SCE&G Gets Approval to Lower Natural Gas Rates
Residential Customer Rates Drop 4.48%
 

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Cayce, SC, Oct. 15, 2010 … South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (NYSE:SCG), received approval today from the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSC) on a 2.31 percent overall decrease to its retail natural gas base rates, including a 4.48 percent reduction for residential customers.

SCE&G Vice President of Natural Gas Operations Marty Phalen said the decrease means residential customers on average will be paying over $100 a year less for natural gas beginning in November than they were one year ago. “Although this decrease relates to base rates, we are also pleased that the wholesale cost of gas remains very low as we prepare to head into the heating season,” said Phalen.

SCE&G filed for the decrease under terms of the Natural Gas Rate Stabilization Act, a South Carolina law designed to reduce volatility of customer rates by allowing for more efficient recovery of the costs that regulated utilities incur in expanding, improving and maintaining natural gas service infrastructure to meet the needs of customers. The rate decrease will be implemented with the first billing cycle of November.

Phalen said an increase in business from SCE&G’s interruptible industrial customers and lower capital spending costs by the company were the primary factors that allowed for the requested decrease.

The overall 2.31 percent decrease to natural gas rates breaks out as follows:

  • 4.48 percent decrease for residential customers
  • 2.18 percent decrease for small/medium commercial customers
  • 1.52 percent decrease for large commercial/industrial customers.

PROFILE

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility that provides natural gas service to approximately 310,000 customers throughout South Carolina. The company also is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 660,000 customers throughout the state. More information about SCE&G is available on the company’s website at www.sceg.com.  

SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Cayce, South Carolina, is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Information about SCANA Corporation and its businesses is available on the Company's website at www.scana.com.  

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