After nuclear fiasco, South Carolina pins hopes on solar power

A South Carolina lawmaker is proposing a way to help smaller power companies and utility customers as the state continues to deal with fallout from a multi-billion dollar nuclear construction debacle

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SWANSEA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker is proposing a way to help smaller power companies and utility customers as the state continues to deal with fallout from a multi-billion dollar nuclear construction debacle.

Beaufort Sen. Tom Davis tells The Associated Press he's filed a bill to require utilities to buy wholesale power from independent power producers if the smaller companies can make the power more affordable.

If the smaller companies like solar providers can produce power more cheaply than big utilities, Davis says they can then sell cheap power to the bigger utilities, which can then pass savings onto its customers.

Energy debate has dominated much of this year's legislative session in South Carolina following the $9 billion failure of an effort to build new reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station.

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