Santee Cooper Blog

Your place in the sun

August 24, 2016   By Susan Mungo in Green Energy

The sun can be a source of energy for your home and Santee Cooper offers you opportunities.

While I don’t love the heat and humidity the South is famous for, I do love the sun.

Like country singer Kenny Chesney, I like to say my place in the sun is some beach, somewhere. But the truth is, it doesn’t really matter if I am lying on a beach, paddleboarding on a lake, swimming in the ocean or hanging out by the pool, soaking up the sun just seems to energize me.

Last week I had the opportunity to talk with two Santee Cooper customers who also seem to love the sun and are soaking it up for energy in a way that can actually save them money.

These Santee Cooper customers are taking advantage of Santee Cooper’s solar programs . One customer chose to take advantage of Santee Cooper’s solar home program .

He and his family are currently part-time residents of Myrtle Beach with plans to move here permanently. He said the rooftop program made economic sense to him. He took advantage of the loan program a... Continue Reading >>


August 17, 2016   By Nicole Aiello in

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 th... Continue Reading >>

Mitigation is getting more complicated

August 10, 2016   By Jay Hudson in

This snowy egret, perched on a railing at Santee Cooper’s Jefferies Hydroelectric Station, co-exists with human activities at the facility, which includes boating and angling activities. The challenge Santee Cooper and other electric utilities  face is meeting increasingly stringent environmental and regulatory requirements, juxtaposed with the responsibility of providing reliable and affordable electric power to customers.     

Over the years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has developed an excellent program to protect our wetland habitats. Wetlands are important features within our landscape that provide numerous beneficial functions to fish and wildlife – and people.

Some of these functions include protecting and improving water quality, providing fish and wildlife habitats, storing floodwaters, and maintaining surface-water flow during dry periods.  

The Corps protects wetlands through a well-developed mitigation program. If a potential project will impact wetlands, the Corps will require the project developer to provide mitigation for the impacted wetlands. Simplified, the Corps has a “no-net loss” policy in that additional wetlands must be enhanced or even created to “mitigate” the wetlands that are impacted. It’s a system that has a structure in place and has worked for years.

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildli... Continue Reading >>

Here’s one thing your child’s teacher may have done this summer

August 03, 2016   By Willard Strong in

Teachers have some selfie fun at Santee Cooper's Energy Educators Institute this summer.

In a few weeks, the state’s public school teachers go back to work, but do you know how nearly 85 educators from across South Carolina spent the summer?

For the 31 st consecutive year, classroom teachers and administrative personnel spent a week at Santee Cooper’s Wampee Conference Center in Pinopolis, S.C.

It’s called the Energy Educators Institute , and the educators get hands-on experience by learning about the electric utility industry in general and Santee Cooper in particular.

They visited a generating station, heard presentations by energy efficiency experts, took a boat ride through the Pinopolis Lock and even went canoeing at Santee Cooper’s Old Santee Canal Park .

Santee Cooper held three institutes this summer. They began on July 5 and ended on July 22. Hands-on learning activities and unit-planning sessions are the cornerstone of the experience. The educators receive three graduate-level ... Continue Reading >>

Solar is happening all around us

July 26, 2016   By Nicholas DeSanto, Summer Intern in

Colleton Solar Farm

I went on a family vacation to Maryland recently. We had a wonderful time in the mountains, meeting my girlfriend’s family and going to a wedding.

Among the favorite things I saw on my trip was the amount of solar panels that were in fields next to houses. I was pleased to see that so many farmers and just regular people are interested in putting solar panels on or by their homes in an effort to be ‘greener.’

Solar is an idea that really gets me excited. Using the sun for energy, which is available to all, is such a great idea. I hope we can move even further into advancing solar power technologically.

Santee Cooper has taken a step forward with Solar Share , their community solar program, which also happens to be the first of its kind in South Carolina. With Solar Share, Santee Cooper customers can subscribe to a portion of energy produced at the Colleton Solar Farm and get energy that the panels have created.  ... Continue Reading >>

Make summer boating fun no accident

July 20, 2016   By Susan Mungo in Santee Cooper Lakes

Boats ply the Tailrace Canal near Moncks Corner, which connects to the west branch of the Cooper River and to Lake Moultrie, via the Pinopolis Lock at Santee Cooper’s Jefferies Hydroelectric Station.

I love certain things about every season of the year.  The cool mornings and vibrant colors of fall, flavored coffee and sitting by the fire in winter, and morning runs in the spring are all things I thoroughly enjoy. When it comes to summer, time spent on or near the water, is added to the list of my favorite things.

I am also a fan of the Santee Cooper Lakes, home to some of the best recreation and water sports fun available anywhere.  This time of year, the lakes are often crowded and full of activity, so a day on the water can create lifelong memories.  It can also result in tragedy.  One of the most important things you can do before going on any body of water is know the safety rules and procedures for the activities you plan to enjoy.

Our Santee Cooper web page and the SCDNR have lists of boating safety tips that you should be familiar with. Of course the list includes: Know how to operate your watercraft, wear your personal f... Continue Reading >>