Protecting and enhancing the natural world around us is as important as delivering low-cost, reliable power and water. We hold ourselves accountable to our stakeholders – customers, employees, and every person and community in South Carolina – for the influences we have on the environment.
We have teams dedicated solely to the core value of environmental stewardship. From improving habitats by supporting indigenous flora and fauna and recreating vital wetlands, to beneficially reusing byproducts and working to be a zero-waste company, our folks are committed to sustainable practices that protect and enhance the environment.
Since 2005, Santee Cooper has significantly reduced emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from its fossil-fired units. SO2 emissions and NOx emissions have been reduced by 93% and 82%, respectively.
Mercury emissions have been reduced by more than 90% over the same timeframe. Santee Cooper has cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 35% compared to 2005 levels.
The retirement of fossil units at Grainger and Jefferies generating stations contributed to this decline, as has an increased reliance of natural gas generation. Improvements to emissions control devices, the installation of new or improved environmental technology, and the greater use of more efficient generating unit have also helped with emissions reductions over the years.
The planned retirement of Winyah, addition of up to 1,500 MW solar, and other anticipated resource changes will mean a reduction in carbon emissions of over 50% by the 2030s, compared to 2005.