SCWU Training Youth for Jobs in Water Industry

SCWU’s Michael Cartin, Director, Business Development; Craig Sorenson, P.E., President, and Curtis James Simms, Area Manager with three new interns

South Carolina Water Utilties has started a paid internship program at Blythewood High School. Three seniors will participate in the new program through which they will receive high school credit and the opportunity to join the company as employees based on performance. Read more at WISTV.com

PSC Hearing on EV Charging Stations

“The Public Service Commission has scheduled a public hearing in Docket No. 2021-210-E for Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 at 10 a.m. This hearing will be virtual and will be livestreamed at this link. Consumers interested in testifying at this public hearing can do so by following the process in this notice. “

The hearing is being held in response to a request by Clifton Power Company for clarification of the Commission’s jurisdiction over EV charging stations.

Offshore Wind Coming to the Carolinas

The sites up for auction May 11 are 50 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and about 30 miles south of Bald Head Island in North Carolina. (Image: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)

On May 11, 2022, the US Department of the Interior will auction two wind power sites off of the coast of the Carolinas. The sites, comprising 110,000 acres, are 50 miles east of Myrtle Beach. If fully developed, they could generate 1.3 gigawatts of power. Read more about it.

PSC to Review Motor Carrier Application and Insurance Requirements

The Public Service Commission has scheduled a Workshop on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to review the following Motor Carriers Regulations:

  • 103-133 (6)(F) This regulation provides the application requirements for household goods movers, passenger carriers, charter buses, and stretcher vans
  • 103-170 through 103-180 These regulations pertain to the insurance requirements for motor carriers

To participate in this workshop, complete the following survey by Monday, February 21, 2022:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9XS9J2J

New Surrebuttal Rule at SC PSC

Yesterday, the South Carolina Public Service Commission announced that, in future cases, surrebuttal testimony will only be allowed upon a showing of good cause. A party desiring to file surrebuttal will be required to file a motion by a deadline set by the Clerk’s office in each case.

MOVERS NEED FLEXIBLE PRICING

The Public Service Commission recently invited comments on the information it should consider when evaluating household goods movers’ requests for changes in their tariffs. The Terreni Law Firm submitted a letter proposing that household goods movers have the option of offering flexible pricing options to their customers. For more information, see Docket No. 2021-321-T.

Terreni Law Firm Files Comments in PSC Review of Transportation Regs

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The Terreni Law Firm has recommended several changes to the Public Service Commission in a review of regulations governing the moving industry. Our recommendations aim to streamline the application process and protect consumers. Recommendations include:

  • Allow movers to give binding estimates
  • Eliminate expensive published notices of application
  • No more “shipper witnesses”

There will be a discussion of these and other recommendations on June 18, at 9:00 a.m. Watch it online at SCETV. See our comments and the full record at these links.

How to Lower Your Power Bill This Summer

A power company sent me these tips on how to save money on electricity this summer.

Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.

Check your air filters and change if they are dirty. Leave interior doors open and don’t close vents to allow adequate airflow through your HVAC system. Do not block returns.

Have your HVAC system checked by a professional. This can extend the life of your system while ensuring everything is working properly.

My thoughts turned to President Carter, who asked Americans to lower their thermostats to 65 degrees during winter days. I’m sure he would approve of setting the thermostat at 78 during the summer. So does the EPA.

But how do you feel about it? Will you keep the temperature at 78 degrees to save money this summer?