Public utility’s future in SC up for discussion in Legislature

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina lawmakers are getting ready for more than a dozen complex meetings over the next month as they decide what to do with state-owned utility Santee Cooper.

The first meeting took place Thursday before an audience comprising about 70 senators and House members and a few reporters.

No questions were allowed as officials spent nearly two hours going over a 111-page report the South Carolina Department of Administration that was released Tuesday. The report detailed the best bid to buy Santee Cooper from NextEra Energy in Florida, a bid to manage it from Dominion Energy of Virginia or let Santee Cooper reform itself and stay a publicly-owned entity.

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