Santee Cooper Board Approves Rate Study

Santee Cooper Board Approves Rate Study

Santee Cooper Board Approves Rate Study

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – Eight years after its last such review, the Santee Cooper Board of Directors today approved a comprehensive study of its electric rates to address a projected revenue shortfall beginning in 2025.

The study is expected to take approximately a year and will include rate needs for residential, commercial, industrial, lighting and municipal customers. Any recommendations from that study would require a Board-authorized public review and comment period of several months, most likely beginning in summer 2024, prior to any action on new rates. That public review and comment period would include:

  • An opportunity to review and submit written comments.
  • A series of public meetings to learn more and make verbal comments.
  • A Board of Directors meeting to highlight any changes to the recommendations related to public input, and an additional opportunity for verbal comments.

“Santee Cooper’s electric rates are very competitive and in 2025 will have been stable for eight years,” said Jimmy Staton, president and CEO. “The rate study is necessary to ensure we can continue to invest in the reliability of our system as it grows, while also continuing to transition to a greener power mix. We remain committed to keeping our prices as low as possible for all of our customers.” 

Santee Cooper has not increased its electric rates since April 2017, the second phased adjustment called for after the 2015 study. Most Santee Cooper rates are currently frozen through Dec. 31, 2024, and this rate study will not affect the rate freeze.

Santee Cooper’s management will develop a process compliant with state law prior to proposing any new rates or adjustments to existing rates. That process will be transparent and offer multiple opportunities for public review and input. Customers will be notified directly, and general public notice will be offered, about those public input opportunities. There is also a web page dedicated to this process, which will be updated throughout with information such as process milestones, public input opportunities, any proposed rate adjustments, and public meeting dates, times and locations. This web page can be accessed through a link on Santee Cooper’s homepage or directly at

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Santee Cooper has served the people of South Carolina for 90 years. Santee Cooper is the state’s largest power provider and the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state. It also provides clean drinking water to more than 200,000 people. Through its affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity and water services, and through innovative partnerships and initiatives that attract and retain industry and jobs, Santee Cooper helps power South Carolina. To learn more, visit and follow #PoweringSC on social media.