BRADENTON, Fla. – Facing backlash from ratepayers and lawmakers for canceling South Carolina’s nuclear expansion project, Santee Cooper said Friday it will not implement planned rate increases for two years.

The state-run power agency, formally known as the South Carolina Public Service Authority, said in a release that it plans to withdraw the proposed rate increases for 2018 and 2019 due to its decision to suspend work on the nuclear project.

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