Gov. McMaster requests all utilities in SC not suspend, disconnect utilities for nonpayment

Gov. McMaster requests all utilities in SC not suspend, disconnect utilities for nonpayment
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - On Saturday afternoon, Governor Henry McMaster requested “all utilities in South Carolina not suspend or disconnect any essential services for nonpayment for the duration of the current State of Emergency.”

Dominion Energy and Berkeley Electric Company have both announced they will not disconnect services for people who cannot pay during this time.

Dominion Energy said the following in their announcement:

“Our customers should not have to worry about losing service during this critical time. Therefore, we have suspended all service disconnections for nonpayment. We know the communities we serve rely on us to provide an essential service. We remain committed to providing reliable energy service 24-7.”

Berkeley Electric Co. said the following:

We know the economic impact from this pandemic will be felt nationwide, and members of Berkeley Electric Cooperative may experience financial hardships. Therefore, until further notice, we will not disconnect meters for non-payment. If you are having trouble paying your bill as a result of the coronavirus, please contact your Berkeley Electric district office to make payment arrangements. Awendaw: 843-884-7525 / Goose Creek: 843-553-5020 / Johns Island: 843-559-2458 / Moncks Corner: 843-761-8200 / Pre-paid accounts will continue to bill as normal. If you are enrolled in pre-paid billing and need assistance, please contact your district office.

Duke Energy said the following:

“As a part of your community and a provider of essential services, we are here to support you during this uncertain time. Since many of you may be facing unusual financial hardship, we are suspending disconnection for nonpayment effective immediately. This applies to all home and business accounts in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee. We will continue to look for ways to support customer needs during the pandemic. Thank you.”

Santee Cooper also sent emails to customers saying it will not disconnect power for delinquent bills through April 2 as the company monitors COVID-19′s impact in South Carolina. The utility company said it will re-evaluate the situation on April 2.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

Copyright 2020 WCSC. All rights reserved.