Charleston County, South Carolina Electric Profile

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In the previous 12 months, there has been a 10.64% decrease in the use of non-renewable fuel types for electricity generation in Charleston County.

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0.39 megawatt hours of electricity per person are produced using coal in Charleston County. This is 5th highest out of 46 counties in the state.

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Charleston County uses 1406.94% more megawatt hours than it produces.

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Charleston County generates 44.34% of their electricity from non-renewable fuel types. This equates to 0.45 megawatt hours per resident and places Charleston County as the 813th highest county in the country out of 3220 counties for non-renewable production per capita each year.

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Charleston County has a population of 411,406 residents.

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The nationwide average residential price per kilowatt hour is 13.45 cents, while residents of Charleston County pay an average rate of 2.35% more than the national average at 13.77 cents per kilowatt hour.

ENERGY CONSUMPTION

  • Total Consumption

    6,315,632 MWh

  • Consumption per Capita

    15.35 MWh

ENERGY PRODUCTION

  • Total Production

    419,103 MWh

  • Production from Renewable Energy

    233,289 MWh

  • Production from Non-Renewable Energy

    185,814 MWh

  • Production per Capita

    1.02 MWh

EMISSIONS

  • CO2 Emissions

    1,751,542,134 kg

  • CO2 Emissions per Capita

    4,257.45 kg

Charleston, SC Electric Overview

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Charleston has an average residential electricity price of 13.19 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 3.37% more than the average South Carolina price of 12.76 cents and 1.94% less than the national average of 13.45 cents. The city generates roughly 0.19 megawatt hours per consumer in the city a year from electrical generating plants located within its borders, which ranks it as the 36th highest generator in the state out of 397 cities. The average monthly residential electricity bill for a consumer in the city is $140.07 per month, while the state average is $140.03.

In Charleston, Natural Gas is 89.51% of the fuel types utilized for electricity generation. Tracking emissions on a per capita basis gives us a glimpse of the emissions efficiency of a city. The city averages 4,046.24 kilograms of CO2 emissions per citizen due to electricity use. This results in a total pollution amount from electricity consumption of 547,282,211.38 kilograms of CO2 emissions. Charleston has one electricity producing plant, which is 12th highest in the state.

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Charleston

Charleston residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in May.

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.165/kWh$0.074/kWh$233.96/mo.$99.39/mo.
229th13.19¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of Charleston
225th$140.07Average residential monthly electricity bill for Charleston Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Charleston, South Carolina

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Berkeley Electric CooperativeBUNDLED13.36159.45No DataIcon representing missing value.1,409,255188,241,000
Dominion EnergyBUNDLED13.78146.5825,6188,363,0121,152,809,000
Santee CooperBUNDLED11.33113.19No DataIcon representing missing value.1,965,271222,742,991

Zips with electric coverage in Charleston, South Carolina include: 29445, 29464, 29412, 29414, 29407, 29405, 29455, 29403, 29492, 29401, 29450 and 3 other zip code(s).

North Charleston, SC Electric Overview

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North Charleston's inhabitants are charged an average residential electricity rate of 13.78 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 8.03% above South Carolina's average price of 12.76 cents and 2.48% more than the national average of 13.45 cents. Consumers in the city deal with 1.16 power outages a year, with outages lasting an average of 127.95 minutes. The national averages for these data points are 1.21 outages at 122.99 minutes each. Consumers in the city pay an average monthly residential electricity bill of $146.58. This is 21.90% higher than the national average of $120.24.

As the worst ranked city out of 397 cities in the state, North Charleston releases 552,261,552.3 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity consumption each year. This total also results in a ranking of 3rd worst in the state for emissions per person. Wood/Wood Waste Solids makes up 59.29% of the fuel used for electricity production in North Charleston. Coal and Distillate Fuel Oil make up 40.48% and 0.23% of production, respectively. There is one electricity generation plant in North Charleston, which is the 12th highest number of plants in a city in South Carolina and is the 46th highest amount of power plants per capita in the state.

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in North Charleston

North Charleston residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in February.

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.189/kWh$0.048/kWh$254.27/mo.$65.51/mo.
315th13.78¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of North Charleston
264th$146.58Average residential monthly electricity bill for North Charleston Residents

Electric Companies With Service in North Charleston, South Carolina

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Dominion EnergyBUNDLED13.78146.58No DataIcon representing missing value.8,363,0121,152,809,000

Zips with electric coverage in North Charleston, South Carolina include: 29483, 29485, 29406, 29456, 29405, 29420, 29418, 29404, 29423

Mount Pleasant, SC Electric Overview

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The residential electricity price is 13.72 cents per kilowatt hour for Mount Pleasant, which is 7.54% more than South Carolina's average price of 12.76 cents. This means the city is 279th best for average electricity rate out of 397 cities in the state. Selling 84,196.56 megawatt hours, Dominion Energy is the largest supplier in the city. The city is faced with an average of 1.16 electrical outages per consumer a year. These outages go on for an average of 127.95 minutes. In comparison, the nationwide average is 1.21 outages per consumer and 122.99 minutes per outage.

