Santee Cooper Blog

A Lesson in Observing


May 20, 2015   By Jessica Yourko in Community
School is starting to wind down, and traffic along the Grand Strand is starting to pick up. The temperature has hovered in the mid-80s for the last few weeks, and those heat pumps are humming all over. While it's not quite time for our family vacation, it's obvious that summer is on its way.

Next Monday, all the fun begins: Next Monday is Memorial Day.

Living in Myrtle Beach my entire life, Memorial Day has always signified the unofficial start to summer. Scores of visitors will begin to roll in, and our highways and hotels will be packed from now through Labor Day. Traffic will be unbearable, and most locals will just decide to stay home.

Memorial Day, formally known as Decoration Day, began after the American Civil War to honor Union and Confederate soldiers who died in service. After World War I, this holiday was expanded to include all American casualties of war or other military action.

In May 2000, President Bill Clinto... Continue Reading >>

The Volvo Effect


May 14, 2015   By Mollie Gore in Economic Development
I had a voicemail this morning from a reporter based in London. That's an unusual start to my day: I frequently get calls from media in other states, but not often from other countries.

I call it the Volvo effect, and that call is just a hint of the interest generated by Volvo Car Corp.'s decision to build a manufacturing plant in northwestern Berkeley County.

This announcement follows an aggressive, professional recruiting initiative led by Gov. Nikki Haley and Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt and including many other partners: the South Carolina Power Team , the South Carolina Ports Authority , Berkeley County , ReadySC , Edisto Electric Cooperative and Berkeley Electric Cooperative , to name a handful.

Santee Cooper and Berkeley County have agreed to purchase property for the project, with Berkeley owning the actual Volvo site. Santee Cooper will keep close to 4,000 acres to develop into additional industrial sites for companies who wa... Continue Reading >>

Let us tell you a story


May 06, 2015   By Nicole Aiello in Community
Spring has sprung and with it comes the spring edition of Santee Cooper's quarterly magazine, PowerSource. In general, PowerSource focuses on unique and interesting information specific to our service territory and the electric cooperatives' service areas, economic development in South Carolina, Santee Cooper news, and information about the electric and water industry. It is produced in-house, from story development and writing to photography to printing.

The best part about PowerSource is it's available to you, all of our customers and all of the residents of South Carolina, as a digital publication on our website . If you haven't read PowerSource, or if you just haven't had a chance to check out the spring issue yet, I invite you to take a look.

Here's how this issue shakes out …

My story starts in high school where a discerning and eclectic group of students spends countless hours of their own time building a robot. Through numero... Continue Reading >>

When convenience is costly


April 29, 2015   By Willard Strong in Reduce The Use
Santee Cooper routinely communicates to customers how to use electricity more efficiently.

There are so many ways to conserve energy, from buying energy-efficient appliances to installing CFL or LED light bulbs, or by simply telling your kids to turn off the lights when leaving a room.

Then there are the more subtle ways that may require you to drill down a little deeper to realize savings. For example, unplugging electronic devices when not in regular use is an effective way to attack "phantom power" robbers — things that are in "stand-by" mode but still use electricity. Usage can add up over the year, costing you in the pocketbook.

One example I've run across is the now widespread popularity of single-serve coffee or hot-beverage makers. They're all the rage, but as is the case with many things in modern life, convenience comes with a price that may be a lot more than you think.

The single server is like the proverbia... Continue Reading >>

Giddy-up for the Santee Cooper Lineworker's Rodeo


April 22, 2015   By Kevin F. Langston in Safety
The Santee Cooper Lineworker’s Rodeo returns for its 18th year this Saturday at Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner. The public is invited to attend and cheer on these professionals as they tackle a series of challenges designed to test their skills and training.

Bragging rights are on the line, of course, but the rodeo also underscores the importance of safety and teamwork in a profession that can be dangerous and demanding.

Few things breed camaraderie like a friendly competition, and that's something else the rodeo reinforces. This year, there are 34 apprentices and nine journeyman teams registered to participate. Santee Cooper will compete alongside the electric co-ops of Berkeley , Blue Ridge , Coastal , Horry , Palmetto and York .

The individual apprentices will complete a written test and also compete in knot tying, the hurt-man rescue, the conductor tie-in, and the transformer hookup. Meanwhile, the three-person journeyma... Continue Reading >>

Navigating the Waters of the United States


April 15, 2015   By Jay Hudson in Energy Matters
In order to determine what constitutes "jurisdictional" bodies of water, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers actually has a definition of "Waters of the U.S." This definition began with the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 as "navigable waters, or tributaries thereof" when the Corps was assigned the responsibility of regulating crossings and maintaining waterways typically for transportation and commerce. Dredging the Charleston Harbor channel is a local example. 

Many years ago, during an update to the Clean Water Act , the Corps of Engineers was given responsibility to regulate wetlands, and the definition of jurisdictional "Waters of the U.S." took on a much more important meaning. Over the years, through various legal decisions, this definition narrowed to include those water bodies and features that were connected to a flowing water body, like a stream or lake. Swampy areas that were not directly connected were considered "isolated wetlands" and were excluded fro... Continue Reading >>