South Carolina And The Public Service Commission Recognized By Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s 2019 Clean Energy States Honor Roll

Columbia, SC, 1/23/19—The state of South Carolina was recognized by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council on their “2019 Clean Energy States Honor Roll,” announced on January 22nd, 2019. The Honor Roll, which recounts IREC’s “favorite 2018 success stories,” includes awards for four states, with South Carolina claiming the title of “Most Improved Transparency.”

SC’s Public Service Commission was specifically called out in the Council’s release, which praised the Commission’s November 2018 action on the Duke Energy Carolinas/Duke Energy Progress deliberation, calling it “an important step toward reducing the considerable delays in the interconnection queue in the state, …[which] preserv[es] a positive path forward for future growth of customer-driven investments in clean energy technologies” by mandating detailed reports on timelines and progress and empowering the Office of Regulatory Staff to investigate ongoing projects. This decision, which Sara Baldwin Auck analyzes comprehensively and cogently in her article for Utility Dive, “South Carolina tackles unprecendented interstate interconnectedness issue,” emphasizes the Public Service Commission’s ongoing commitment to transparency in their operation.

The Public Service Commission, which regulates the state’s utility providers and advocates for fair and sustainable rates for utility consumers, commits to transparency and accountability through publication of all agendas, minutes, annual accountability reports, and fiscal reports on the organization’s website. Commission meetings are livestreamed through a partnership with SCETV and dockets are updated daily through the Docket Management System on the Commission’s website (www.psc.sc.gov). Interested consumers can also sign up for email or text alerts that compile and publish agendas for upcoming meetings, updates to ongoing cases, and opportunities for the public to engage directly with the Commission at hearings.

For more information about the Commission’s efforts, please contact Chief Clerk Jocelyn Boyd at 803.896.5133 or email jocelyn.boyd@psc.sc.gov.