Congratulations, Randall Dong!

After 14 years as a legal advisor at the Public Service Commission, Randall Dong is taking on a new challenge. Randall has been selected as the Legal Director of Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities. PSC practitioners will miss Randall’s sunny disposition, but we know he will be excellent in his new job. Randall has served on P&A’s board of directors, and has employment law experience. He brings passion and experience to P&A. We wish him well!

Original Design

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Had the pleasure of meeting Gamecock quarterback Jay Urich today and learning about his new charitable foundation, Original Design. This new program will focus on disadvantaged kids in the Columbia area, providing them opportunity for growth by teaching healthy habits, faith, and football. Urich’s new charity is off to a promising start with the support of Marcus Lattimore and Connor Shaw who serve on its Board of Directors. Please consider supporting this worthy cause with a tax-deductible donation.

Will SC Utilities Join an RTO?

RTO insider and the Charlotte Business Journal report that Duke Energy, Southern Company and other utilities, including Santee Cooper, have been discussing an RTO for that past several months. Apparently, the story broke when someone mentioned the discussions during a discussion of North Carolina’s Clean Energy Plan. This is an interesting development, considering that utilities in the Carolinas have been resistant to RTOs in the past. Santee Cooper’s involvement in the discussion also raises questions about how the possible sale of the utility might be affected.

SCEBA to Join E4 Carolinas

The South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance, a longtime promoter of alternative energy in the State, has voted to dissolve, citing lack of funding. SCEBA’s Director and Board Members will remain active, however. They are all joining E4 Carolinas’ new Clean Energy Task Force. E4 Carolinas says the new task force will “focus on energy created from low-carbon fuel sources, such as renewables, hydrogen, and nuclear. Weston Adams, current Chair of the SCEBA Board of Directors, will Co-Chair the Task Force, and SCEBA’s Executive Director, Bonnie Loomis, will serve as E4 Carolinas’ South Carolina Managing Director. E4 Carolinas was organized in 2012 as a trade association for energy companies and organizations. It has 140 members and offices in Columbia, Charlotte, and Raleigh. We wish our SCEBA colleagues the best of luck in the new venture!

SACE Ranks South Carolina Solar Favorably

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) has released its third annual “Solar in the Southeast Report” and it says nice things about the Palmetto State. SACE credits the Energy Freedom Act (Act 62 of 2019) with boosting the state’s solar energy industry. By 2023, SACE projects, South Carolina will surpass North Carolina in Watts per Customer, leading the southeast and doubling the current state output. The report also notes that each of the options for the future of Santee Cooper includes substantial solar expansion.

Santee Cooper Extends Bosnall’s Contract

Andrew Brown reports in The Post and Courier that Santee Cooper’s Board has voted to extend CEO Mark Bosnall’s and Deputy CEO Charles Duckworth’s contracts for another six months. The contracts will expire in July of 2021. At $1.1 million per year plus a bonus, Bosnall is not in the same league with football coaches but, still, not bad for government work!

SC PSC Allows Declarations in Lieu of Affidavits

The Public Service Commission voted to allow parties to file declarations instead of affidavits, adopting the practice of the S.C. Court system during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission’s order helps parties who are trying to practice social distancing or have difficulty locating a notary public during the pandemic.