New bill would let SC agencies review spending, violations of electric cooperatives

South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – Reform is in the works for electric cooperatives in South Carolina.

A new bill introduced at the Statehouse would allow the Office of Regulatory Staff to review the co-ops for the first time.

The agency would audit co-ops to let them know if they are spending their money properly.

It would also look into whether the co-op follows state law.

Regulatory Staff, however, would not have the authority to question or change utility rates.

If the bill passes, co-ops would have to make it easier for you, the ratepayer, to vote in board elections.

Co-op directors also would not be allowed to fill board vacancies themselves.

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