Columbia, SC — A federal judge has denied SCE&G's request to stop rate cuts passed by the general assembly.
In an order issued Monday afternoon, federal judge Michelle Childs ruled that the cut, retroactive to April, can start showing up on South Carolina Electric & Gas bills starting Tuesday.
A law passed by the general assembly in June requires SCE&G to cut rates by 15 percent and refund four months worth of nuclear rates by the August billing cycle.
Childs says SCE&G did not show that all the elements required for injunctive relief had been met. SCE&G wanted to get a ruling from the court by August 7th because that's when the new billing cycle starts.
The average customer will see about a rate cut of about $25, as well as four months worth of rate cuts taken out of their bill.
The rate cute is a temporary one, with a permanent rate to be set in December following a hearing with the public service commission.
SCE&G filed the lawsuit, saying that the base load review act allowed the utility to raise rates as the nuclear reactors were being built at the VC Summer nuclear plant. They argued the new law is unconstitutional and would cause millions of dollars in damages.
Last year, SCE&G and Santee Cooper abandoned construction of two nuclear reactors at the VC Summer facility after spending more than $9 billion on the project.
NOTE: The Associated Press contributed to this article.