In response to legislation passed by South Carolina lawmakers in late June, the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSC) ordered SCE&G to temporarily remove from retail electric rates the increases associated with the Base Load Review Act (BLRA) after 2010.

This temporary reduction (also known as a decrement rider) of approximately 15 percent is being reflected on customer bills issued on and after Aug. 7, 2018, and will be effective through December 2018, or earlier if the PSC issues approval in the company’s filing to merge with Dominion Energy.

August bills also include a one-time bill credit for BLRA-related electric charges collected during April, May, June, and July 2018.

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The temporary rate reduction and one-time credit will appear as a line item on customer bills issued on and after Aug. 7, 2018. The temporary rate reduction – also known as a decrement rider – will remain in effect through the final billing cycle of December 2018, or earlier if the Commission Order in the company’s merger filing docket takes effect sooner.

Example Bill displaying Decrement Credit and Discount
The amount of the bill credit will vary depending on usage. A residential customer whose electricity usage averaged 1,000 kWh per month in April, May, June and July can expect to receive a bill credit of approximately $90.00. In addition, the one-time credit will include the appropriate portion of any late fees, taxes or franchise fees paid on approximately 15% of the electric usage, April through July.
Residential electric customers using 1,000 kWh per month will see a reduction of approximately 15% which is about $22. In addition, the rate reduction will include the appropriate portion of any late fees, taxes or franchise fees paid on approximately 15% of the electric usage.
The temporary rate reduction will affect SCE&G’s retail electric rates for residential customers, small business general service, medium general service and large customer classes. Lighting customers will not see any impact, as lighting rates were not impacted by the BLRA. There also will be no impact on SCE&G’s natural gas rates.
Your Budget Billing monthly payment amount has been decreased by 15% of the electric portion of your Budget Billing amount. This adjusted amount will be in effect until your account goes through its next review period or anniversary, whichever occurs first. At that time, an additional adjustment may be necessary to help prevent a large balance from accumulating.
Yes, a check will be sent to you based on your forwarding address as long as there's not an outstanding balance on your account. Customers can expect to receive checks by late August into mid-September.
The credit will be calculated based on electric usage and will be applied to the remaining account balance (electric and gas) for each electric customer receiving the refund. Although the credit will be applied to the total account balance which includes gas service for combination customers, the amount of the credit will be determined solely on electric usage. This is consistent with SCE&G’s existing refund process and ensures that the customer account is credited timely.
The $1,000 refund from Dominion is part of Dominion’s merger offer with SCANA, and will only happen if the merger receives the necessary approvals which includes the Public Service Commission. The PSC has until the end of December to make its decision on the merger. If the merger is approved, Dominion has committed to making the refunds within 90 days of the closing.
Previous bills can easily be accessed online at sceg.com. Once you log in to your account, click on My Bills & Payments, and then click on Bill History. This will give you immediate access to 24 months of previous bills.