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Spring 2017

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2016 was a good year for economic development

For decades, Santee Cooper has worked jointly with the electric cooperatives on economic development initiatives, offering loans, grants and attractive incentive rates.

These programs also assist with infrastructure and the construction of speculative buildings in the service territories of Santee Cooper, co-ops and municipal electric utilities served.

Collectively, 2016 efforts allowed Santee Cooper and the electric cooperative’s power system to add 43 location announcements, $830.6 million in capital investment and 5,006 new jobs.

 

Santee Cooper added nearly 3,000 customers last year

Santee Cooper added 2,723 residential and commercial customers last year, continuing a trend of steady growth in the direct-serve territories in Berkeley, Georgetown and Horry counties.

That number, as of Dec. 31, 2016, totaled 176,748 customers. In 2015, a total of 2,456 customers were added and in 2014, that number was 2,754.

“We continue to see a steady increase in retail customer growth over the last several years,” said Mike Poston, vice president of retail operations. “We will continue working to enhance every aspect of our retail services to ensure we continue to excel at meeting the needs and expectations of this growing customer base.”

 

PowerSource magazine cited as “Notable State Document”

PowerSource, Santee Cooper’s quarterly corporate magazine, was awarded a 2016 Notable State Document Award by the South Carolina State Library. Public Relations Director Nicole Aiello, the publication’s editor, accepted the award on March 17 in Columbia.

The South Carolina State Depository System annually selects 10 notable publications that were released in the past calendar year. Librarians representing selected depository collections serve as judges and the awards are announced in honor of Freedom of Information Day. 




Competitors and spectators enjoyed Lineworkers Rodeo

Santee Cooper Lineworkers Rodeo was held at the Horry Georgetown Technical College Lineworker Training Site in Conway on April 1.

Lineworkers who competed were from Santee Cooper and five electric cooperatives, including Berkeley, Blue Ridge, Horry, Palmetto and York. The event offered exciting competition among Journeyman teams and Apprentices, and included kids’ events, food vendors, and visits from Santee Cooper’s GOFER and Horry Electric’s Willie Wiredhand mascots. 

Overall winners in the Journeyman division were:

- First place: Chad Williams, Dow Hardee and Joe Sawyer (Santee Cooper)

- Second place: William Burbage, Mark Milovich and Wesley Mason (Berkeley Electric Cooperative

- Third place: Jake Murray, Tyler Davison and Travis Wiggins (Santee Cooper)

Overall winners in the Apprentice division were:

-First place: Lucas Elston (York Electric Cooperative)

-Second place: Aaron Hughes (Santee Cooper)

-Third place: Jamie Anderson (Santee Cooper)

Congratulations to all who competed. For a full list of winners, visit www.santeecooper.com/rodeo.

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