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Summer Rising

On a crisp morning in 1937, if you asked him, he may have gone with you and his other friends to a fishing spot just over that hill. But to support his disabled father, and his mother and siblings, Virgil Clifton Summer, Jr., graduated from high school and went to work. The Parr Steam Plant had given him a job: sweeping floors and mowing grass. He was then just 16 years old.

After four years as a Navy sailor in World War 2, a college degree, professional engineering license, and a couple decades of hard work back at South Carolina Electric & Gas, he became SCANA’s Chairman, President, and CEO. In 1971, the board named the company’s first nuclear plant for him. Everyone’s heard of Summer 1, and many remember Chairman Summer the gentleman. And now comes the next generation, bearing the same proud name as the original.

In September, the South Carolina Public Service Commission granted SCE&G’s application for a 1.1 percent increase in retail electric rates to help pay for the new generating station, an early of many milestones in the company’s long-term plan to provide steady, clean energy and save its customers $4 billion on electricity bills by lowering the cost of construction, capital, depreciation, property taxes, and insurance.

Last week, SCE&G published its quarterly report of the new units’ status: pre-construction work at V. C. Summer 2 and 3 is well underway in sunny Jenkinsville, South Carolina, on schedule and budget.

We think the old man would be proud.

Comments

Anonymous said…
on schedule and budget.

Don't say that too loud. If Obama or Greenpeace hears you, we can expect them to try to fix that problem.
Ioannes said…
The Washington Post reports about the scam in the hype of global warming:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/24/hiding-evidence-of-global-cooling/

I am completely in favor of nuclear energy. But I don't believe in ingratiation myself with the Al Gore's of the world.

Whether warming or cooling or steady state, Earth NEEDS nuclear energy. But I won't support nuclear energy if that means supporting liberalism.
not a dem said…
Ionnes, this is the most ridiculous thing you've said to date. How can an electric generating station be liberal or conservative?

-not a dem
DocForesight said…
I think Ionnes is referring to the predominantly political Left that embraces, endorses and promotes the theory of MMGW. Historically, it has been the Left that has thwarted most energy projects - oil and gas exploration, production and distribution (all while they drive and use their computers to blog) and nuclear power plants construction.

It should be agreed among the pro-nuclear group that, regardless of the GW debate, nuclear stands as The Colossus to deliver the electricity and process heat needed to bring the developing world into the 21st century and to advance the developed countries to even greater advances.
Anonymous said…
The Washington TIMES is NOT the Washington Post. To put it mildly.
Brian Mays said…
The Washington Post covered the story too (here as well). The Washington Times URL above points to an op-ed piece, not an objective news story.

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