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South Carolina   South Carolina Profile

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  • Natural gas deliveries to South Carolina's electric power sector have more than doubled in the past decade, increasing from 87 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2010 to 185 billion cubic feet in 2020.
  • South Carolina’s per capita natural gas consumption ranks among the lowest 10 states, due it 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 55% of the state’s total electricity net generation in 2020, 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 the 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: December 16, 2021

More Data & Analysis in South Carolina

South Carolina, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 22
Total Energy per Capita 26
Total Energy 25
Crude Oil --
Natural Gas --
Coal --
Electricity 13
Natural Gas 6
Electricity 19
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 27

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South Carolina Energy Office

Public Service Commission of South Carolina

South Carolina Office of Economic Opportunity, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

South Carolina Office of Economic Opportunity, Weatherization Assistance Program

South Carolina Energy Office - Renewable Energy


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