"V.C. Summer's prospects were better under the Clean Power Plan, former President Obama's carbon-cutting strategy, said Nathan Richardson, an associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law and a visiting fellow at Resources for the Future, a think tank. South Carolina has relatively limited potential for renewables, making the new reactors central to the state's compliance with the regulations. With the Clean Power Plan on death row, there is little incentive for utilities to push through such an expensive project, Richardson said. He predicted that South Carolina's coal plants will run longer and at higher capacity now that the reactors won't be completed."