Drafted by: Rob Bockman
If you’re not a lawyer, you might not be familiar with the term “ex parte” or the concept of an “allowable ex parte briefing.” The term “ex parte” comes from the Latin meaning “from one party” and describes a judicial process wherein one interested party speaks or receives information from a judicial body. So an “allowable ex parte briefing” is a meeting, broadcast to the public in the case of the PSC, wherein one interested party (which can be a company, a representative individual, or a member of the public) can request further information about ongoing cases. It’s a process the PSC established to include the public’s input in their decisions and to provide more details about important cases that will affect the utility economy of our state.
In February, the Public Service will host four allowable ex parte briefings:
- February 14th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.—Commission Order No. 2019-100 and Customer Education Plan in Order 2018-804
- February 19th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.—Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC and Duke Energy Progress, LLC and the $mart Saver EE Programs
- February 19th, 2019 (following previous briefing)—Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC and Duke Energy Progress, LLC and Updates on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
- February 20th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.—Docket No. 2018-319-E on behalf of the AARP
All four of these briefings will be livestreamed through the PSC’s partnership with SCETV and will be open to the public. Attendees will be required to sign a certification statement—a simple document that confirms attendance and verifies the topics discussed at the briefing.
The Public Service Commission will also be hosting an upcoming series of night hearings related to Docket No. 2018-318-E.
|March 12th||6 p.m.||Spartanburg County Council Chambers|
Spartanburg County Administration Building
366 N Church Street
Main Level, Suite 1000
Spartanburg, SC 29303
|March 13th||6 p.m.||Anderson County Council Chambers|
101 S Main Street
Anderson, SC 29624
|March 14th||6 p.m.||Greenville County Council Chambers|
301 University Ridge, Suite 2400
Greenville, SC 29601
Please follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more information. That information will also be available on the Public Service Commission website (www.psc.sc.gov). Before attending a night hearing, please familiarize yourself with the procedures of a public night hearing by reviewing this document.
By offering these hearings and briefings, we’re opening the floor to the public in order to learn your concerns and better include your input in the Commission’s decisions and the shape of our state’s utility economy. For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803.896.5100. You can also follow us on Twitter (@UtilityConsumer) or Facebook (SC Utility Consumer) for updated information and helpful reminders.