Columbia, S.C., July 14, 2004 - South Carolina Electric & Gas customers set a new record for electric use today as high summer temperatures gripped South Carolina.
A new peak demand record of 4,580 megawatts of electricity over a one-hour period was set by SCE&G customers at 5 p.m. Today's usage peak surpassed the previous system peak record of 4,471 megawatts, which was established Jan. 24, 2003. The previous summer peak record was 4,404 megawatts, set July 30, 2002.
SCE&G's system capacity is 5,771 megawatts. 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.
"The recent addition of our new Jasper Generating Station in the lower part of the state ensures that we will continue to have adequate power to meet our customers' demand," said SCE&G President Neville Lorick. "However, we urge customers to help control their power bills by using energy wisely during this extremely hot weather."
SCE&G recommends setting the thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer, keeping shades down and blinds drawn during the daytime and following other energy conservation measures. Additional energy tips are available at the company's Web site at www.sceg.com.
SCE&G is the largest subsidiary of SCANA Corporation, an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations, telecommunications and other energy-related businesses. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company's Web site at www.scana.com.