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Have a “planned outage” this fall and replace your old, inefficient heat pump


September 20, 2017   By Willard Strong in Reduce The Use

Proper heat pump installation is key to energy efficiency and that’s why Santee Cooper has a list of Trade Allies that can meet a customer’s heating and cooling needs.

Santee Cooper’s job, first and foremost, is to generate reliable electric power 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at the lowest cost possible. We’ve been doing that since 1942, and today serve nearly 180,000 commercial and residential customers in Berkeley, Georgetown and Horry counties.

But just like people, the generating equipment that works hard to make that power needs a break every now and then. That’s why during the fall and spring, Santee Cooper and most other utilities have what are known as “planned outages.” They’re done when the weather is typically mild, when demand for power is relatively low. During this downtime, maintenance and needed repairs are done to generating equipment that you, the customer, depend on.

As summer officially transitions into fall on Sept. 22, milder weather and the hints of autumn might be the perfect time to consider replacing your electric heat pump with a more energy efficient... Continue Reading >>

Don’t be a hurricane statistic


September 13, 2017   By Willard Strong in Safety

A portable generator can come in handy in the aftermath of severe weather, but remember to follow manufacturer’s instructions for safe use.

Another weather event has come and gone and with it, the humanitarian toll that a hurricane or tropical storm typically brings.

Sadly, there are fatalities with bad weather. We should all learn how to stay safe when it comes to storms and preparing for them.

Generator Safety: One man died when a gasoline-powered generator was being operated in a garage, apparently with the door closed. A man died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Never, ever operate a generator, lawn mower, automobile or any internal combustion engine in an enclosed area. Even with the garage door open, one can be overcome by fumes.

A lot of generators were sold leading up to Irma. Undoubtedly, many buyers had no experience with generators. It’s very important to read the manual and think safety when using a generator. For example, be careful when fueling them. Do it outside, away from your house, and keep gasoline away from an open flame, including cigarettes or a gas, or... Continue Reading >>

From Power Plant to Peanut Production


September 06, 2017   By Susan Jackson in Environmental Stewardship

Gypsum produced at a Santee Cooper generating station is applied to peanut plants at a farm in Orangeburg County.

Synthetic gypsum is formed when fossil-fueled power plants use their flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) systems to remove sulfur dioxide from the stack gases.

Using a process referred to as “scrubbing,” stack gases are fed through calcium carbonate (i.e. limestone) to eliminate impurities and environmental concerns. When the sulfur dioxide is removed, synthetic gypsum is formed.

The majority of the synthetic gypsum at Santee Cooper’s Cross Generating Station was dewatered and trucked to a wallboard facility where it is used to make drywall. However, some of the synthetic gypsum wasn’t able to be dewatered so it had been sent to a lined wastewater pond.

In 2016, Santee Cooper began excavating this quality gypsum from the pond and stacking it in large stockpiles. After allowing it to dry naturally and extensive testing, it was decided that this gypsum could be used for agriculture. After receiving approval from the S.C.... Continue Reading >>

Would you be ready?


August 30, 2017   By Jessica Yourko in Storms and Outages

Last October’s Hurricane Matthew struck Santee Cooper’s service territory last October.

Hurricane season is in full force, but here on the East Coast, things have been pretty quiet. So far, we have been lucky.

Texas, on the other hand, stared down Hurricane Harvey last Friday night. Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. Homes and businesses were destroyed, families displaced and lives were lost. It was devastating. Now, those same people are battling catastrophic flooding from rains that are predicted to last from days to weeks. 

What if a major hurricane was headed our way?  Would you be ready? 

Hurricane season doesn’t end until Dec. 1. We still have three full months to wait out the tropics. While we are waiting, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to go ahead and get an emergency plan in place. Here are just a few things you may want to consider before, during and after a major storm:

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical information. Check... Continue Reading >>

Old Santee Canal Park perfect venue for eclipse, despite Mother Nature’s reluctance to cooperate


August 23, 2017   By Susan Mungo in Community

Santee Cooper photographer Paul Zoeller took this image of the solar eclipse at Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner on Aug. 21 at the time totality.

“ The Great American Eclipse ” as it is being called, happened this past Monday. From the Oregon coast to the coast of South Carolina millions were able to view a total eclipse of the sun for the first time in 26 years.

In South Carolina, from the mountains to the sea, small towns and venues had prepared for large crowds and they showed. Old Santee Canal Park was a hot spot in the middle of the path for those desiring a family friendly spot in the path of totality.

Planning for big events and being a part of historical events is nothing new for Old Santee Canal Park. It’s history dates back to the days when roads were nonexistent and settlers looked for ways to export their cotton and indigo down river to Charleston.  It is known for hosting such successful events as the Shuckin’ in the Park in March, Celebrate The Season during the holidays, summer camps and the newest event, this month’s Palmetto Pirates Festival. Continue Reading >>

The unseen volunteer


August 16, 2017   By Elizabeth Kress in Community
Did you ever make the statement, “I just want to make the world a better place?”

An aspiring young graduate of high school or college might state an admirable goal like this. The dream can get lost over the years, as we work to support a family, or advance in our jobs or strive to be recognized for our talents.

Here is a trick to fulfill that youthful goal in a quiet, low-cost way that I guarantee will bring you joy and enthusiasm. It is an easily accomplished subset of volunteering. It is my secret way to boost my mood, and takes very little effort.

Santee Cooper encourages volunteering in the community and this year has identified it as a goal for all employees. As a state-owned corporation with a mission statement “…to be the state’s leading resource for improving the quality of life for the people of South Carolina,” encouraging employees to volunteer makes good sense.

A lot of people... Continue Reading >>