SELC Petitions FERC to Stop Alabama Solar Charges

According to a press release, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Ragsdale LLC, have petitioned FERC to challenge solar rates recently adopted by the Alabama PSC. The petitioners argue the Alabama PSC has violated Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) by imposing “punitive” charges on solar customers.

Let’s give these words a rest

These words are tired; let’s give them a break in 2021!

  • “in a global pandemic” (at the end of every sentence)
  • literally
  • a “toolbox” should only contains wrenches, hammers, screwdrivers, and such; no policies, strategies, or therapies.
  • weaponize
  • “protein” when referring to meat or fish on the menu
  • onboarding
  • “shelter in place”
  • host (referring to a large number or multitude)
  • “writ large”
  • a “cache” or “trove” of documents
  • “reach out”
  • paradigm shift (likely not)
  • secret sauce
  • robust

Share your suggestions for the list!

Billy Fred Burnett, 1935-2021

I had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Burnett over the past couple of years. He was a true gentleman, devoted to his family and passionate about his business, CUC, Inc. I will miss his generous spirit and quick intellect. Mr. Burnett’s obituary is below.

Billy Fred Burnett

Billy Fred Burnett, 85, passed away on January 3, 2021. He was born on May 25, 1935,
in Crossett, Arkansas, the son of Alfred Coleman and Hazel Carver Burnett. He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1953, and married Jayne Evelyn Witherington that same year. They lived in Florida for a brief period before settling in Florence, South Carolina. Jayne was the love of his life, and they recently celebrated their 67 th wedding anniversary.

Billy was a hard worker who started out digging ditches and laying pipe and progressed to owning and operating several companies. He worked with Layne Atlantic Company, Pierce Ditching Company, BWB, Inc., Burnett Utilities, Carolina Blythe Utility Company, Water One, Inc., and CUC, Inc. He purchased and operated utility systems in Mecklenburg County and Brunswick County, NC, and in Beaufort County, SC. His daughter, Suzy Mikell, had worked alongside him for nearly 37 years.

Billy was a key player in the Pee Dee Soap Box Derby program in lorence, SC, and treasured watching his sons Fred and Coleman compete. He enjoyed learning new things and taught himself to use and program computers, even writing the billing code for his utilities. He was an excellent woodworker, and he made many beautiful pieces for his family, church members, and others who had touched his life in some way. He particularly loved making clocks, giving hundreds as gifts, and believed woodworking to be a worthy hobby with long-lasting results. Trading stocks was another favorite hobby for which he had a special knack. In recent months, he enjoyed day trading with his son Fred.

As a grandfather, he became known as “Daddy Bill,” and his true passion was teaching his children and grandchildren how to do the many things he loved, usually insisting that they learn something while in his presence. He was the go-to person in the family for help and guidance, and his presence in our lives will be sorely missed.

He was a member of Christ Church, Florence, SC, where he contributed greatly to the beauty and livelihood of the buildings and grounds.

He is survived by his wife Jayne, his son Fred Hays Burnett (Elaine), daughter Suzy B. Mikell (Steve), all of Florence, son A. Coleman Burnett, II (Brenda) of Charlotte, NC, and two sisters, Betty B. Martin and Barbara B. Martin, both of Crossett, Arkansas. He is survived by five grandchildren: Jonathan H. Burnett (Jimena) of Bluffton, SC; Juliett B. Collins (Matthew) of Ravenel, SC; Jessica M. Jordan (Trey), Chelsea M. Mikell, and Nolan B. Mikell (Leslie), all of Florence; and step-granddaughter Madison T. Keever (Taylor) of Charlotte, NC. He also is survived by six great-grandchildren: Sophia G. Burnett and Camila H. Burnett of Bluffton, SC and R. F. Fulmer Collins, Charles M. “Hew” Collins, Jr., Lindy E. Collins, and Joy A. Collins, all of Ravenel, SC, as well as a step great-grandson Tillman Keever of Charlotte, NC, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Christ Church, Florence, SC, at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, with burial following in the Christ Church graveyard. Memorials may be made to Christ Church, PO Box 15036, Florence, SC 29506. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Waters-Powell Funeral Home.

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 73:26

E4 Carolinas Energy Law Seminar

E4 Carolinas is holding an energy law seminar, with CLE credit available for South Carolina and North Carolina lawyers this Friday, December 18, 2020. Apply code “SCCEITF” for a 20% discount, and tell ’em I sent you!