The History Behind South Carolina’s Nuclear Debacle

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What happens when lawmakers and industry craft a large, complicated bill and then rush it through the legislature without reading it?

We saw the consequences in South Carolina. That's where two utilities in the state walked away from a nuclear plant they were building – leaving ratepayers to foot the bill and putting thousands of people out of work. It's the result of a piece of legislation quietly passed a decade ago.

In this week's episode of The Energy Gang, we'll look at the political factors that led to South Carolina's nuclear debacle.

Then, we'll review two newly-published features about Louisiana – one on

What happens when lawmakers and industry craft a large, complicated bill and then rush it through the legislature without reading it?

We saw the consequences in South Carolina. That's where two utilities in the state walked away from a nuclear plant they were building – leaving ratepayers to foot the bill and putting thousands of people out of work. It's the result of a piece of legislation quietly passed a decade ago.

In this week's episode of The Energy Gang, we'll look at the political factors that led to South Carolina's nuclear debacle.

Then, we'll review two newly-published features about Louisiana – one on the state's disastrous environmental record, and the other on the slow recovery after last year’s record-breaking floods.

We'll start the show off with a quick peek at the latest Tesla news, including the Model 3 unveiling and a major bond issuance.

This podcast is sponsored by Mission Solar Energy, a solar module manufacturer based in San Antonio, Texas. Visit Mission Solar at the upcoming Solar Power International conference at Booth 3975. You can find out more about Mission’s American-made, high-power modules at missionsolar.com.

Recommended reading:

  • The State: How SC Lawmakers Passed a 2007 Law That Failed Power Customers
  • Longreads: The Louisiana Environmental Apocalypse Road Trip
  • Climate Central: Disaster and Neglect in Louisiana

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