Tuesday, January 7, 2014
SCE&G has announced that it is instituting rolling blackouts throughout the Lowcountry to meet the increased demand for power caused by the extreme drop in temperature Tuesday.
According to SCE&G, 10,212 are without power in Summerville and North Charleston, along with 4,251 customers in Beaufort County. About 20,847 Charleston County homes are without power as of 10:25 a.m. More than 56,000 customers across the state are without power, according to SCE&G.
In an announcement on its website, SCE&G states:
“Due to the extremely cold weather in our area, SCE&G is experiencing high demand on its electric system and has lost part of its generating capacity due to weather driven mechanical issues at several of its power plants.
“In order to protect the stability of the electric system and to continue to meet our customers’ needs, SCE&G has implemented rolling blackouts throughout its service territory. Customers in some areas may experience short periods of time without power. These outages will last approximately 15 minutes. “Customers should turn off and unplug non-essential appliances and conserve energy as much as possible. SCE&G will not be able to alert customers to the exact time or if their power will be affected, but SCE&G encourages customers to be aware that power outages should last for no more than 15 minutes. This is a dynamic situation and SCE&G will continue to manage this situation so that its customers are minimally affected.
“Other utilities up and down the East Coast are experiencing similar situations.
“Our call centers are experiencing heavy volume, so customers need to be aware that they also can report outages on our website sceg.com/storm or through their mobile device at sceg.com/mobile. To report power outages, customers can call
1-888-333-4465. Customers may also view outages on SCE&G’s outage map. In addition to the rolling blackouts, SCE&G is responding to other weather-related outages across the system that may last for a longer time.”
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