SCE&G holds public meeting on rate hike

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - All SCE&G customers could be in for a rate hike and Monday night is your chance to have your say on the issue.

The Lowcountry will get their chance to weigh in at a public hearing on Monday, November 5 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the International Longshoreman's Association building at 1142 Morrison Drive.

SCE&G says they are requesting a 6.61 percent overall increase in retail electric base rates. If{}the Commission approves the fuel coast decrease and the base rate increase, residential rates would increase 4.85 percent in January 2013.

That means, on average, the monthly bill of a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity would increase $6.67.

Spokesman Kim Asbill of SCE&G says that the company has spent $300 million dollars in upgrades to ensure customer reliability and now it's time to get some of that money back.