South Carolina is a powerhouse when it comes to affordable and reliable energy. Costing approximately 15 percent less than the national average, the state attributes its low-cost, reliable power to a diverse mix of energy sources, including hydroelectric, nuclear, coal, natural gas and other renewable resources. Due to investments in nuclear power infrastructure, South Carolina also maintains stable electricity costs.

"Charleston's strong port coupled with its strengthening profile in alternative energy gave us complete confidence in our decision to come here." –Rudiger Unverzagt, CEO, IMO USA

Other energy highlights:

  • South Carolina has used emissions-free nuclear power since the early 1970s
  • South Carolina is the third largest generator of nuclear-powered energy in the U.S.
  • South Carolina generates more than 50 million net megawatt hours of energy from nuclear power
  • Two new nuclear plants could come online by 2016