10:30AM look at SCE&G's Outage Map, showing total households without power in their service area of South Carolina
COLUMBIA, SC (AP,WLTX) - South Carolina Electric & Gas says has suspended the use of rolling blackouts to deal with extremely cold weather in the state.
The utility said earlier Tuesday it was using a series of rolling blackouts as it works to manage its generating capacity and demand. The blackouts were stopped around 10:45 a.m.
The utility said it lost generating capacity because of weather driven mechanical issues at several of its power plants that caused them to lose voltage.
"Employee safety, customer safety, and reliability are our highest priorities, and today we had an usual situation that impacted our reliability," said Keller Kissam with SCE&G.
High demand also apparently put a load on the system. Keller Kissam with SCE&G says the company was approaching historic levels of power usage before the blackouts were implemented.
At its peak, more than 53,000 SCE&G customers were without power in South Carolina. In Richland and Lexington Counties alone, there were almost 16,000 outages. However, that number dropped to about 2,500 by 11:20 a.m.
The biggest outages statewide were in the Charleston area.
Duke Energy reported nearly 5,500 customers without service in western South Carolina early Tuesday. The worst problems were in Oconee and Greenville counties.