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      SC utility seeks nuclear plant related rate hike

      South Carolina's largest investor-owned utility plans to increase electric rates 2.73 percent to help pay financing costs for two nuclear reactors it plans to build.

      South Carolina's largest investor-owned utility plans to increase electric rates 2.73 percent to help pay financing costs for two nuclear reactors it plans to build.

      South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. said in a news release Friday that the rate increase, set to take effect in October, will add about $3.33 to the monthly bill of a customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each month.

      The increase must be approved by state utility regulators. The Public Service Commission last year signed off on allowing SCE&G to raise rates an average of 2 percent a year through 2019 to prepay the financing costs of the $4.5 billion the company expects to spend for its portion of two nuclear reactors. The company is building the reactors with state-owned utility Santee Cooper.

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