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Reflections of Hurricane Matthew

October 19, 2016   By Susan Mungo in Community

Santee Cooper crews and crews from out-of-state worked relentlessly to restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew that struck The heart of Santee Cooper’s service territory on Oct. 8.

As I sat in my office on Oct. 7 watching Hurricane Matthew do the “wobble”, I had no idea how much life would change for some that weekend. Today, power has been restored to all of our customers who can receive power and life has resumed some sense of normalcy. But for some, everything changed. In fact I think it is safe to say Hurricane Matthew left a mark on the people of South Carolina.

By Saturday afternoon, it appeared Gov. Haley and “Team South Carolina” had made a brilliant decision to evacuate the coastal areas of South Carolina. Instead of taking a projected big right turn, Matthew kept a straighter line and seemed to pound the coastal regions of South Carolina for hours. The storm, along with a high tide, chewed away at the sand dunes and piers along our beaches. The high winds and flooding rains hit the state hard. For Santee Cooper alone, 137,000 of our 178,000 customers were in the dark.

By Sunday morning , Santee... Continue Reading >>

A Year of Caring

September 21, 2016   By Nicole Aiello in

Mike Poston, Santee Cooper vice president of Retail Operations, volunteered to paint during the United Way of Horry County’s Day of Caring held Sept. 9.

There are times when we all feel there should be more unity in our communities. Coming together to help those in need is a sure way to stand united, and employees at Santee Cooper recently united in the goal of helping our community.

Whether they’re donating their time, talents or hard-earned money, our team members put others first, and that was evident at this year’s Day of Caring for United Way of Horry County .

Each year, many of the United Way chapters nationwide organize one day of improvement projects that pull their community together. For United Way of Horry County, that took place on Sept. 9, and Santee Cooper employees were not afraid to get a little dirty as they scraped, painted and planted.

Sixty employees took part in the Day of Caring, which benefits organizations assisted by the United Way of Horry County. Santee Cooper employees volunteered at Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach, Community Kitchen and New Directions... Continue Reading >>


August 17, 2016   By Nicole Aiello in Community

Visitors enjoy a peaceful canoe ride at Old Santee Canal Park.

Road trip. Sightseeing tour. Expedition. Trek. Journey. Jaunt.

No matter what you call it, it’s one of my favorite things to do on a sunny weekend. Although I’ve lived in South Carolina for more than 15 years, there’s still a lot of the state I haven’t seen. If you have a passion for exploration and love a good daytrip, let me tell you about a quiet little spot in the Lowcountry that you may have never visited, or even heard of: Old Santee Canal Park.

Old Santee Canal Park is just a hop, skip and jump away from the greater Charleston area – only 34 miles from the heart of the peninsula. And it’s only a scenic hour and 50-minute drive from Myrtle Beach and Columbia. Basically, that’s perfect daytrip traveling time.

At Old Santee Canal Park , you can get up close and personal with wildlife while exploring the park’s beautiful surroundings and impressive history. Listen as frogs begin to sing... Continue Reading >>

Check out the latest issue of PowerSource magazine

February 10, 2016   By Kevin F. Langston in Community

Photo by Jim Huff

One of the biggest decisions a large-scale electric utility like Santee Cooper makes is the construction of generating facilities. And since May 2008, workers at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County have been building two additional nuclear power units. SCANA and Santee Cooper are partners on the project , of which the centerpieces are two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors rated at 1,117 megawatts apiece. Santee Cooper is contracted for 40 percent of that capacity when the units come online in 2019 and 2020.

You can read more about this massive undertaking in our latest issue of PowerSource magazine . There, you'll also find a timeline of significant milestones in the years-long process of permitting and building two of the first new nuclear units in the United States in over 30 years.

The Winter 2016 PowerSource also features a story about Santee Cooper's response to the historical rains that fell throughout South Carolina in early October.... Continue Reading >>

Day Tripping at Old Santee Canal Park

December 09, 2015   By Susan Mungo in Community

Photo by Jim Huff

I can't believe Christmas break begins this weekend for some students. To me, it feels as if summer was just a few weeks ago, but that may be in part because our fall weather has been fairly mild.

With the kids out of school and sunny, mild days in the forecast, you may be looking for a great day trip or family excursion. Old Santee Canal Park offers the perfect spot for a fun filled and educational outing.

Opened in 1989, Old Santee Canal Park (OSCP) is located in Moncks Corner where Biggin Creek joins the Cooper River. This 195-acre park offers guests excellent bird watching, hiking, canoeing and four miles of boardwalks allowing you up close and personal views of the creek's natural habitat.

In the middle of all this nature is the park's Interpretive Center. Here you can enjoy learning about native wildlife, watch a film on animals and the history of the area or read about the area's chronicled history as far back as 4000 B.C. You can... Continue Reading >>