The ORS represents the public interest with regard to the regulation of investor-owned natural gas utilities in South Carolina -- Piedmont Natural Gas and South Carolina Electric & Gas. These natural gas utilities provide the distribution, transportation, and storage of natural gas in South Carolina. Duties of the ORS encompass rate, accounting, legal, technical, and certain service issues regarding the purchase, sale, transportation, and storage of natural gas by all companies within the jurisdiction of the PSC.
With the exception of safety issues, the ORS has no authority regarding or responsibility for non-jurisdictional utilities including municipal systems, Natural Gas Authorities, and liquid propane systems. However, the ORS does monitor these areas in order to provide information to policy makers in the state.
View the Natural Gas Regulations (PDF).
Natural Gas Rate Stabilization Act (RSA)
In 2005, the General Assembly passed the Natural Gas Rate Stabilization Act (RSA) allowing natural gas distribution utilities in South Carolina to adjust their rates in a regular and predictable manner.