Electric Service Rates and Load Management

Southport City Hall

1029 N. Howe Street
Southport, NC 28461

Office Hours: Monday – Friday,  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
(910) 457-7900

Electric Service Administration

Finance Department 
New Services, Billing and Rates  |  Tel: (910) 457-7900

Electrical Superintendent
Paul ‘Ellie’ Pittenger   |   Tel: (910) 457-7938
[email protected]

Department Administrative Assistant
Jackie Smith  |  Tel: (910) 457-7935
[email protected]

Electric Service Rates

All fees subject to change without notice. Please contact Public Services if you have any questions about which fees apply to you.

RESIDENTIAL                                                                    COMMERCIAL

Base Rate:        $23.00/mo.                                Base Rate:        $25.50/mo.

RATE CODE       $/kWh                                        RATE CODE       $/kWh

SR0              $0.125                                                          SC0              $0.125

SR1              $0.115                                                          SC1              $0.115

SR2              $0.105                                                          SC2              $0.105

SR3              $0.095                                                          SC3              $0.095

SR4              $0.085                                                          SC4              $0.085


Base Rate:                                                    $75.00/mo.

Usage:                                                           $0.0551/kWh

CP Demand:                                                 $32.72/kW

Excess:                                                        $2.50/kW (NCP-CP)


Base Rate:                                                    $75.00/mo.

Usage:                                                          $0.0578/kWh

CP Demand:                                                 $26.00/kW

Excess:                                                        $4.00/kW (NCP-CP)

Rooftop Solar Rates

Effective Jan.1, 2021

BUY ALL/SELL ALL                                                    

Base Rate:   $23.00/mo. + $3.75

Rate Code:  $/kWh

SP15:            $0.0665


Base Rate:       $28.00/mo.

Rate Code:       $/kWh

SP30:                $0.125*

*Load Mgmt. tier applicable

The 2021 Electric Utility Survey will begin Monday, March 8th!

The City of Southport Public Utilities is partnering with ElectriCities, a not-for-profit membership organization of municipally owned electric utilities that are spread across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, to conduct residential and commercial telephone surveys as part of a long-term planning study.

The telephone survey will begin on March 8th, 2021 and will be conducted by GreatBlue Research, Inc., a professional market research firm located in Glastonbury, Conn. We want to hear from you, so keep an eye out for the name of the firm (“GreatBlue”) on your caller ID, or the phone number that will appear will be 860-740-4000, or a variation of it.

If customers have any questions about the survey, please contact GreatBlue Research, Inc. at 860-740-4000. Inquiries about the cost of the survey, utility rates should be directed to the City’s Electrical Superintendent Paul E. Pittenger, 910-457-7938.

Electric Service Interruptions

The City of Southport does not guarantee continuous and uninterrupted electric service and shall not be liable for loss or damage caused by any failure to supply electricity or by any interruption or reversal of the supply of electricity unless due to the negligence of the City.

The customer shall notify the 24 Hour Emergency number promptly at 800-682-5309 of any defect in service or of any trouble or irregularity in the electric supply. In no event shall the City be responsible for any damage resulting during the customer’s delay in notifying the City of such trouble or irregularity.

Load Management Program

It is possible to save on your electric bill by having load management switches installed on your electric water heaters, central air conditioning systems, or heat pump heating/cooling systems.

  • There is no cost to install a switch.
  • Water heaters are controlled 12 months of the year.
  • Air conditioning units are usually controlled from May through October.
  • All load management switches are installed by a licensed electrician.
  • If you disconnect your load management switch, your electric rate will revert to a higher rate.

Ordinance amending Chapter 19, Article V, of the Southport City Code

Article V. Electrical Service

Sec. 19-186. Load Management.

(a)          The building contractor or his plumbing or electrical sub-contractor shall place a Load Management switch provided by the City on all Electric water heaters 40 gallons or larger, as long as they are no more than 9kW, installed in new residential structures before a Certificate of Occupancy is issued. (April 12, 2018)

(b)          The building contractor or his HVAC or electrical sub-contractor shall place Load Management switches provided by the City on all compressor and heat strip circuits on all standard 240V Electric Heat Pumps or HVAC units installed in new residential structures (“mini-split” heat pump units and geothermal systems are exempt) before a Certificate of Occupancy is issued. (April 12, 2018)

(c)           Property owners, when making application for electrical service to an existing residential property, shall permit installation of load management switches if not already installed and functioning on all compressor and heat strip circuits, on all standard two hundred forty volt (240V) electric heat pumps or HVAC units (“mini-split” heat pump units and geothermal systems are exempt) and on all electric water heaters forty (40) gallons or larger provided they are no more than nine (9) kilowatts before an electrical service account will be granted. (June 11, 2020)

Load Management Information Packet

    Load Management Customer Participant Agreement