SCE&G - Net Metering (South Carolina)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place South Carolina

Name SCE&G - Net Metering
Incentive Type Net Metering
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government, Tribal Government
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Hydroelectric, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Wind
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Aggregate Capacity Limit 0.2% of utility's SC jurisdictional retail peak demand for previous calendar year
Applicable Utilities SCEandG

Meter Aggregation Not addressed
Net Excess Generation Credited to customer's next bill at applicable time-of-use rate or less; granted to utility annually on June 1

REC Ownership Customer owns RECs until REC market emerges, at which point utilities will own RECs

System Capacity Limit 100 kW for non-residential; 20 kW for residential

Date added to DSIRE 2008-08-20
Last DSIRE Review 2012-05-25
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


In August 2009, the South Carolina Public Service Commission issued an order mandating net metering be made available by the regulated electric utilities; the order incorporates a net metering settlement signed by the individual interveners, the Office of Regulatory Staff and the three investor-owned utilities (IOUs). The order detailed the terms of net metering, including ownership of RECs, in South Carolina and standardized the structure of net metering programs offered by the IOUs.

South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) designed two net-metering options for its South Carolina customers. These options are available to SCE&G customers operating photovoltaic (PV) systems, wind turbines, biomass systems or small hydro-electric systems

Customer net excess generation (NEG) is credited to the customer's next bill at the utility's retail rate, and then surrendered to the utility annually on June 1st. Under one net-metering option, customers must switch to a time-of-use (TOU) tariff that incorporates potentially high demand charges into its fee structure. Under the second option, customers pay an additional monthly fee to net meter. These tariffs involve additional charges that do not apply to customers who do not net meter.

Systems must conform to the Standard for Interconnecting Small Generation 100 kW or Less with Electric Power Systems. For more information, see the utility's program web site.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Customer Service - SCE&G

Place Columbia, South Carolina
Zip/Postal Code 29218
Phone (800) 251-7234


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"