The Palmetto State’s energy future has been a major concern for South Carolinians lately. But Dominion Energy has a better plan.
If Dominion Energy and SCANA join together, the combined resources of these two companies would mean a brighter, more reliable energy future for South Carolina.
This proposed union has been crafted with SCANA’s 1.6 million customers top of mind. Electric and gas services wouldn't change. SCE&G headquarters wouldn't leave the state. Support for local charities and organizations wouldn't end.
What would be different? The partnership would result in immediate financial benefits for South Carolina. Thomas F. Farrell, II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion Energy, said this merger “would lock in significant and immediate savings for SCE&G customers—including what we believe is the largest utility customer cash refund in history.” Although exact amounts would depend on an individual customer’s electric usage, the average residential electric customer would receive a cash payment of $1,000.
Those payments add up: That would be $1.3 billion coming directly from Dominion Energy to SCE&G electric customers within 90 days after closing the proposed merger. That could pay for a lot of groceries for South Carolina families.
Customers would also see an additional rate reduction of at least 7 percent thanks to a lower federal corporate tax rate for the combined companies and other refunds. And Dominion Energy has promised no more rate increases to pay for the V.C. Summer nuclear expansion project. Ever.
“[The merger would] guarantee a rapidly declining impact from the V.C. Summer project,” Farrell said. Without this deal from Dominion Energy, SCE&G customers would have to continue paying for the nuclear project for the next 50 to 60 years, but this merger would reduce that by three to four decades.
In all, Dominion Energy’s plan for South Carolina would pay off $1.7 billion in failed nuclear project debt—money South Carolinians won’t have to pay.
With a promise to maintain SCE&G headquarters in South Carolina, Dominion Energy would be investing fully in the region. SCANA employees would have protections until 2020 and SCANA customers would take advantage of Dominion Energy’s expanded resources right away. The combination of SCANA and Dominion Energy would put them among the nation’s largest and fastest-growing energy utility companies, and communities served by SCANA would reap the benefits of Dominion Energy’s four core values: Safety, Ethics, Excellence, and One Dominion Energy.
Dominion Energy is already a community partner in South Carolina, contributing to non-profits in the state through its local office, Dominion Energy Carolina Gas Transmission. In 2015 and 2016, the company provided grants to 43 non-profits across South Carolina and Georgia. And after coming together with SCANA, Dominion Energy plans to contribute an additional $1 million in charitable giving—on top of what SCANA has already committed—each year for at least five years.
To understand why you would benefit from a Dominion Energy and SCANA merger, you need only look to Dominion Energy's record in the state of Virginia. Dominion Energy serves 2.5 million electric customers in the Commonwealth of Virginia, where residential electric rates are well below regional and national averages. An electric bill for a typical Dominion Energy Virginia customer has only gone up by 8 percent since July 2008—an annual rate of increase hovering around 1 percent. That means the inflation-adjusted price of Dominion Energy electric service in Virginia has actually dropped since 2008.
Additionally, Dominion Energy has maintained rate stability even while investing billions in new, reliable and secure supplies of energy—including a push for cleaner and more environmentally friendly sources, such as solar power generation.
This is an exciting time for South Carolina. The future is here—and it’s bright, strong and reliable with Dominion Energy.