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      Agency could order end to SCE&G program

      <p> <font size="2">Agency could order end to SCE&amp;G program</font> </p>

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's utility regulatory agency is expected to decide whether SCE&G must end its complicated bill-adjusting program.

      The issue is on Wednesday's agenda for the Public Service Commission. It could order that customers' bills reflect their actual electricity usage.

      The utility's Electric Weather Normalization Adjustment was designed in 2010 to protect customers against billing spikes during extreme weather. But the agency that represents the public in utility issues said last month it's so complex, only SCE&G can determine if customers are being correctly charged.

      SCE&G has since filed a joint petition agreeing with the Office of Regulatory Staff's recommendations to end it.

      But the Public Service Commission has the final say. The petition asks the regulatory agency to order the adjustments to stop with bills issued from December meter readings.