The Department of Consumer Affairs Wants You!

The Department of Consumer Affairs is hiring a lawyer to appear at the PSC: essentially, a public defender for the consumer. This could be a great opportunity for someone who wants to practice in the field of public utilities.

Excerpts of the positing are below.

Minimum and Additional Requirements

A Juris Doctorate degree or its equivalent from an accredited law school and experience as a practicing attorney.  Must be a member in good standing with the SC Bar.  Must be able to work well with a team including legal assistants, paralegals, and other co-workers.  Must be organized and be able to work independently in meeting deadlines. Some travel may be required.

Preferred Qualifications

At least three (3) years as a practicing attorney.  At least two years of experience related to state or federal energy regulations applicable to utilities.  Demonstrated interest or experience in the core mission of SCDCA. Knowledge of or experience in one or more of the following: energy, water, utility, finance, economics, environmental, or related technical field. Experience in litigation or administrative law.  Possess excellent written and oral advocacy skills.  Ability to interpret and apply relevant laws and judicial decisions.  Ability to perform legal research involving complex legal problems. Thorough knowledge of the laws of South Carolina.   Must have completed Rule 403 trial experience requirements. 

Pay Band

Band 7

Hiring Range – Min. $49,594.00 Hiring Range – Max. $90,000.00

The PSC has a new landlord

In yesterday’s State newspaper:

Three Midlands office buildings in the Synergy Business Park have been sold.

“101 and 111 Executive Center Drive and 110 Centerview Drive were sold by GPT Properties Trust to BV DRP Synergy II Owner, LLC for $10,749,367” Read more here: https://www.thestate.com/news/local/article237288369.html#storylink=cpy

Of course, we know which one is the crown jewel of the trio of properties.

Au revoir, Matt Schellinger, à bientôt!

Matt Schellinger has ended his distinguished tenure as a Rates Analyst with the ORS. Matt was the consummate professional and a very effective witness at the Public Service Commission. I never worried about asking Matt and open ended question (unless I did not like the answer) because I knew he would tell it like it is. This made him a great ORS witness because it showed absolute confidence in his work. No announcement on Matt’s next move, but we wish him the best!

Sen. Climer Plans Water Legislation

The Charlotte Observer reports Sen. Wes Climer plans to introduce two bills to regulate water utilities in the next session. Climer wants utilities to file plans similar to Integrated Resource Plans required of electrical utilities. A second bill Climer plans to introduce would preclude a water utility from earning a return on equity when there is a shortfall in service. The text of the bills is not available at this time. Climer said they will be pre-filled in December.

PSC Candidates Announced

According to the Public Utilities Review Committee, the following candidates have filed to run for the Public Service Commission.

                  DISTRICT 1:                Paul S. Gawrych  (Mt. Pleasant)

                                                         John E. “Butch” Howard  (Moncks Corner)

                                                         Alvin T. Johnson, Jr.  (Charleston)

                                                         Harry B. Limehouse, III  (Charleston)

                                                         George “Robert” Newman  (Mt. Pleasant)

                                                         Lawrence D. Sullivan  (Summerville)

                                                         Darryle B. Ware  (Summerville)

                                                         Carolee “Carolyn” Williams  (Charleston)

                  DISTRICT 3:               Stephen M. “Mike” Caston  (Clemson) 

                                                         Kevin G. Evans  (Salem)

                                                         Santana D. Freeman  (Abbeville)

                                                         Comer H. “Randy” Randall (Clinton) (I)

                  DISTRICT 5:                Luther P. Hendrix  (Camden)

                                                         Headen B. Thomas  (Rock Hill)

                                                         Stephen R. Thomas  (Fort Mill)

                                                         Swain E. Whitfield  (Winnsboro)

                  DISTRICT 7:               John Q. Atkinson, Jr.  (Marion)

                                                         Alys C. Lawson  (Conway)

                                                         Bonnie D. Loomis  (Murrells Inlet)   

                                                         Thomas G. “Tee” Miller, Jr.  (Georgetown)

                                                         Ted M. Vick  (Pawleys Island)   

SC Coastal Conservation League v. Dominion Energy and SC Solar Business Alliance v. Dominion Energy

There was a Supreme Court argument worth watching last week. The case involved an appeal of the Public Service Commission’s decision to adopt then SCE&G’s proposed capacity cost factor (zero) for solar energy in the company’s 2018 fuel cost case. OK, this may not be the most exciting issue for some of you, but the oral arguments were great! Blan Halman, Joseph S. Dowdy, and John Hoefer went mano a mano before a hot bench. The argument also shows how strange the customs and practices of the PSC seem to the outside world. It caused me to to take a fresh look at how to draft my next proposed order.