State Rep. Bart Blackwell, R-Aiken, spent Wednesday evening previewing what he believes to be the big ticket items of the 2018 legislative session.
According to Blackwell, the V.C. Summer energy debacle will “dominate” the months to come.
Six bills have already been filed regarding the failed nuclear expansion: H4375, regarding SCE&G payment rates; H4376, an attempt to reform Santee Cooper; H4377, which calls for revised Public Service Commission membership and qualifications; H4378, which would create a utilities oversight committee; H4379, a bill that creates a consumer advocate under the attorney general; and H4380, a demand that SCANA issue refunds to ratepayers.
Of all six, Blackwell said the ratepayer refund would be the most unlikely to actually happen – at least for now.
“We don’t know, ultimately, what that might look like,” Blackwell told the crowd that had assembled at Leavelle McCampbell Middle School. “Even if the bill passes, it will still be fought out in the courts.”
Blackwell said the bill, H4380, was spawned from constituent complaints: “They contacted a lot of us and said, ‘We want our 18 percent