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State Profile and Energy Estimates

Changes to the State Energy Data System (SEDS) Notice: In October 2023, we are updating the way we calculate primary energy consumption of electricity generation from noncombustible renewable energy sources (solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal). Visit our Changes to 1960—2022 conversion factor for renewable energy page to learn more.

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Quick Facts

  • Natural gas deliveries to South Carolina's electric power sector increased by three-fourths in the past decade, increasing from 100 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2011 to 178 billion cubic feet in 2021.
  • South Carolina’s per capita natural gas consumption ranks among the lowest 15 states, due in part to the state's mild winters. About one in four households in the state rely on natural gas for heating.
  • South Carolina’s four nuclear power plants supplied 54% of the state’s total electricity net generation in 2021, and the state was the third-largest producer of nuclear power in the nation.
  • South Carolina’s industrial sector, which includes the manufacture of motor vehicles, chemicals, and paper products, is its largest end-use energy sector and accounts for about one-third of the state’s total energy consumption.
  • South Carolina ranks among the top 10 states in residential sector per capita electricity sales, and more than 70% of state households heat with electricity and nearly all of them have electric air conditioning.

Last Updated: January 19, 2023

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