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Santee Cooper employees accepted the annual Safety Award of Excellence at APPA’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference on May 8. Pictured are Chair of APPA Safety Committee Rick Aguilar, Santee Cooper’s Manager of Occupational Safety Jason Fugate, Manager of Distribution Operations Neil James, Vice President of Retail Services Mike Poston and Manager of Berkeley Operations Trey McCants, and APPA Senior Vice President of Engineering Services Michael Hyland.
Santee Cooper employees accepted the annual Safety Award of Excellence at APPA’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference on May 8. Pictured are Chair of APPA Safety Committee Rick Aguilar, Santee Cooper’s Manager of Occupational Safety Jason Fugate, Manager of Distribution Operations Neil James, Vice President of Retail Services Mike Poston and Manager of Berkeley Operations Trey McCants, and APPA Senior Vice President of Engineering Services Michael Hyland.

Santee Cooper wins prestigious APPA awards and earns Reliable Public Power Provider designation

Santee Cooper was presented with an award for outstanding safety, a Reliable Public Power Provider designation, and first and second places overall in the national lineworkers rodeo.

The awards were announced May 8 at the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) national Lineworkers Rodeo and at the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, both held in San Antonio, Texas

Safety Award of Excellence

Santee Cooper has earned a first place APPA annual Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2016. The award is in the category for large utilities, with 1,000,000 to 3,999,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.

“We are extremely pleased and proud to have earned APPA’s Safety Award for Excellence,” said Ken Lott, Santee Cooper’s interim vice president of human resource management. “Santee Cooper considers safety for our employees and customers of paramount importance. This award is a testament to the dedication and focus our employees have and continue to have in creating and maintaining a safe working environment.”

Lott says that in 2016 Santee Cooper recorded 29 safety incidents, the fewest of any year since records were kept. Santee Cooper has a workforce of 1,759 employees.

“Our safety record in 2016 was likely our best ever,” says Lott. “We have been steadily lowering the annual number of safety incidents over the last 30 years. We continue to see positive results in 2017. For example, in March and April we went 48 consecutive days without a safety incident.”

From left: The Santee Cooper Journeyman team of Johnny Brinson, Jay Ayers and Kevin Rhode took first place at the national lineworkers rodeo. Drew Jordan, Chad Williams and Joe Sawyer earned second place.
From left: The Santee Cooper Journeyman team of Johnny Brinson, Jay Ayers and Kevin Rhode took first place at the national lineworkers rodeo. Drew Jordan, Chad Williams and Joe Sawyer earned second place.

Lineworkers Sweep Rodeo Awards

Santee Cooper’s lineworker teams swept first and second place on May 6 at the national APPA Lineworkers Rodeo. Out of 73 competing teams, the Santee Cooper transmission team won first place overall and the Santee Cooper distribution team won second.

The transmission team includes Jay Ayers, Johnny Brinson and Kevin Rhode. Drew Jordan, Joe Sawyer and Chad Williams make up the distribution team. Neither one of the Santee Cooper teams lost any points during event competition, meaning they met every safety standard.

In addition to the overall awards, Rhode, Brinson and Ayers placed first in the cutout replacement, first in the OCR replacement and second in the phase tie-in events. Jordan, Sawyer and Williams placed second in the crossarm replacement and third in the OCR replacement events.

Also, Santee Cooper Distribution Apprentice James “Sport” Rabon placed third in the cutout fuse replacement event, out of more than 150 apprentices in that class.

Reliable Public Power Provider Designation

Santee Cooper earned the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Diamond Level designation from APPA for providing customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. This is the fifth time Santee Cooper earned the RP3 designation.

“We work hard to provide safe, reliable, low-cost and environmentally responsible power and water to our customers,” said Mike Poston, vice president of retail operations. “The RP3 designation represents our employees’ efforts, and we are honored to receive the Diamond level again.”

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.

Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. This is the 12th year that RP3 recognition has been offered. Santee Cooper joins more than 220 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

“Utilities that have earned an RP3 designation demonstrate public power’s emphasis on achieving leading practices and providing a high level of service to communities,” said David Lynch, chair of APPA’s RP3 review panel and assistant director of utility operations at Marquette Board of Light and Power in Marquette, Mich. “We are proud to welcome all utilities earning this recognition for the first time and to those renewing their designations.”

Located in Washington, D.C., APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, state, municipal, regional and district utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training and operations.

Boaters use the Pinopolis Lock at Jefferies Hydroelectric Station to be raised or lowered the 75-foot difference between the Tailrace Canal and Lake Moultrie.
Boaters use the Pinopolis Lock at Jefferies Hydroelectric Station to be raised or lowered the 75-foot difference between the Tailrace Canal and Lake Moultrie.

Summer operating hours for Pinopolis Lock

The summer operating hours for the Pinopolis Lock at the Jefferies Hydroelectric Station on Lake Moultrie are 9 a.m. (or 30 minutes after sunrise, whichever is later) to 7:30 p.m. (or 30 minutes before sunset, whichever is earlier). Digital signage at the lock will display the current operating status.

Please remember that the lock does not operate during thunder-storms or rough-water conditions. Occasionally, it is necessary to take the lock out of service for periodic maintenance or repair. If you will have a large party of boats, you are encouraged to call in advance. Please call 843-899-LOCK (5625) with any questions.

Mosquito spraying around lakes Marion and Moultrie

The Santee Cooper Vector Management program is conducting seasonal mosquito spraying around lakes Marion and Moultrie. Santee Cooper will be spraying at various times during prime mosquito season.

> Berkeley County: Dubois Peninsula, Live Oak, General Moultrie (sections  I and II), Dubois Extension, Bonneau Park, Pinopolis, Halls, Thornley Forest (sections I and II), Thornley Extension, Locklear Landing, Overton, Diversion Canal, Black Oak, Cross, Diversion Canal, S&S Campground, Johnston’s Landing, Black’s Camp, Big Oak Landing & Campground, and Angel’s Landing Campground & Marina.  Public boat landings are also served.

> Calhoun County: Poplar Creek Landing, Low Falls, High Hills, Calhoun and Washington Point.  Public boat landings are also served.

> Clarendon County: Church Branch, Davis, W.B. Davis, Clark, Gin Pond, Wyboo, Frierson, White Oak (sections I, II, III), Rowland, Taw Caw, West Wyboo, Prince (sections I, II,III), Francis Marion, Goat Island, Cantey Bay, Alex Harvin Landing, Scarborough’s Landing, Camp Bob Cooper, Polly’s Landing, Cooper’s Landing, Goat Island Resort, Taw Caw Landing, Taw Caw Park, Taw Caw Campground, John C. Land Landing and Elliott’s Landing.

> Orangeburg County: St. Julien, St. Julien Extension (sections I and II), Fountain, Fountain Lake, Belvedere, Belvedere (section II and III), Sinkler, Eutaw Spings, Ferguson’s Landing, Bluff, Bluff View, Red Bank (sections I and II), Mill Creek, Mill Creek Campground and Santee State Park. Public boat landings are also served.

> Sumter County: Pack’s Landing and Sparkleberry Landing.

Santee Cooper typically sprays around 50,000 acres annually by truck for adult mosquito control and 300 acres for larval control in communities surrounding the Santee Cooper Lakes. The chemicals used in spraying processes are EPA approved and employees who spray are licensed by the Clemson University Department of Pesticide Regulation.

The prime season for mosquitoes begins as early as April and typically ends in November. About 50 mosquito species inhabit the area surrounding the lakes. Mosquitoes breed in standing water and the Santee Cooper Vector Management Program urges residents to decrease mosquito activity by eliminating potential breeding sites.  Any container that holds water should be emptied or removed.

The Santee Cooper Mosquito Control website at www.santeecooper.com/mosquitocontrol provides a general overview of Santee Cooper’s mosquito-control services. Requests for service may be submitted via this website. Scheduled spray runs are also posted.