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SC Conservation Community to Host Urgent Energy Advocacy Day in Opposition of H.5118

COLUMBIA, S.C.—South Carolinians are gathering for an urgent energy advocacy day at the Statehouse on Tuesday, February 27. This event directly opposes H.5118, which presents significant risks for the state’s energy future. Most notable is the proposed authorization for a ‘blank check’ to build a massive combined cycle gas plant in Canadys, a site in Colleton County near the banks of the Edisto River. This project would tie ratepayers to cost volatility, pollution, and public health impacts until around 2070. 

Concerned citizens from across the state are invited to gather at the Statehouse to testify and ask lawmakers to vote “no” and halt utilities from proceeding with this risky and expensive megaproject. 

Energy Advocacy Day Details

  • When: Tue, Feb 27, 1:00 pm
  • Where: Advocates will gather outside the Statehouse (south side, Pendleton St.) for brief remarks before heading to the Blatt Building, Room 403, to testify  

Key Points

  • Blank Check Authorization: H.5118 essentially provides a ‘blank check’ for a gas plant megaproject with undisclosed costs and uncertain logistics. This is especially alarming considering the hard lessons learned from the V.C. Summer disaster. 
  • Reduced Oversight: H.5118 limits public input and weakens the power of the Public Service Commission (PSC), allowing utilities to push projects through without sufficient review or accountability. 
  • Better Alternatives: A recent independent study casts doubt on the necessity of a gas plant, suggesting that cheaper and cleaner alternatives still haven’t been adequately considered.
  • Volatile Commodity: Gas prices are subject to international events, exposing South Carolinians to unpredictable fluctuations in energy costs that are completely out of our control.
  • No Regard for South Carolinians: Utilities bear no risk for this project; they can pass 100% of the cost onto ratepayers. Gambling with someone else’s money does not encourage responsible decision-making. Furthermore, if this project comes to fruition, communities and the surrounding environment in Colleton County—where the plant is to be located—will be subjected to at least 40 years of air and water pollution. 

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