COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Orangeburg Representative Jerry Govan is putting his support behind a resolution to require Dominion Energy to honor rebates it first offered in its proposal to merge with SCANA.
In a statement Tuesday, Representative Govan says Dominion honoring their initial commitment would directly help communities hurt most by high energy costs.
“I completely support Rep. Gilliard’s efforts to guarantee our citizens receive everything possible to mitigate this disaster. It is a fact that minority and economically distressed communities are hurt most by high energy costs. Dominion honoring their initial commitment directly helps these communities, our communities,” Rep. Govan said.
The resolution was filed in the state house by Lowcountry lawmaker Wendell Gilliard, calling for Dominion Energy to honor its initial pledge to provide a rebate at an average value of $1,000 to SCE&G customers as part of a merger agreement.
The proposal, approved by the Public Service Commission last December, did not include the rebate for energy customers. Gilliard said. “I believe it is only right that Dominion honor a pledge they spent nearly a million dollars to sell to our people. By not honoring this pledge and taking back their word, this sets up a lack of trust between the people of South Carolina and this Virginia-based company from the start.”
Gilliard also submitted a letter to the Public Service Commission, requesting an amendment of its list of requirements to include that Dominion honor the rebate to SCE&G customers.
Commissioners approved the second merger proposal last month, which did not include those rebates.