Electric companies preparing for record energy use during cold blast

VIDEO: Electric companies preparing for record energy use during cold blast

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Power companies across South Carolina are preparing for what could be a record demand for electricity with the entire state under a wind chill advisory.

SCE&G is expecting energy use to be high Thursday and particularly Friday between 6 and 9 a.m. Officials say on a typical winter day, their customers use about 4,000 megawatts of power. On Friday, they say usage will jump to about 4,600.

"We maintain reserve capacity on our system, and so as long as our plants are up and running, we can handle the load demand from our customers," explains Cedric Green, the general manager of Southern Electric Operations at SCE&G.

Officials at SCE&G, Santee Cooper and Berkeley Electric Cooperative are encouraging the public to unplug items that are not being used. 

"Don't run your large appliances such as dishwashers, dryers, or washing machines," said Keller Kissam, SCE&G Retail Operations President. "Also, your thermostat has a big part to play in that. Set it on 68 degrees or lower."

Officials at all three power companies say a blackout is unlikely.

"We've done a lot of things from a reliability standpoint to prepare for an event like tomorrow," says Green. "No concerns."

Governor Haley has also called on South Carolinians to conserve energy over the next two days to combat the projections.  

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