Former SC utility watchdog still being paid by agency

South Carolina News

Dukes Scott

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The former director of South Carolina’s utility watchdog agency retired after being criticized for not stopping rate hikes for failed nuclear plants, but is still working for the department as a consultant.

The State newspaper reports Dukes Scott is being paid $4,000 a month to work about 50 hours for the Office of Regulatory Staff.

Scott became director of the agency when it was created in 2004. He retired in 2018 after lawmakers were angry he did not push back harder against rate increases to pay for a pair of nuclear reactors that never generated power.

Regulatory Staff Executive Director Nanette Edwards says Scott’s institutional memory is critical as they transition to a new director. Scott has made nearly $30,000 for consulting on top of his state retirement benefits.

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