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Summer 2017

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Santee Cooper recently received notable awards from the American Public Power Association. Along with sweeping 1st and 2nd places at the national Lineworkers Rodeo, we earned the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Diamond Level designation and the Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2016.

The RP3 Award recognizes our employees’ efforts in making sure our customers have reliable power, and I applaud them for their commitment and determination. Through regular maintenance, building redundancies in our system and some good old fashioned elbow grease, we work hard to make sure your electricity is available when you need it.

Generating and delivering electricity and water is hazardous work. Safety is a core value at Santee Cooper, and I firmly believe we cannot give it too much attention.

That’s why I’m proud that our employees achieved the APPA Safety Award of Excellence. I’m also proud that in 2016, Santee Cooper recorded just 29 safety incidents, the fewest of any year since we began keeping records. With our workforce of 1,759 employees, that’s quite an impressive accomplishment.

The most important goal for me is that all of our employees go home to their families each night. We cannot be too careful, especially when our “office” is a bucket truck several stories in the air. Getting to this point has taken teamwork and an unprecedented effort to look out not just for ourselves, but for each other. And so to each employee at Santee Cooper I say “thank you” for your vigilance, congratulations on your success, and keep continuing to make safety a top priority.

I’d also like to congratulate our two Journeyman teams who represented us at the national rodeo. More than coming in first and second, these two teams did not lose any points during the competition because of safety practices. In short, it shows they walk the walk when it comes to safety, even when the competition is stiff.

Lonnie Carter