COLUMBIA, SC — Update (12:15 p.m.):SCE&G announced that it has ended the rolling blackouts, focusing instead on restoring power to those who have lost it.
Original story: SCE&G has scheduled rolling blackouts throughout its service territory due to extremely high demand on its electric system.
According to SCANA Spokeswoman Emily Barrett Brady, SCE&Gs electric system has lost part of its generating capacity due to weather driven mechanical issues at several of its power plants. The rolling blackouts will protect the stability of the electric system.
Brady said customers should turn off and unplug non-essential appliances in order to conserve as much energy as possible.
SCE&G cant give specific times or which customers will be affected by the outages, however, Brady did say the outages should last approximately 15 minutes.
Customers can report power outages to 1-888-333-4465, and an online outage map can be found at sceg.com/en/storm-center/outage-map/.
Brady said other utilities up and down the East Coast are experiencing similar situations.