Electricity Rates in South Carolina

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Companies & Statistics in South Carolina

  • Population
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  • Total Production
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    98,296,032 MWh / 18.94 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    83,183,788 MWh / 16.03 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    5,919,748 MWh / 1.14 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    21,103,042,232 kg / 4,065.54 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    92,376,283 MWh / 17.8 MWh per capita
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Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in South Carolina

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.151/kWh$0.104/kWh$214.40/mo.$105.72/mo.
31st14.24¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of South Carolina
44th$155.5Average residential monthly electricity bill for South Carolina Residents

South Carolina Electricity Fuel Mix

South Carolina's Electricity Prices and Usage

South Carolina has an average residential electricity rate of 14.24 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 7.20% below the United States average price of 15.34 cents. This ranks South Carolina as the 31st lowest priced state in the nation using average electric rate. The state has over 50 electricity suppliers, but consumers are left with a single supplier choice due to the fact that South Carolina has a regulated electricity market. On average, citizens of South Carolina account for 4,065.54 kilograms of CO2 gases from electricity use for each resident of the state, which is 31st highest in the US. Coal usage for electricity generation in the state has decreased by 9.08% within the past 12 months. In the state of South Carolina, the usage of renewable fuels for electricity generation has dropped by 3.46% throughout the last 12 months, an unfortunate trend. Consumers in the state have an average monthly residential electric bill of $155.5 per month. The US average monthly bill is $137.45.

Residential Electricity Providers in South Carolina

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Dominion EnergyBUNDLED16.29168.588,315,8511,354,955,00021,878,391.09
Duke Energy CarolinasBUNDLED11.75125.146,936,830814,944,19429,540,570.47
Duke Energy ProgressBUNDLED12.50153.812,106,334263,329,9185,658,234
Santee CooperBUNDLED11.26111.262,027,307228,176,99618,629,517.97
Berkeley Electric CooperativeBUNDLED13.49157.751,473,667198,791,000
Horry Electric CooperativeBUNDLED12.04134.431,015,619122,269,000
Palmetto Electrictric CooperativeBUNDLED11.96146.53970,684116,110,878
York Electric CooperativeBUNDLED12.11131.11797,75096,635,000
Blue Ridge Electric CoopBUNDLED15.28157.06782,968119,641,100
Mid Carolina Electric CooperativeBUNDLED12.75146.46749,13295,510,000

Commercial Electricity Providers in South Carolina

ProviderService TypeCommercial Rate (¢)Commercial Average Bill ($)Commercial Sales (MWh)Commercial Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Dominion EnergyBUNDLED13.34806.417,762,8911,035,700,00021,878,391.09
Duke Energy CarolinasBUNDLED9.19405.925,527,466507,817,30829,540,570.47
Santee CooperBUNDLED9.41488.691,983,476186,696,75018,629,517.97
Duke Energy ProgressBUNDLED10.99461.881,658,284182,195,4325,658,234
Berkeley Electric CooperativeBUNDLED12.69377.9519,23865,909,000
Palmetto Electrictric CooperativeBUNDLED11.57398.06463,83053,662,870
Rock Hill ElectricBUNDLED13.141,087.11368,12048,385,000
York Electric CooperativeBUNDLED11.55420.86230,32626,610,000
Mid Carolina Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.77487.81227,17824,457,000
Horry Electric CooperativeBUNDLED12.97202.77217,94528,265,000

Power Plants in South Carolina

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Oconee County Nuclear 21,131,354
York County Nuclear 18,954,844
Fairfield County Nuclear 8,591,044
Berkeley County Coal 7,502,2486,933,503,784.92924.19
Anderson County Natural Gas 5,749,2462,597,661,019.94451.83
Darlington County Nuclear 5,654,376
Jasper County Natural Gas 5,060,077.031,974,427,876.7390.2
Anderson County Natural Gas 4,488,4731,706,457,133.05380.19
Columbia Energy Center (SC)Dominion Energy (100.00%)
Calhoun County Natural Gas 2,712,917.99828,530,033.16305.4
Georgetown County Coal 2,213,6712,305,378,067.11,041.4312/2028

Quick Facts

Citizens in South Carolina deal with an average of 1.15 outages lasting 87.66 minutes per year, compared to the nationwide averages of 1.58 outages at 145.81 minutes per outage.

Residents of the state use 83,183,788 megawatt hours for their electricity needs, ranking South Carolina as the 18th largest consuming state in the nation.

South Carolina produces the 22nd highest amount of electricity per capita from natural gas, with the fuel type accounting for 2.67 megawatt hours a year per person.

When calculating by customer count, Dominion Energy is the largest provider in the state of South Carolina.

With 5,190,705 residents living within the state and 98,296,031.55 megawatt hours produced a year, South Carolina had a megawatt hour per capita production of 18.94 megawatt hours. This is the 15th highest megawatt hour per capita amount in the US.

