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Electricity In South Carolina

  • Population5,148,714
  • Total Consumption78,563,246 MWh / 15.26 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions21,044,493,784 kg
  • Total Production99,591,650 MWh / 19.34 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in South Carolina

South Carolina residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in November.

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.139/kWh$0.104/kWh$203.35/mo.$105.72/mo.
28th12.64¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of South Carolina
49th$141.01Average residential monthly electricity bill for South Carolina Residents

Energy Profile of South Carolina

South Carolina's Electricity Prices and Usage

South Carolina has an average residential electricity rate of 12.64 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 5.17% below the nationwide average price of 13.33 cents. This ranks South Carolina as the 28th lowest priced state in the nation based on average electricity rate. Even though there are 47 electricity providers who operate in South Carolina, the electricity market is regulated and customers usually have only one or two provider choices determined by their home address. As the 33rd highest polluting state based on emissions per capita from electricity use, South Carolina customers account for emissions of 4,087.33 kilograms of CO2 emissions each. South Carolina has had a 6.44% rise in the use of renewable fuel types for electricity production over the previous 12 months. Consumers living in the state average an annual per capita consumption of 15.26 megawatt hours of electricity. With annual production of 99,591,650.36 megawatt hours, the state of South Carolina is the 14th largest generator of electricity in the country.

Residential Electricity Providers in South Carolina

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Dominion Energy13.59147.748,527,9471,159,028,00021,559,651.198,773,808,397.02
Duke Energy Carolinas11.23121.96,797,035763,101,55232,419,188.941,022,431,238.01
Duke Energy Progress11.82148.32,098,844247,979,5836,022,0051,745,707,501.33
Santee Cooper11.34113.391,957,517221,921,88218,279,670.822,503,830,623.01
Berkeley Electric Cooperative13.32162.831,432,342190,803,000No DataIcon representing missing value.1,012,886,478.33
Palmetto Electrictric Cooperative11.60147.05984,169114,135,273No DataIcon representing missing value.412,193,597.94
Horry Electric Cooperative13.84157.67969,760134,203,000No DataIcon representing missing value.323,957,434.86
Blue Ridge Electric Coop14.86156.48775,346115,224,400No DataIcon representing missing value.291,815,816.71
York Electric Cooperative12.17135.6767,39793,376,000No DataIcon representing missing value.286,724,202.52
Mid Carolina Electric Cooperative12.98155.65760,02998,657,000No DataIcon representing missing value.279,255,805.26

Power Plants in South Carolina

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Oconee County Nuclear 22,171,512350,394,725.5515.8No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
York County Nuclear 19,193,688271,055,611.8814.12No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Fairfield County Nuclear 8,425,562129,609,943.1915.38No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Berkeley County Coal 7,025,4796,881,933,194.61979.57YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Pine Ridge Nuclear 6,020,630101,514,847.3816.86No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Anderson County Natural Gas 5,605,8162,098,733,185.97374.38YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Jasper County Natural Gas 5,035,7821,981,423,092.81393.47YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Anderson County Natural Gas 4,802,6502,079,018,303.18432.89No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Georgetown County Coal 3,331,502.013,455,337,489.071,037.17Yes12/2028
Berkeley County Coal 2,799,122.012,630,836,216.1939.88YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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South Carolina uses non-renewable fuels to generate 18.1 megawatt hours per citizen, making them the 7th highest state for non-renewable generation per capita.

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Residents in South Carolina deal with an average of 0.68 outages lasting 78.57 minutes each year, compared to the national averages of 1.13 outages at 127.16 minutes per outage.

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South Carolina is the 23rd largest state by population in the United States, with 5,148,714 citizens residing within the state's borders.

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Nuclear plants in South Carolina combine to create 56.04% of the electricity produced in the state, which is 55,811,392 megawatt hours each year.

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Dominion Energy is the largest electricity supplier in South Carolina when calculated by megawatt hours sold.

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As the 9th highest generator of solar energy in the country, South Carolina produces 2,057,344.94 megawatt hours.

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Abbeville County24,5275No DataIcon representing missing value.13.05$128.76/mo
Aiken County170,8723313.77$153.57/mo
Allendale County8,6883314.31$169.00/mo
Anderson County202,5584912.99$138.54/mo
Bamberg County14,0663113.68$159.73/mo
Barnwell County20,8663414.29$168.13/mo
Beaufort County192,1222213.31$147.65/mo
Berkeley County227,9073512.49$138.31/mo
Calhoun County14,5533614.33$157.71/mo
Charleston County411,4063213.62$154.01/mo
Cherokee County57,3006612.41$136.08/mo
Chester County32,2445412.01$135.61/mo
Chesterfield County45,6505113.13$152.82/mo
Clarendon County33,7454412.30$159.17/mo
Colleton County37,6773114.76$164.32/mo
Darlington County66,6183512.63$158.44/mo
Dillon County30,4794112.37$156.70/mo
Dorchester County162,8093113.92$161.29/mo
Edgefield County27,2604No DataIcon representing missing value.12.93$143.11/mo
Fairfield County22,3474412.61$141.15/mo
Florence County138,2935612.61$159.89/mo
Georgetown County62,6805312.23$145.59/mo
Greenville County523,5425612.38$127.45/mo
Greenwood County70,8117311.54$118.77/mo
Hampton County19,2223713.15$150.14/mo
Horry County354,0814212.19$138.12/mo
Jasper County30,0732512.94$147.52/mo
Kershaw County66,5517212.27$136.08/mo
Lancaster County98,0124212.81$136.67/mo
Laurens County67,4936213.51$134.95/mo
Lee County16,8285512.16$143.43/mo
Lexington County298,75041013.54$151.22/mo
Marion County30,6573212.63$158.43/mo
Marlboro County26,1184112.12$154.72/mo
McCormick County9,4636113.28$141.06/mo
Newberry County38,4407113.00$131.53/mo
Oconee County79,5465413.96$137.20/mo
Orangeburg County86,17551014.02$158.57/mo
Pickens County126,8844312.93$137.58/mo
Richland County415,7594413.87$153.96/mo
Saluda County20,4735212.70$140.69/mo
Spartanburg County319,78561012.32$128.47/mo
Sumter County106,7215No DataIcon representing missing value.12.07$142.68/mo
Union County27,3167412.76$140.25/mo
Williamsburg County30,3683No DataIcon representing missing value.12.73$163.43/mo
York County280,9795311.86$128.49/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

