The Public Service Commission of South Carolina—often abbreviated, including here, as “the PSC”—is a quasijudicial body that regulates South Carolina’s utility services. What that means, simply put, is that the Commission is charged by the state government with adjudicating cases wherein utilities want to make changes to their services provided to South Carolina consumers. That can mean something as simple as granting a name change at an electric company’s request or allowing a single-person taxi firm to operate within the state, or it can be something as complicated as allowing, after scores of hours of testimony and hundreds of pages of material, Dominion Energy to merge with South Carolina Electric as Gas, as occurred in 2018. A scope of work this large requires thoughtful and future-minded management, and an organization that represents the public, as the PSC does, must be accountable to the public. One way in which we live up to that need for accountability is by livestreaming regular business meetings and important hearings—meaning you can follow along with Commission business from your computer or phone at your convenience. By watching live, you can learn more about the organization and stay informed on upcoming decisions that could have an impact on your utilities.
In June, we’ll be livestreaming the following events:
June 6th at 10 a.m.: Annual Review of Base Rates for Fuel Costs of Duke Energy Progress, LLC (Docket Number 2019-1-E)—Each year, utility providers come before the Commission to review their current costs for fuel and submit requests for any applicable changes in rates due to fluctuation in fuel costs. These hearings are broadcast live and feature testimony from industry professionals, utility representatives, and experts in the field—always worth watching! Tune in here at 10:00 a.m. on the 6th to watch live.
June 12th at 12:30 p.m.: Commission Business Meetings happen each Wednesday and are livestreamed to the public through the PSC’s partnership with SC ETV. During these meetings, the Commissioners make motions pertaining to open dockets, issue directives, and grant requests related to utilities (including electric utilities, water services, and transportation companies). Tune in at this link to watch the meeting live.
June 12th at 2 p.m.: Following the Commission Business Meeting, there will be an allowable ex parte briefing with South Carolina Solar Business Alliance, Incorporated to discuss the South Carolina Energy Freedom Act. Quick note: an “allowable ex parte briefing” is an opportunity for Commissioners to interact directly with parties involved in utility dockets within the regulations of the Code of Judicial Conduct. This will be a great crash course in the Act and its ramifications for our state’s utilities, so be sure to tune in here.
June 18th-19th at 10 a.m.: Hearing for Carolina Water Service, Inc.’s application for approval of annual rate adjustment mechanisms and petition for an accounting order to defer expenses. Please note that the company’s application contains a proposed increase to water distribution commodity charges and sewer collection and treatment charges. Consult the application on the docket (at the above link) for full details.
The complete calendar, which includes hearings, meetings, and livestreamed events, is available at this link. Questions? Comments? Let us know on social media—the Public Service Commission has a Facebook and Twitter page, and we here at SC Utility Consumer can always find an answer for you on our Twitter or Facebook. You can also call Rob Bockman at 803.896.5142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.