Columbia, S.C., July 28, 2005 - South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), for the second straight day 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 4,820 megawatts for the one-hour period ending 4 p.m., topping the short-lived high mark of 4,692, set on the previous day. Prior to the current heat wave gripping South Carolina, SCE&G's peak-demand record had stood at 4,574 megawatts for more than a year; that mark was set July 14, 2004.
Again breaking the previous day's record, SCE&G customers used a one-day record of 95,639 megawatt hours of electricity, topping the previous day's high of 91,013 megawatt hours. SCE&G had sufficient internal generation to meet the high load demand for both days.
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.
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. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company's Web site at www.scana.com.