During this unprecedented time surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff- Energy Office (Energy Office) is here to help you navigate our programs and initiatives.
Protecting critical energy infrastructure is as important as ever. We remain committed to our work in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation. We strive to support the communities in our state that are most vulnerable to this crisis and to maintain reliable energy access to those on the front lines. And as we work to recover from this emergency, we hope to make our state more resilient to future challenges.
Following the declaration of a national and state emergency, the Energy Office closed its office and has shifted to a remote work structure. We have canceled all work-related travel and in-person meetings until it is deemed safe to resume. Our team is responding to emails as usual and, although we are not in the office to answer our phones, we will continue to monitor voicemails. Please contact us if we can be of assistance.
In the interest of public health and safety, we have made several changes to how we work. In coordination with other agency staff, we are ready to respond if called upon by the SC Emergency Management Division to support the protection of our energy systems. As several of our initiatives focus on education and collaboration, we are evaluating the best options to support our stakeholders with flexibility and understanding. We have paused in-personal technical assistance, including site monitoring visits and energy walk-throughs. Several events have been moved online or postponed. Please check our calendar for the most current information.
Our staff is actively monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the energy sector. We will publish Energy Office updates, news, and resources for energy professionals through our monthly newsletters, The Energy Connection and The Hubcap, and our Twitter account (@SCEnergyOffice). The Office of Regulatory Staff’s main website has a COVID-19 page devoted to providing consumers with updates on actions taking by the regulated utilities and cooperatives during this crisis.
Official Health Resources
Please visit the following government websites for official information and updates:
If you have fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your doctor or healthcare provider to discuss your concerns or get medical care. For a free online health assessment, please see DHEC’s listing of telehealth virtual care providers in South Carolina. For general questions about COVID-19, the DHEC Care Line is 1-855-472-3432. Staff are answering calls from 8 AM to 6 PM seven days a week.
We wish you and your loved ones good health in this challenging time.
The Energy Office team: Anthony, Catherine, Ben, Darcy, Landon, Rick, and Stacey