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Many Thanks to You and Your Staff

Mr. Scott,

I want to thank you and your staff at the ORS for the outstanding support and service in providing our community a voice and input on the recent Duke Energy Foothills Transmission proposal.  The forum you arranged for our community in Columbia with Duke Energy officials at your office along with the many other approaches and venues to provide feedback and voice our concerns is greatly appreciated.    It is great to see that Duke Energy listened and adjusted their plan to still meet their needs but in a way that accommodated community input.   I’m confident that the end result is one that is in the best interest of all parties.  What a great example of “how it should be done”!

I know that these days,  people occasionally get discouraged with the workings of government.   But I’d like to say that you and your staff provide a great example of how it should be done.  The citizens of SC are fortunate to have you and your team representing our interests.

Welcome to the SC Office of Regulatory Staff

The Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) is charged with representing the public interest of South Carolina in utility regulation for the major utility industries -- electric, natural gas, telecommunications, transportation, and water/wastewater -- before the Public Service Commission of S.C., the court system, the S.C. General Assembly, and federal regulatory bodies. The ORS also has responsibility for oversight of railroad safety and natural gas pipeline safety in South Carolina.

The public interest, as defined by Act 175 of 2004 that created the ORS, is a balance among three essential components expressed in the agency’s mission statement:

To represent the public interest in utility regulation by balancing the concerns of the using and consuming public, the financial integrity of public utilities, and the economic development of South Carolina

We strive each and every day to uphold the tenets of our mission on behalf of our fellow South Carolinians. We hope that you find this web site to be informative and helpful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.