The state Public Service Commission (PSC) on Wednesday unanimously rejected a rate plan by Dominion Energy that conservationists said would have made it too costly for homeowners to add rooftop solar panels.
Instead, regulators adopted an alternative pricing plan that’s being hailed as a win for energy independence and a victory for the rooftop solar industry.
WATCH: The meeting is available to stream through S.C. ETV.
“Today’s ruling will allow this important industry to continue to grow and provide ratepayers the freedom to reduce energy bills and emissions,” said John Tynan, executive director of the Conservation Voters of South Carolina. “This ruling also demonstrates that the PSC is faithfully implementing the Energy Freedom Act, is standing up for the best interests of all customers, and is not afraid to push back on egregious proposals by the utility monopolies. In short, today is a bright day for solar in South Carolina.”
Tynan said ratepayers wanted a fair rooftop solar plan.
“This ruling shows a broader trend for energy decisions in South Carolina — that there’s a new PSC in town. We finally have a Public Service Commission that will listen to experts, thoughtfully consider public input, and encourage robust engagement from stakeholders as the Commission helps to chart the path forward for South Carolina’s energy future — even when it means pushing back against the utility monopolies.”
Frank Knapp, president of the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce added in a statement, “Their ruling is also clear evidence that the Commission is no longer in the back pocket of the utility industry.”
This story originally published by Statehouse Report, City Paper‘s sister publication.