The state of South Carolina’s power producing plants primarily use Nuclear, which makes up 56.04% (or 55,811,392 megawatt hours) of the fuel used for electricity generation in the state. Natural Gas and Coal make up 22.49% and 14.97% of electricity production, respectively. About 21,044,493,783.73 kilograms of CO2 emissions are released in the state because of electricity consumption. This total also can be equated to a ranking of 33rd highest in the US for emissions per capita with an average of 4,087.33 kilograms of emissions capita. South Carolina has 156 electricity producing plants, which is 19th most in the country and 25th highest when counting power plants per capita.

NUCLEAR
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
56.04%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
22.49%
COAL
Coal
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14.97%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Conventional Hydroelectric
2.15%
SOLAR Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Solar
2.07%
OTHER
Other
2.29%

South Carolina Net Metering

Of the 47 electricity providers in South Carolina, 32 of them report that they offer net metering. South Carolina has good regulations in place for consumers who are interested in taking advantage of net metering with solar panels.

Energy Loss

There are 44 companies in South Carolina that reported energy loss, including Dominion Energy, Santee Cooper, and Berkeley Electric Cooperative. Together, these 44 electricity companies average an annual energy loss of 3.24% of electricity produced. The national average for energy loss is 2.72%, resulting in a rank of 27th worst in the US for South Carolina in this category.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

Encouraging private citizens to purchase private solar panels can be a challenge due to high initial costs. States can help the cause by issuing rebates and tax breaks to their citizens. With over $2000 or 20% in tax credits for solar purchases, South Carolina has decent options for state solar tax credits. The state offers no rebates to citizens who are purchasing private solar. The state of South Carolina offers no property tax exemptions to homeowners who install solar panels, making it less attractive for citizens to do so. Residents in the state do not have access to a sales tax exemption when purchasing private solar panels.

State Level Initiatives

Legislation enforced at the state level affects whether customers who are seeking renewable energy sources can easily find alternatives. Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) encourage or require electricity companies to produce a percentage of their electricity from renewable fuel sources. South Carolina, unfortunately, has no standards in place. Also, the state does not have any sort of low income solar programs that encourage the installation of solar panels at low income households.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in South Carolina

Where does South Carolina get its electricity?

South Carolina’s electricity is produced using mainly Nuclear, which makes up 56.04% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuel sources are Natural Gas and Coal, which account for 22.49% and 14.97% of total production respectively.

What electricity company is the largest provider in South Carolina?

By total megawatt hours sold, Dominion Energy is the largest electricity supplier in South Carolina.

What is a good electricity rate in South Carolina?

The average cost per kilowatt hour of electricity is 12.64 cents in South Carolina in 2021.

Does South Carolina have a deregulated electricity market?

South Carolina has a regulated electricity market, rather than a deregulated market. This means that citizens in the state normally have only one or two electricity supplier choices to choose from due to state legislation.

How many electric companies offer service in South Carolina?

South Carolina is home to 47 electricity suppliers serving consumers in the area.

How many power plants are located in South Carolina?

There are 156 active electricity plants in South Carolina

What is the average electric bill in South Carolina?

The average electricity bill in South Carolina in 2021 is $141 while the US average is $120.

What power companies are in South Carolina?

State Customers RankArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.ProviderArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.State CustomersArrow DownBlue arrow pointing down.
1Dominion Energy758,835
2Duke Energy Carolinas622,754
3Santee Cooper193,873
4Duke Energy Progress172,083
5Berkeley Electric Cooperative110,214
6Horry Electric Cooperative81,919
7Palmetto Electrictric Cooperative75,758
8Blue Ridge Electric Coop66,733
9York Electric Cooperative62,320
10Laurens Electric Cooperative59,031

What is the cheapest electricity company in South Carolina?

Residential Rate RankArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.ProviderArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.Residential Rate (¢)Arrow UpArrow pointing upwards.State CustomersArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.
1Greenwood Electric Company8.4214,128
2Georgetown, South Carolina Electric Utility9.085,005
3Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities11.0024,421
4Gaffney Electric11.077,407
5Duke Energy Carolinas11.23622,754
6Santee Cooper11.34193,873
7Palmetto Electrictric Cooperative11.6075,758
8Duke Energy Progress11.82172,083
9Black River Electric Cooperative SC11.9332,714
10York Electric Cooperative12.1762,320

Last Reviewed By: Matt Hope
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-10-13