COLUMBIA, S.C. (News Release) – Governor Nikki Haley joined energy providers in South Carolina Wednesday to encourage South Carolinians to conserve energy on Thursday and Friday mornings of this week between the hours of 6 a.m. until 9 a.m.
"Our state will experience the coldest weather of the season with wind chills near zero degrees," Governor Haley said, "and we encourage everyone to manage through this challenge together."
"The hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. are typically when winter demand for energy is at its highest level," said Keller Kissam, president of retail operations at SCE&G. SCE&G, along with other utilities, is forecasting historic levels of energy consumption during these times.
"As energy providers, we design and construct our electric system to meet peak demand of our customers in the most challenging weather conditions," said Clark Gillespy, South Carolina President for Duke Energy.
The electric cooperatives across South Carolina are also encouraging members to conserve power during this time. "Turning off nonessential lighting and appliances during these hours will certainly help," said Mike Couick, president and CEO of The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, "as well as setting your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower and refraining from using large appliances such as dishwashers, washers, and dryers. The goal is to reduce the state's peak electricity demand."
"We're fortunate in that this critically cold period will only last a couple of days," said Marc Tye, Senior Vice President of Customer Service for Santee Cooper. "The focus is on those early-morning hours when you're getting up and ready for work or school. I'd like to thank everyone in advance for small changes in energy uses that will make a big impact now and an even bigger impact if you continue to practice them going forward."
"All energy providers in the Southeast are interconnected," stated Office of Regulatory Staff Executive Director Dukes Scott, who is in constant contact with utilities during such times. "Our state's utilities plan each day of the year in order to be prepared to meet these challenges."