Santee Cooper Blog

A Green Power Milestone

August 26, 2015   By Kevin F. Langston in Green Power
Our Green Power program achieved a major milestone this week when it generated its 1 millionth megawatt-hour of electricity after nearly 14 years of continuous production. (That's enough renewable energy to power more than 74,000 average-sized homes for a year .)

Santee Cooper was the first utility in South Carolina to generate renewable Green Power beginning in September 2001 with the Horry County Landfill Generating Station, which produces electricity from methane gas created naturally by decomposing garbage. We also brought the state's first Green Power solar station to the campus of Coastal Carolina University in 2006.

We now have more than 28 megawatts of Green Power capacity, including six landfill biogas stations, three solar arrays, and one wind turbine. Since dedicating the state's first Green Power Generating Station at the Horry County Landfill, additional landfill generating stations have opened in Anderson, Berkeley, Georgetown, Lee, and Ri... Continue Reading >>

Ride along with us

August 19, 2015   By Benjamin Ollic, Student Intern in Environmental Stewardship
Ah, lunch. It's the perfect break to any workday and a time where you can escape from your daily tasks. But driving may not always be an option for you; maybe your car is in the shop or your teenager borrowed it for some last-minute, back-to-school errands. Feeling stranded at the office while extremely hungry is a situation no one wants to be in.

Fortunately, employees at Santee Cooper's Moncks Corner headquarters have a lunchtime lifeline in iRide. Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., TriCounty LINK buses offer employees a "Link to Lunch" during the workweek. A pair of buses runs in 15-minute intervals, making it possible for employees without a mode of transportation to fetch lunch or run a quick errand.

"Link to Lunch" was an offspring of Santee Cooper's iRide commuter benefits program, which offers carpooling, ride sharing, and other alternative commuting options in addition to express bus routes provided by TriCounty LINK. iRide has been a treme... Continue Reading >>

Keep the mail moving

August 12, 2015   By Jessica Yourko in
The lights are on. Everyone is home. The only thing that is missing is…the mail.

Growing up in Small Town, USA, no one ever moved. Your first home was your only home until your parents lovingly encouraged you to spread your wings somewhere else. 

Today, things are different. For nearly 18 years I lived in the same house. It was my home. Since then, I have semi-successfully moved at least five times, and I have another U-Haul lined up for a weekend in the near future.

The mere thought of packing my house makes me anxious. Having the best moving list (found on Pinterest) doesn’t even begin to alleviate the fear I have about the impending chaos.

Inevitably, I always forget to do something. Updating my mailing address isn’t even on my radar, and I don't think I'm alone. Judging by the trays of returned mail we receive at Santee Cooper each week, a lot of other folks forget to do the same thing. Continue Reading >>

Don't dump it, GOFER it!

August 05, 2015   By Susan Mungo in Environmental Stewardship
On July 30, Santee Cooper's GOFER program turned 25. When you think of a gopher you may picture the cute one from Winnie the Pooh or the dancing rascal in "Caddyshack."  At Santee Cooper, our GOFER is cute and can occasionally be seen in parades or at local festivals. But the most impressive thing about our GOFER is what it has represented and accomplished in its 25 years of existence.

GOFER , which stands for Give Oil For Energy Recovery, is Santee Cooper's used oil collection and recovery program and South Carolina's largest used-oil collection program for do-it-yourselfers. So this GOFER is not only good looking and talented, this GOFER is also innovative and resourceful.

GOFER collects and then utilizes that used oil as an energy source, taking this waste product and using it to make electricity. The majority of the oil collected is used as supplemental fuel at Winyah Generating Station.

Our GOFER fleet consists of four vacuum... Continue Reading >>

Summer Camp for Educators

July 29, 2015   By Nicole Aiello in Education
When you send your children to summer camp, you expect that they'll learn some new skills and return to you a little bit smarter than when they left. You also want them to have some fun and make new friends. At Santee Cooper, we offer something similar, but it's for adults only.

Santee Cooper's Energy Educators Institute is an interactive, graduate-level course accredited through Charleston Southern University for certified South Carolina K-12 teachers and administrators. It's a three-week course during the summer that includes an in-person element, where educators explore firsthand the scientific concepts of energy, including its sources, uses and impact on the environment, economy and society.

During the first and third weeks, participants will interact and complete assignments online. During the second week, however, the program gets more hands on with a required four-day residential stay so participants can immerse themselves in the subject of energy.... Continue Reading >>

A snappy guide to a healthy heat-pump filter

July 22, 2015   By Willard Strong in Reduce The Use
Raise your hand if it seems your heat pump's been staying on more this summer.

Yeah, my hand's up too.

Since it's too hot to go anywhere, this latest heat wave is a good time to check the indoor air filter on your heat pump. (Your system may have more than one.) If your heat pump's running more than normal, it means the filter is clogging up quicker, which means the heat pump is working harder, which means it isn't working as efficiently, which means increased power usage.

No one needs that.

Deciding on the type of filter for your heat pump isn't easy — another example of life presenting so many product choices. Allergy sufferers may opt to spend a little more on a filter that removes allergens like dust and pet dander from the air, while there are plenty of consumers who are perfectly fine with spending the bare minimum.

It's important to remember that the more effective a filter is, the likelier it will... Continue Reading >>