SC utility faces new court challenge to nuke plant

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A group of industrial power customers is challenging a South Carolina utility's plan to build two nuclear reactors.

S.C. Energy Users' case against South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. will be heard on Tuesday by the state Supreme Court.

The group is challenging the nearly half-billion dollars in contingency costs that are included in a rate increase regulators approved last year. The company is charging electricity customers an average of 2.5 percent more each year over 10 years to help pay for the $10 billion reactors.

The high court heard another challenge last month from an environmental group saying regulators should have given SCE&G's request greater scrutiny because it's the first time a company has been allowed to charge for a plant before it has been built.

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