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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 >>

Giving thanks and giving back

November 25, 2015   By Willard Strong in Community
Santee Cooper - United Way Day of Caring

Santee Cooper employees volunteer for the 2015 Trident United Way Day of Caring.

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the blessings we have and the yuletide season also gives us the opportunity to reach out and help others.

At the risk of sounding like horn-tooting, the recently concluded fundraising effort for Trident United Way showed the generosity of Santee Cooper employees in the Moncks Corner area who again stepped up to make this year a record-setting effort, and contributing to make the Lowcountry a better place to live.

Our employees also contribute to United Way campaigns in Horry County, where we serve the municipalities of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Surfside Beach and Loris. Anderson County, where we have a generating station, also has our employees as part of their campaign.

The barrel of worthy causes will never be empty, of course, and one particular charitable organization cannot be everything to everybody. It is amazing to me the level of participation our employees exhibit year... Continue Reading >>

Celebrate The Season With Us

November 18, 2015   By Kevin F. Langston in Community

Photo by Jim Huff

If you've recently been by our corporate headquarters in Moncks Corner, chances are you've seen some of Santa's helpers getting things ready for Celebrate The Season , which returns for its fifth year to once again bring families and the community together this holiday season. Thousands of enchanting lights, and weekend Holiday Fairs are just some of the delights awaiting visitors beginning Friday, Nov. 27 .

Celebrate The Season features a nightly Holiday Lights Driving Tour with spectacular light displays along a quaint route that begins at our headquarters and winds through the adjacent Old Santee Canal Park. The month-long event is fully powered with Green Power from Santee Cooper and exclusively uses energy-efficient LEDs. Admission is $5 per vehicle, and visitors can make repeat trips through the display route on the night they attend for the price of one nightly admission.

Celebrate The Season's Holiday Lights Driving Tour is open daily except for... Continue Reading >>