Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Electric & Gas says it is using rolling blackouts to deal with extremely cold weather in the state.
The utility said Tuesday it will use a series of rolling blackouts as it works to manage its generating capacity and demand. The company says the outages should last no more than 15 minutes at a time.
The utility said it has lost generating capacity because of weather driven mechanical issues at several of its power plants.
Nearly 50,000 customers are without power in South Carolina.
SCE&G reported about 43,000 customers without service in central and southern South Carolina. The biggest outages were in the Charleston area
Duke Energy reported nearly 5,500 customers without service in western South Carolina early Tuesday. The worst problems were in Oconee and Greenville counties.
To report power outages, customers can call 1-888-333-4465.
To check for power outages in your area, go to the following sites:
(The Associated Press. 2013)