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.
The Public Service Commission will hold a special meetings on August 12, 2019 at 10:00 am and on August 19, 2019 at 10:00 am during which it will hear presentations from prospective consultants to advise the Commission as it conducts proceedings required by the SC Energy Freedom Act. On Wednesday, August 8, 2019, the PSC cut ties withe Pegasus Global Holdings due to its ties to utility industry.
The Current War, a movie about the competition between George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison (with Nicola Tesla flickering throughout) to control the nascent electricity market, is coming to a screen near you on October 4. You can brush up for the movie by reading The Last Days of Night and impress family and friends with your knowledge of the history of electrification. The movie was originally scheduled for release in 2017, the same year as the book was published, but it became embroiled in The Weinstein Company’s bankruptcy.