New members needed

An Aug. 24 article in The Post and Courier reported that South Carolina utility interests prevailed upon the Public Service Commission to cancel a public meeting about solar power.

It is about time that the PSC does more to represent the utilities’ users, not the companies.

Maybe a change in the makeup of the commission is warranted.

WALTER W. INFINGER

Fieldstone Circle

Charleston

Support solar energy

I refer to the article in The Post and Courier of Friday, Aug. 24, headed “S.C. utility interests stop solar meeting,” covering the cancellation by our Public Service Commission of the solar energy forum due to be held on September 12, 2013, at the behest of the The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina.

The Public Service Commission’s continued, unfailing support of industry against the interests of those it is supposed to protect and support is extremely worrying to say the least.

These workshops are one of the few ways that residents of the state can voice their opinions on these matters, so to have the PSC arbitrarily cancel the meeting because the power companies do not like the idea just slams the door on the progress of renewable power.

South Carolina has the toughest laws in the country against solar power, coupled with some of the highest utility rates.

Plus it ranks just about last in the country on the development and implementation of alternative and renewable power.

Instead, the residents of the state are having to finance the power companies’ construction of new nuclear power plants.

This has to change, but change will never take place if the PSC continues with its policy of protecting industry at the expense of the individual taxpayer.

Solar power is one of the few cost-effective and acceptable ways that schools, businesses and home owners can reduce their power bills, as well as potentially become power suppliers to the grid.

We do not need massive solar panel farms seen in other states and Europe, just the chance to reduce our power bills and help our environment.

I think it should be noted that The Post and Courier’s online poll on whether South Carolina should do more to promote the use of solar power had a result of 75 percent voting YES.

ANTONY R. HENDEY

Rutledge Avenue

Charleston