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Dominion Energy South Carolina 2020 Rate Increase Request

Docket No. 2020-125-E

Dominion Energy South Carolina (DESC) filed an application to increase its rates by approximately 7.7% with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSC) in August 2020. The average residential consumer’s monthly bill would increase by $9.68 per month if approved. The case is scheduled to be considered by the PSC in January 2021.


Rate Increase Request Summary

Number of Impacted Consumers: 753,000
Total Revenue Requested: $2.067 billion
Total Revenue Increase Requested ($): $178 million
Total Revenue Increase Requested (%): 7.75%

Average Monthly Bill of Residential Consumers Using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month
Current (2020): $122.31
If Rate Increase is Approved (2021): $131.99
Potential Increase in Average Monthly Bill: $9.68 (7.91%)


How Can Consumers Participate?

  1. Fill out a Letter of Protest on the PSC’s website.

  2. Attend Public Hearings and Testify
    Consumers will be able to participate and let the Commissioners hear their concerns.
    - Monday, November 9, 2020 at 6:00 PM
    - Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 6:00 PM
    - Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    More specifics on how to testify can be found in the notice on the PSC’s website (PDF).

Important Dates (as published by the PSC)

08/14/2020          Application Filed
09/04/2020          Company Testimony Due
09/30/2020          Company has Published Notification of Increase
10/30/2020          Petition to Intervene Deadline
11/09/2020          Virtual Public Night Hearing
11/10/2020          Virtual Public Night Hearing
11/10/2020          All Other Parties Testimony Due
11/12/2020          Virtual Public Night Hearing
11/30/2020          Company’s Rebuttal Testimony Due
12/15/2020          All Other Parties Surrebuttal Testimony Due
01/05/2021          PSC Hearing Begins
02/15/2021          PSC Order Issued
03/08/2021          Approved Rates Go into Effect


Intervenors

  • AARP South Carolina
  • CMC Steel South Carolina
  • Frank Knapp, Jr.
  • ORS
  • SC Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Sierra Club
  • South Carolina Energy Users Committee
  • United States Department of Defense and all other Federal Executive Agencies
  • Walmart, Inc.

About DESC

In January 2019, Dominion Energy, Inc. and SCANA Corporation (South Carolina Electric & Gas or SCE&G) merged. DESC provides service to over 753,000 electric customers and operates in 24 counties in the central, southern, and southwestern areas of the state.

Average Monthly Bill of Residential Consumers Using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month
After Last Rate Increase (2013): $137.65
Before V.C. Summer Nuclear Abandonment (2017): $147.70
After V.C. Summer Nuclear Abandonment (2019): $124.91
Current (2020): $122.31