South Carolina Public Service Commission
|South Carolina Public Service Commission|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$4,636,308|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Leadership:||G. O'Neal Hamilton|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by General Assembly|
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In order to serve on the South Carolina Public Service Commission, each member must have:
- A baccalaureate or more advanced degree from: (a) a recognized institution of higher learning requiring face-to-face contact between its students and instructors prior to completion of the academic program; (b) an institution of higher learning that has been accredited by a regional or national accrediting body; or (c) an institution of higher learning chartered before 1962; and
- (2) a background of substantial duration and an expertise in at least one of the following: (a) energy issues; (b) telecommunications issues; (c) consumer protection and advocacy issues; (d) water and wastewater issues; (e) finance, economics, and statistics; (f) accounting; (g) engineering; or (h) law.
If the review committee find a candidate qualified but they do not have the necessary duration and expertise in one of the eight areas listed above, they can still be appointed if three-fourths of the committee votes to qualify the candidate and provide written justification.
Commissioners are elected during a joint session of the South Carolina General Assembly to a term of four years. One commissioner is elected from each of the six Commission Districts and one is elected at-large.
In the event of a vacancy the governor may fill the position until the successor in the office for a full term or an unexpired term, as applicable, has been elected by the General Assembly.
The South Carolina Public Service Commission lists the following goals:
- Seek to ensure that the citizens of the State receive appropriate levels of customer satisfaction and quality of service for those services provided through the entities regulated by this Commission.
- Seek to ensure that within a more competitive utility environment that core or captive customers with little market power are not unduly burdened with the costs of competition and are provided appropriate service and service options.
- Seek to encourage innovation through the enhancement of Commission processes and the attainment of self-actualization by Commission employees through empowering these employees to carry out their responsibilities and rewarding them for their contribution to the attainment of Commission goals.
- Seek to modify the organizational process of the Commission in such a manner as to provide for the incorporation of project teams to address specific complex short-term issues that arise as a result of the dynamic nature of the utility industry regulated by this Commission.
- Provide an open, accessible and efficient regulatory process which is fair, cost effective and unbiased, while also exploring alternative methods of regulating the entities subject to the Commission's jurisdiction.
- Seek to ensure that the regulatory process results in fair and reasonable outcomes.
- Encourage efficiency, innovation, and technological growth among regulated entities.
- For the regulated entities, facilitate the provision of safe services at levels of quality and reliability which satisfy customer needs.
- Seek to ensure that all regulated entities' services to consumers comply with all legal requirements subject to the Commission's jurisdiction.
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The budget for the in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $4,636,308.
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Public Service Commission of South Carolina
101 Executive Center Dr., Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 896-5100
E-mail: Contact PSC
- Psc.SC.gov, "History of the Public Service Commission of South Carolina," accessed October 17, 2011
- South Carolina Code of Laws, " Title 58, Chapter 3," accessed January 18, 2013
- South Carolina Public Service Commission, Mission Statement and Goals
- South Carolina Budget and Control Board, "Current Budget Plans FY 2013-2014," accessed April 9, 2013
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved April 23, 2011