South Carolina averages 16.03 megawatt hours used per year per person. The state is 12th in megawatt hours consumed per capita.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Abbeville County24,3746212.50$124.26/mo
Aiken County168,0453315.27$160.68/mo
Allendale County8,3042315.82$174.68/mo
Anderson County202,22341112.36$130.73/mo
Bamberg County13,5254115.74$175.07/mo
Barnwell County20,8013515.86$172.91/mo
Beaufort County186,0072415.56$164.84/mo
Berkeley County224,8063712.96$138.15/mo
Calhoun County14,1983515.90$168.13/mo
Charleston County404,9462215.24$164.50/mo
Cherokee County56,2046712.77$135.39/mo
Chester County32,2735312.21$132.45/mo
Chesterfield County43,6554113.15$153.61/mo
Clarendon County31,6135413.01$161.63/mo
Colleton County38,5202115.92$168.89/mo
Darlington County63,4333812.22$152.44/mo
Dillon County28,5274211.89$148.01/mo
Dorchester County160,1803115.76$172.36/mo
Edgefield County25,938415.14$159.47/mo
Fairfield County21,1866415.25$162.46/mo
Florence County137,2764912.67$159.19/mo
Georgetown County62,9925312.09$136.69/mo
Greenville County519,1785712.20$129.34/mo
Greenwood County69,3384311.70$123.67/mo
Hampton County19,2273715.00$162.88/mo
Horry County344,8654411.92$132.81/mo
Jasper County28,3632414.93$161.62/mo
Kershaw County64,9898213.18$152.86/mo
Lancaster County94,6534212.71$134.48/mo
Laurens County67,1485212.32$131.46/mo
Lee County16,7304612.35$154.12/mo
Lexington County291,72341115.31$162.37/mo
Marion County29,5853212.23$152.52/mo
Marlboro County26,9124111.62$144.21/mo
McCormick County9,5846115.50$161.11/mo
Newberry County37,8428213.53$140.70/mo
Oconee County77,9325413.43$139.90/mo
Orangeburg County84,90951115.27$164.45/mo
Pickens County129,6174412.88$134.92/mo
Richland County414,7196415.56$165.79/mo
Saluda County19,0085215.14$160.49/mo
Spartanburg County322,86461212.35$131.96/mo
Sumter County105,537412.52$155.15/mo
Union County27,3067613.45$144.22/mo
Williamsburg County31,2791113.20$169.90/mo
York County276,5695412.02$128.04/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

When it comes to electricity generation, South Carolina's top fuel is Nuclear, accounting for 54,331,618 megawatt hours, or 55.27% of production in the state. Natural Gas and Coal are the second and third most often used fuel types for electricity generation. Natural Gas makes up 24,075,221.6 megawatt hours (24.49%) of electricity production and Coal makes up 13,840,392.98 megawatt hours (14.08%) of total generation in the state. Approximately 21,103,042,232.25 kilograms of CO2 emissions are released in the state from electricity use. Averaging 4,065.54 kilograms of CO2 emissions per citizen, the state ranks 31st highest for emissions per capita. South Carolina has 181 power plants, which is the 17th most in the US and 24th most when counting facilities per citizen.

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South Carolina Net Metering

Roughly 76.09% of the electricity providers in South Carolina offer net metering to their consumers. South Carolina has good regulations in place for consumers who are interested in taking advantage of net metering with solar panels.

Energy Loss

South Carolina has 28 electricity providers who report energy loss during transmission activities. The average energy loss for these suppliers is 3.11%. With a nationwide average of 2.45%, South Carolina is the 23rd best state in the country.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

When it comes to stimulating personal solar, one of the government's easiest methods is tax and rebate related incentives. With over $2000 or 20% in tax credits for solar purchases, South Carolina has decent options for state solar tax credits. Offering no rebates for solar panel installs, the state currently is dropping the ball for its citizens who want to install private solar panels. The state of South Carolina offers no property tax exemptions to homeowners who install solar panels, making it less attractive for residents to do so. Homeowners in the state do not have access to a sales tax exemption when purchasing solar panels.

State Level Initiatives

Whether a consumer is able to easily find electricity options with renewable fuel sources is at least somewhat determined by initiatives at the state level. Many states require green fuel sources to be a percentage of the fuel used for electricity production by providers in the state. These guidelines are referred to as Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). The state of South Carolina does not currently have any standards set up that providers have to adhere to. Furthermore, there are currently no low income solar programs to assist low income families to install solar panels.

Learn about going solar in South Carolina, find out which system size is best for you, compare local installers and see which incentives are available in your area.

FAQ: Common Questions About Electricity in South Carolina

What is a good electricity rate in South Carolina?

The average electricity rate in South Carolina is 14.24 cents per kilowatt hour, so anything below this amount is better than most. The lowest priced provider is currently Greenwood Electric Company, at 9.00 cents per kilowatt hour.

Which electricity company is the largest supplier in South Carolina?

By total revenue, Dominion Energy is the largest electricity supplier in South Carolina.

Where does South Carolina get its electricity?

The main fuels used for electricity generation in South Carolina are Nuclear, Natural Gas and Coal, accounting for 55.27%, 24.49% and 14.08% respectively.

Does South Carolina have a deregulated electricity market?

South Carolina has a regulated electricity market, rather than a deregulated market. This means that consumers in the state normally have only one or two electricity provider options when it comes time to choose who they purchase electricity from.

What is the cheapest electricity company in South Carolina?

What is the average electric bill in South Carolina?

In 2023, South Carolina has an average electricity bill of $155, while the United States average is $137.

How many power plants are located within South Carolina?

South Carolina has 181 power plants generating electricity for the state.

What electricity companies offer service in South Carolina?

How many electric companies offer service in South Carolina?

South Carolina has 46 electricity providers offering service in the area.

Matt Hope
Last Reviewed By: Matt Hope
Published: 2022-10-18