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SC Rep. calling on electric companies to give customers 30 extra days to pay high bills

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South Carolina Representative, Wendell G. Gilliard of Charleston County has asked that electric companies give their customers an extra 30 days to pay their electric bills.

Gilliard says, “It has come to my attention that many customers that are seniors, veterans and low-income housing residents are in need of 30 extra days to pay their electric bills due to the snow storm which was a rarity in the state of South Carolina.”

Take for example, Margo Shofield whose bill came up to be $609.54 for her 1900 sq. foot home in January.

SCE&G said the reason why bills have been so high for the month of January is because of the bitter cold from the first week of January where temperatures fell into the 20’s and even teens.

Paul Fischer with SCE&G said that auxiliary heat kicks in when temperatures get into the 20’s and teens which causes heat usage to increase exponentially.

Gilliard also said, “I am making this request as a law maker that has worked with seniors, veterans and low-income housing residents for many years and see the struggles they face on a daily basis.”

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