Utilities

Companies in Dorchester County benefit from utilities that are abundant, reliable, and economical.

Ample, Affordable Power

Dorchester County offers ample and affordable power. South Carolina's electricity rates are approximately 20-25% below the national average.

South Carolina power generators use a number of fuel sources - such as oil, coal, nuclear, hydroelectric, natural gas, and methane - to provide an abundant, reliable energy supply.

  • The Charleston region is served by two generating electric utilities with a combined capacity of 10,275 megawatts.
  • The region is part of the South Carolina transmission grid, which is served by four generating utilities with a combined capacity of 19,721 megawatts.

Energy Providers:

Abundant, Reliable Water



Dorchester County offers readily available, high-quality water through the Lake Marion Regional Water System.



Managed by state-owned utility Santee Cooper, the $118 million, three-phase project has secured federal funding and has been widely supported by local and federal lawmakers. Utilizing South Carolina’s largest lake, the water system is serviced by a $30 million treatment plant.



The new Lake Marion Regional Water System will benefit citizens of Dorchester County and help make local industry more competitive.