Columbia, S.C., July 27, 2005 -- South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), set new records yesterday for peak demand on its system and overall usage of electricity by its customers.
SCE&G's system-wide peak demand reached 4,692 megawatts for the one-hour period ending 5 p.m., eclipsing the previous high mark of 4,574 megawatts, set July 14, 2004. The previous high was actually surpassed during each of the four hours between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. yesterday.
With air conditioners working overtime in the scorching heat, SCE&G customers used a record 91,013 megawatt hours of electricity for the day, topping the previous high of 90,917 megawatt hours, which was set Jan. 24, 2003.
With temperatures expected to exceed 100 degrees today, the company expects to set a new high mark for demand again today.
One megawatt of electricity is equivalent to the amount of electricity used by about 330 homes during one hour. A megawatt hour is 1,000 kilowatts of electricity used continuously for one hour.
SCE&G's Web site, www.sceg.com, offers customers tips on controlling energy costs during the hot summer months.
SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Columbia, SC, is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company's Web site at www.scana.com.