Lawyers for Santee Cooper ratepayers are in for a $78 million pay day.
Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative is raising electric rates 4.17% this month.
Lacy Ridgell of MCEC confirmed the Aug. 1 hike.
A government watchdog has accused lawmakers of exceeding their authority.
Lawmakers are exploring the sale of taxpayer-owned Santee Cooper.
Santee Cooper wants to dig deep into Mid-Carolina Electric members’ pockets.
The taxpayer-owned company provides power to the Lexington-based cooperative and others across SC.