day, SCE&G’s biggest competitor wakes up early in the east and stays busy over our heads until dusk. Solar panels might be one of the strongest forms of protest against monopolistic utilities.
I encourage the new Legislative Energy Caucus to look into ways we can fight back, through solar and other renewables. A few ideas to kick things off:
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1. Force SCE&G to offer low- or no-interest financing for solar installations.
2. Require that SCE&G pay fair-market value for electricity generated by these installations.
3. Reduce or eliminate the monthly fees SCE&G charges to read the meters and “administer” these installations.
Competition is good for the economy and for customers. It’s time SCE&G had some.