The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff publishes reports and newsletters relating to its mission of representing the public interest of South Carolina in utility regulation for the major utility industries such as electric, natural gas, telecommunications, transportation, and water/wastewater.

Recent Submissions

  • Utility securitization and storm costs 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2022-03-16)
    Legislation was introduced that would allow certain electrical utilities to “securitize” costs associated with storm damage. Securitization is a way for utilities to recover large costs, like those associated with storm ...
  • Broadband resources 

    South Carolina Office of Broadband Coordinator (South Carolina State Library, 2022-03-29)
    This gives information on assistance programs, surveys, access forms, and sites.
  • SCEDP success : program works with speech language pathologist to provide communication devices to children 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2021-03-22)
    Technology like iPads are often integral to give children who can’t talk a voice and bridge the gap to speech. The SCEDP iPad Program is available to those with moderate-to severe hearing loss and/or speech challenges. ...
  • SCEDP success : program provides phone to help family communicate during pandemic 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2021-04-13)
    The South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program was able to provide Frances Meredith with an amplified phone to help her communicate with her loved ones.
  • SCEDP : South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2020)
    The South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program provides NO-COST phone equipment and alerting devices to South Carolinians living with a hearing or speech challenge.
  • Palmetto Wastewater Reclamation, Inc rate increase request 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2021-10)
    Palmetto Wastewater Reclamation, Inc. filed an application to increase its rates by approximately 13.7% with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina in June 2021. The average residential consumer’s monthly ...
  • Annual review of base rates for fuel costs of Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2021-11)
    Each year, the PSC holds a hearing to determine if there should be any adjustment in the amount that Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC charges consumers for fuel used to generate power.
  • South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2022-02-28)
    The ORS represents consumers of investor-owned utilities in South Carolina before the Public Service Commission of South Carolina. The ORS audits, inspects, and examines electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities, and ...
  • The status of local telephone competition in South Carolina 2020 annual report 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2021)
    In order to track the changes occurring in the telecommunications industry, the Office of Regulatory Staff has been directed by the South Carolina General Assembly to compile information and monitor the status of local ...
  • Residential solar choice rates overview 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2022-01)
    The Public Service Commission of South Carolina has approved new solar rates for Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress (DEP), and Dominion Energy South Carolina. These rates are available to consumers applying for ...
  • Non-residential solar choice rates overview 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2022-01)
    The Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSC) has approved new solar rates for Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, and Dominion Energy South Carolina. These rates are available to consumers applying for ...
  • South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff Consumer Services 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2021)
    Consumer Services serves as a mediator between consumers and many utilities in South Carolina. Consumer Services resolves a majority of complaints through an informal investigation process. Through consumer education, ...
  • Report of ORS's review of the South Carolina Public Service Authority's Outdoor Lighting Program 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2021-12)
    Santee Cooper offers the Outdoor Lighting Program to retail customers that reside in Santee Cooper’s direct service territory within Berkeley, Georgetown, and Horry counties. Outdoor lighting services offered by Santee ...
  • Broadband budget summary : FY 2021-2022 Appropriation Act 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2021-07-07)
    The Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Appropriations Act establishes the basis for broadband expansion in South Carolina by creating the Office of Broadband Coordinator within the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, expanding ...
  • Broadband infrastructure funding in South Carolina update October 2021 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2021-10)
    To date, the ORS has developed and implemented 3 broadband infrastructure grant programs. These 3 programs include a total of 126 projects in 33 counties throughout the state. These programs represent a total broadband ...
  • Analysis of the Santee Cooper rate base for V.C. Summer Nuclear Units 2 & 3 joint resolution H.4287 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2019-09-16)
    Joint Resolution Act 95 required the Department of Administration to "[r]equire that the bidder’s projected ratebase for all of Santee Cooper’s retail customers exclude any portion of debt attributed to the V.C. Summer ...
  • Study of the Natural Gas Rate Stabilization Act of 2005 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2021-12)
    General Appropriations Bill, Fiscal Year 2021-2022, included language requiring the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) to review the Natural Gas Rate Stabilization Act of 2005 and make recommendations to the ...
  • Final report on the resiliency of South Carolina’s electric and natural gas infrastructure against extreme winter storm events 

    Guidehouse Inc. (Firm) (South Carolina State Library, 2021-12)
    Governor Henry McMaster requested the ORS undertake a comprehensive review of South Carolina’s public and private power grid to evaluate its ability to withstand potential ice storms and other dangerous winter weather. ...
  • Non-residential solar choice rates overview 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2021-09)
    The Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSC) has approved new solar rates for Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC), Duke Energy Progress (DEP), and Dominion Energy South Carolina (DESC). These rates are available to ...
  • Broadband Funding- Act 142 Projects : update 

    South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (South Carolina State Library, 2021-08-31)
    The Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Appropriations Act allows for broadband infrastructure projects, including those that were approved for funding pursuant to Act 142 of 2020, but not constructed by December of 2020, to be ...

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