Mount Pleasant has to turn to neighboring communities and rural areas for electricity, because no power production happens in the city. The city’s electricity use results in CO2 emissions totaling 344,444,647 kilograms, which is 4th highest in the state out of 397 cities. The city averages 3,959.95 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person in the city, which is a better measurement of the city’s emission levels. They rank as the 59th highest city in South Carolina in this category.

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in September.

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.180/kWh$0.061/kWh$249.76/mo.$85.34/mo.
279th13.72¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of Mount Pleasant
324th$148.47Average residential monthly electricity bill for Mount Pleasant Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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Berkeley Electric CooperativeBUNDLED13.36159.45No DataIcon representing missing value.1,409,255188,241,000
Dominion EnergyBUNDLED13.78146.58No DataIcon representing missing value.8,363,0121,152,809,000

Zips with electric coverage in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina include: 29464, 29466, 29429

Energy Production in Charleston County, South Carolina

Power Plants in Charleston County, South Carolina

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KapstoneWestRock North Charleston (100.00%)
North Charleston SC Wood/Wood Waste Solids 393,485212,224,206.47539.35No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Charleston SC Natural Gas 25,61818,279,114.12713.53No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Charleston County, South Carolina Details

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Charleston County's primary fuel utilized for electricity generation is Wood/Wood Waste Solids. They produce 55.66% of the total production in the county from this fuel type. Coal and Natural Gas have the second and third highest total usage, respectively, for electricity production. Coal makes up 159,279.14 megawatt hours (38.00%) of electricity generation and Natural Gas makes up 22,930.36 megawatt hours (5.47%) of total production in the county. For every person in the county there are 4,257.45 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use. Total emissions in the county are 1,751,542,133.9 kilograms, which is the 192nd worst total amount of pollution for any county in the nation. Charleston County has 2 power generation plants, which is 1044th most in the country and 2035th most when considering plants per person in the county.

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Wood/Wood Waste Solids
Wood/Wood Waste Solids
Wood/Wood Waste Solids
Wood/Wood Waste Solids
Wood/Wood Waste Solids
Wood/Wood Waste Solids
55.66%
COAL
Coal
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38.00%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
5.47%
DISTILLATE FUEL OIL
Distillate Fuel Oil
0.86%

Charleston County, South Carolina Net Metering

Charleston County has 3 out of 3 companies reporting that they offer net metering to residents with personal solar panels. Consumers in South Carolina have decent net metering laws that encourage the installation of solar.

Energy Loss

Charleston County electricity companies who report energy loss average roughly 2.88% of their energy lost per year. With a state average energy loss of 2.76%, Charleston County is ranked as the 6th best county in the state for energy loss efficiency.

Providers In Each City in Charleston County:

  • Awendaw, South Carolina:
    • Dominion Energy: 55.42%
    • Berkeley Electric Cooperative: 44.58%
  • Charleston, South Carolina:
    • Santee Cooper: 22.77%
    • Dominion Energy: 68.70%
    • Berkeley Electric Cooperative: 8.53%
  • Folly Beach, South Carolina:
    • Dominion Energy: 100.00%
  • Hollywood, South Carolina:
    • Dominion Energy: 98.02%
    • Berkeley Electric Cooperative: 1.98%
  • Isle of Palms, South Carolina:
    • Dominion Energy: 100.00%
  • James Island, South Carolina:
    • Dominion Energy: 100.00%
  • Kiawah Island, South Carolina:
    • Dominion Energy: 9.26%
    • Berkeley Electric Cooperative: 90.74%
  • Lincolnville, South Carolina:
    • Dominion Energy: 100.00%
  • McClellanville, South Carolina:
    • Dominion Energy: 96.86%
    • Berkeley Electric Cooperative: 3.14%
  • Meggett, South Carolina:
    • Dominion Energy: 100.00%
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina:
    • Dominion Energy: 85.31%
    • Berkeley Electric Cooperative: 14.69%
  • North Charleston, South Carolina:
    • Dominion Energy: 100.00%
  • Ravenel, South Carolina:
    • Dominion Energy: 72.24%
    • Berkeley Electric Cooperative: 27.76%
  • Rockville, South Carolina:
    • Berkeley Electric Cooperative: 100.00%
  • Seabrook Island, South Carolina:
    • Berkeley Electric Cooperative: 100.00%
  • Sullivan's Island, South Carolina:
    • Dominion Energy: 100.00%

* City coverage generated based on government data. Always verify you can get service from the provider.

FAQ

How many electric companies offer service in Charleston County, South Carolina?

Charleston County, South Carolina is home to 3 electricity companies operating in the area.

How many power plants are located in Charleston County, South Carolina?

There are 2 active power plants in Charleston County, South Carolina

Which electricity company is the largest supplier in Charleston County, South Carolina?

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

Which electricity companies offer service in Charleston County, South Carolina?

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1Dominion Energy44,289
2Berkeley Electric Cooperative25,538
3Coastal Electric Cooperative Walterboro657

Last Reviewed By: King Manalo
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-11-16