SCE&G needs to be accountable, say legislators at press conference with fired workers

Republican and Democrats legislators, with fired employees on hand, held a press conference at the S.C. State House Wednesday, demanding more accountability from SCE&G.

The energy giant abandoned an effort to build two nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear station in Fairfield County this week.

“There absolutely needs to be wholesale changes in leadership,” said West Columbia Rep. Micah Caskey. He referred to the Public Service Commission as the “puppet service commission”after it allowed for nine rate increases for SCE&G customers to finance the now-abandoned nuclear reactor project.

“You deserve better,” Rep. James Smith, a Columbia Democrat said.

The legislators said they are forming an “energy caucus” to force changes

More than 20 workers from the project who lost their jobs also came to the press conference, wearing their work safety vests. Halting the $14 billion project resulted in more than 5,000 people losing their jobs.

Rep. Kirkman Finlay, a Columbia Republican, said the leaders at SCE&G need to be held accountable.

Micah Caskey in photo.