Gov. Haley asks utilities to get the word out

Gov. Nikki Haley thanks utility companies and electric cooperatives for assisting state response to DOR breach

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced that public and private utilities and the twenty electric cooperatives of South Carolina are including a message regarding identity theft protection in customers’ electric and gas bills. More than 3.1 million customers across the state will be reached as customers begin to receive messages in November and December bills.

The governor’s office reached out to presidents and chief officers of utility companies and electric cooperatives to ask for assistance in contacting customers in the wake of the South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR) information technology security breach, and executives were more than willing to offer help.

“As I said yesterday, in the wake of bad people doing bad things, it’s wonderful to see good people stepping up to do good things,” said Gov. Haley. “I can’t thank these companies and executives enough – including Mike Couick from Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Keller Kissam from South Carolina Electric & Gas (a SCANA company), Clark Gillespy from Duke Energy of South Carolina and Lonnie Carter of Santee Cooper – for stepping up to help the people of our state. They are great corporate citizens.”