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South Carolina educators learn about power production at Santee Cooper's Energy Educators Institute


MONCKS CORNER, S.C. — Santee Cooper provided hands-on experience in critical fields of the energy industry to South Carolina educators as part of its 30th annual Energy Educators Institute series at the Wampee Conference Center in Pinopolis, S.C.

This summer, 75 educators from across the state participated in this graduate level course, receiving classroom preparation materials while gaining new knowledge and understanding about various complex topics, including the production of electricity and the opportunities and challenges of renewable energy. This was illustrated through field experiences and tours of Santee Cooper facilities.

"I always look forward to hands-on, get out there and experience it type of environment, which the Energy Educators Institute is," said Michelle Davis, who teaches first and second grades at Lakeview Elementary School in Greenwood County. "I was able to experience so many different activities for the first time, and my experiences here will help me to better teach my students in the classroom."

Santee Cooper held three institutes this summer. Each of the four-day institutes included trips to Santee Cooper's Jefferies Generating Station, the Old Santee Canal Park and industrial customer Century Aluminum. Teachers also participated in learning activities and unit planning sessions, and they connected directly with Santee Cooper experts on topics such as energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, environmental resources, power generation, transmission, distribution, electrical safety, water quality and utility economics.

"This was the best professional development opportunity I have ever had," said Nina Leon, a fifth grade teacher at Richmond Drive Elementary School in York County. "I felt appreciated, received useful resources to share with my students, and made lifelong memories and friends. For that, I cannot thank Santee Cooper enough."

"The Energy Educators Institute provides a hands-on, exciting learning environment for fellow educators with diverse teaching backgrounds to engage and network with one another," said Brandy Incorvia, Santee Cooper's administrator of educational programs. "The educators expand their knowledge and teaching skills and bring informative curriculum topics and educational information back to their schools and students."

Teachers represented 20 South Carolina counties including Aiken, Barnwell, Berkeley, Charleston, Chester, Chesterfield, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Greenwood, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Spartanburg and York.

Santee Cooper is South Carolina's largest power provider, the largest Green Power generator and the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state. Through its low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity and water services, and through innovative partnerships and initiatives that attract and retain industry and jobs, Santee Cooper powers South Carolina. To learn more, visit