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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 Providing customers with safe & reliable service Taxes Shareholder Return Financing costs Employee salaries
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 &
reliable service

Costs associated with building, maintaining, improving and operating SCE&G’s electric system


Property taxes, income taxes and other taxes

Shareholder return

The return to shareholders whose dollars fund the capital projects necessary to build and maintain the SCE&G electric system

Financing costs

The costs and interest associated with financing investments in the SCE&G infrastructure system (power plants, lines, transformers, etc.)

Employee salaries

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. SCE&G is in the natural gas delivery business but is not a producer of natural gas. The costs SCE&G incurs purchasing natural gas on the wholesale market are passed directly on to customers with no markup. 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. Purchased gas costs account for roughly half of your rate..

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.