Columbia, S.C., August 9, 2007… 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 4,869 megawatts for the one-hour period ending 3 p.m., eclipsing the previous high mark of 4,820 megawatts, set July 27, 2005. The previous high was actually surpassed during each of the three hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. yesterday.
With air conditioners working overtime in the scorching heat, SCE&G customers used a record 97,897 megawatt hours of electricity for the day, topping the previous high of 95,639 megawatt hours, which was also set July 27, 2005.
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.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 633,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 300,000 customers in 35 counties in the state. Information about SCE&G is available on the company’s web site at www.sceg.com.
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 in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company’s website at www.scana.com.