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      SC agency says SCE&G should stop bill adjustments

      By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A state regulatory agency that represents the public says SCE&G should stop a bill-adjusting program that's supposed to benefit customers but is so complicated, only the utility can determine if people are being correctly charged.

      The Office of Regulatory Staff recommended Friday that SCE&G terminate its Electric Weather Normalization Adjustment with December's bills.

      The adjustments were approved in 2010 as a way to prevent customers' bills from spiking. Electricity rates are lowered during extremely hot or cold months and raised during milder-than-normal temperatures.

      Regulatory Staff director Dukes Scott says it's a good idea in theory, but bills are impossible to check. Only the utility can make and verify the complex calculations.

      Utility spokesman Eric Boomhower says that overall, customers have saved $25 million over the last three years.

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