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The heartbeat of South Carolina

February 01, 2017   By Susan Mungo in Community

Santee Cooper employees have a long tradition of giving back to the communities in which we serve.

February is designated heart month by the American Heart Association. Here at Santee Cooper we feel like we are part of the very heartbeat of South Carolina all year long.

Throughout our history we have provided essential services and supported charitable organizations. We’ve provided employment to individuals whose hearts have always beaten to the drum of helping and providing for citizens and businesses in our community, our state and even our country.

When Santee Cooper first generated power on Feb. 17, 1942, the first power delivered was to North Charleston’s Pittsburgh Metallurgical Corp. (later Macalloy), a smeltering operation. They produced ferrochromium, a critical defense metal important during World War II  to harden steel for battleships and tanks, among other uses.

Santee Cooper, whose formal name is the South Carolina Public Service Authority, was created in 1934 to bring electricity to underserved and rural... Continue Reading >>

The power of giving after the struggle of loss

December 14, 2016   By Susan Mungo in Community

Jessica Richardson, Santee Cooper Customer Services Representative

As the Pee Dee River rose to historic levels and breached her home, Jessica Richardson worked 12-hour shifts in Santee Cooper’s Customer Call Center. As she calmed customers who were without power, her husband called to tell her the river would soon overtake their home.

Her children were already in a safe place, but her dogs and her belongings were in the flood’s path. Jessica simply asked her husband to “just get my dogs out.” She remained on the job, helping customers.

Jessica remembers how sad her children were to lose their cherished memories and belongings to the flood. Not wanting other children to feel loss because of their family’s situation, Jessica recently chose a tag from an Angel Tree and adopted a child from Aynor’s Christmas list.

Jessica is one of many employees who took care of Santee Cooper customers while their own homes were destroyed by winds or flood waters from... Continue Reading >>

Celebrating seasons is upon us and the chance to make memories

November 09, 2016   By Nicole Aiello in Community

Celebrate The Season, which begins Nov. 25, is one way Santee Cooper and its sponsors give back to the community.

Yesterday, a co-worker of mine told about his weekend. He was rummaging around his attic in search of his family’s Christmas decorations. Yes, that’s right. Santa’s not the only one checking off lists. Christmas trees are going up as you read this.

And although that fact gives me some anxiety – not only because I love Thanksgiving, but also because my co-worker is putting up nine (you read that right – nine) trees in his house – I know the holiday spirit is in many of my friends' hearts and homes already.

Santee Cooper and Old Santee Canal Park are also working on making spirits bright. Employees are assembling snowflakes, decorating trees, taking conference calls with Santa, and testing thousands of sparkling blue, green, red and yellow LEDs in preparation for this year’s Celebrate The Season Holiday Lights Driving Tour and Holiday Fairs.

These jolly elves are happy to pitch in for this community... Continue Reading >>

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 >>