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Spring 2017


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Lonnie Carter, President and CEO of Santee Cooper

Seventy-five years ago this Feb. 17, Unit 2 at the Jefferies Hydroelectric Station came online and Santee Cooper officially entered the electricity generating business. Unit 4 passed the 75-year mark on March 5. Unit 1 saw that milestone on April 24, followed by the other two Jefferies hydro units in June and July.

I invite you to learn more about the history of Jefferies in this issue of PowerSource. It is an interesting story, one that started as an economic development program, was accelerated as a national defense project and stands today as a testament to solid engineering and construction.

Santee Cooper signed a contract to provide electricity to Berkeley Electric Cooperative in 1942 – on April 21, to be exact. That was our first partnership with an electric cooperative, and today we proudly deliver electricity wholesale to Central Electric Power Cooperative, which in turn provides it to the state’s 20 local cooperatives – serving all 46 counties in South Carolina. Central is Santee Cooper’s largest customer. Santee Cooper and the electric cooperatives have deep roots in this state, and we are all focused on serving the people who depend on our power – through keeping their lights on, and through improving their communities through economic development. 

Santee Cooper also proudly provides wholesale power to several municipalities, from Georgetown and Bamberg in the Lowcountry to the Upstate’s Piedmont Municipal Power Agency. We count more municipalities among our direct-serve, retail base stretching from the Grand Strand into Berkeley County – where we first generated electricity in 1942. As it is with the cooperatives, our commitment to each of these localities includes reliable, affordable power, excellent customer service and economic development.

As Santee Cooper begins our second 75 years, it is appropriate to recall our mission: to be the state’s leading resource for improving the quality of life for all South Carolinians. That is certainly my focus and pledge to you.

Lonnie Carter