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Bockman named interim Public Service Commission commissioner

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Robert Bockman, a former assistant Attorney General, has been appointed an interim commissioner of the South Carolina Public Service Commission by Gov. Henry McMaster. Bockman replaces Nikiya Hall, who resigned from her position as District 6 commissioner on Oct. 31 to take a job with Washington, D.C.-based utility Pepco.

Bockman, 71, served as general counsel of the Public Service Commission from 1977-81, providing advice to the commission and its members and representing the commission and staff in regulatory proceedings and appeals.

“It has never been more important for the Public Service Commission to be made up of public servants that will ask the difficult questions on behalf of South Carolinians, and I am confident that Mr. Bockman will do exactly that,” McMaster said in a news release.

The PSC has been asked by the Office of Regulatory Staff to freeze utility rate increases related to the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project. SCANA, the parent company of S.C. Electric and Gas, has filed a counter motion asking the commission to dismiss that request.

Bockman has also worked as assistant general counsel for Raleigh, N.C.-based Carolina Power & Light Company and spent close to 20 years in private practice as a member of the McNair Law Firm. A 1986 Vanderbilt graduate, Bockman is currently a senior legal writing instructor at the University of South Carolina.

Elections to fill the full-term PSC seat will be held at a later date.

The PSC will hear an update on Thursday from SCE&G about the status of the abandoned nuclear project near Jenkinsville.  

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