A new winter peak demand record of 4,076 megawatts of electricity over a one-hour period was set by SCE&G customers at 8 a.m. today. This is the second winter peak established by SCE&G customers this winter. The previous winter peak record of 3,900 megawatts was established at 8 a.m. on Dec. 20, 2000. A new 24-hour winter energy use record of 81,133-megawatt hours was also established on Dec. 20, 2000. December 2000 was the coldest December on record in Columbia since 1917.
Jan. 5, 2001 — The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC), the organization which promotes reliability of the bulk electric transmission system, will consider fines and sanctions against companies violating its reliability standards at the February board meeting.