Where does my dollar go?
Hover over the graphic below to learn how the money received through electric rates is distributed.
Fuel to generate electricity
A direct pass-through of the costs of fuel to run power plants; SCE&G doesn’t profit from this portion of the rates
Providing customers with safe &
Costs associated with building, maintaining, improving and operating SCE&G’s electric system
Property taxes, income taxes and other taxes
The costs and interest associated with financing investments in the SCE&G infrastructure system (power plants, lines, transformers, etc.)
3,400 dedicated employees focused on providing SCE&G’s customers with safe and reliable electric service
Electric and Natural Gas Rates - An Overview
There are two parts to electric and natural gas rates. The first, often referred to as “base rate,” includes the costs involved with providing service to customers, as well as the opportunity to earn a fair and reasonable profit. The Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSC) determines what is fair and reasonable.
The other part of rates is slightly different for electric rates than for natural gas rates.
On the natural gas side, it’s called purchased gas costs, which can account for as much as 74% of your rate. SCE&G is in the natural gas delivery business but is not a producer of natural gas. A significant portion of what an SCE&G customer pays for natural gas is a direct pass-through of costs incurred purchasing natural gas on the wholesale market. SCE&G is not allowed to earn any profit on this part of rates. SCE&G’s purchased gas costs are reviewed monthly and this part of natural gas rates is adjusted up or down as necessary to reflect those costs. This is called a purchased gas adjustment.
On the electric side, it’s called fuel costs. These costs include the purchase and transportation of fuel, such as coal or natural gas, to run SCE&G’s power plants. Fuel costs are a direct pass-through. In other words, SCE&G’s customers pay what the company pays. SCE&G is not allowed to earn any profit on this part of rates. Fuel costs are reviewed annually and this part of electric rates is adjusted up or down to reflect those costs. This is called a fuel cost adjustment.
How Electric Rates are Determined
SCE&G is regulated by the PSC and is legally required to provide electric service to all customers in its assigned service territory. SCE&G also is a natural gas distribution company regulated by the PSC. SCE&G is able to seek recovery through rates for costs it prudently incurs building, operating and maintaining its electric and gas systems. SCE&G cannot adjust customer rates without PSC approval.