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Energy Efficiency Opt-In/Opt-Out Provision

What accounts are eligible to opt out?

An opt-in/opt-out enrollment period occurs annually Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. The following opt-out eligibility requirements have been approved by the Public Service Commission of South Carolina:

To qualify to opt out, the non-residential customer must:

  1. Be served under an electric service agreement where the establishment is classified as a “manufacturing industry” by the Standard Industrial Classification manual published by the United States Government with more than fifty percent (50%) of the electric energy consumption of such establishment being used of its manufacturing processes; or
  2. An electric service agreement for general service with an annual consumption of 1,000,000 kWh or greater in the billing months of the prior calendar year.*
  • Any customer that chooses this option will, after the date of notification to the utility, be exempt from the energy efficiency rider established pursuant to the rule beginning the next calendar year.

  • New customers who have accounts that meet the eligibility requirements to opt out have 60 days after establishing service to notify Duke Energy of their election decision. If no opt-out election is made during the first 60 days, the new account will remain opted in to the company’s energy efficiency programs. From then on, opt-out decisions can only be made during the company’s annual decision window.
  • At the time Duke Energy petitions for the annual rider, it may be required to provide the commission with a list of those industrial or large commercial customers that have opted out of participation in the new energy efficiency measures.
  • Any customers that opted out during the annual enrollment window may, at their sole discretion, change their election to opt in during a March opt-in window (first five business days of March) and participate in the company’s energy efficiency programs. Customers choosing this option should note that the rider will be retroactively applied back to Jan. 1. Customers who choose this opt-in option lose the right to be exempt from the rider for that calendar year.
  • Qualifying customers may choose to participate in only the energy efficiency programs only the demand-side management programs, both or neither.
  • To opt out, qualifying customers must complete the Energy Efficiency and Demand-Side Management Decision Form. Once the form is received, a qualifying customer will be exempt from the costs associated with the “energy efficiency” and/or “demand-side management” components of the energy efficiency rider. However, in doing so, customers forego the opportunity to take advantage of incentives, which can improve the bottom line and lower the cost of doing business.
  • Before submitting a request for exemption from this suite of energy-saving programs, we encourage customers to visit our energy efficiency programs page.

Energy Efficiency and Demand-Side Management Decision Form

To view, complete and print the form you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer (click here to download the software). Once you have accessed the application, save the blank template directly to your computer, do not attempt to fill out the form while it is open in a web browser. After opening your application, select “Highlight Existing Fields” in the top right hand corner of the form to ensure that all fillable fields on your form are show in blue. Once you have completed your form, print a hardcopy for your records and save it to your computer.

Energy Efficiency Frequently Asked Questions

*Commercial customers consuming at least 1 million kilowatt-hours annually are eligible to opt out. For commercial customers consuming at least 1 million kilowatt-hours annually, all other accounts billed to the same entity with lesser annual usage located on the same or contiguous properties are also eligible to opt out.