Santee Cooper Blog

Bring on the bluegrass

October 07, 2015   By Nicole Aiello in Community
As the weather begins to cool and the trees shake off their summer greens for the fiery reds and burnt oranges of fall, I realize this is my favorite time of year. The smell of campfires, the cheers at football games and the coziness of my well-worn college sweatshirt are all reasons I love fall. Another reason is fall brings with it the season of festivals.

Fall festivals come in all shapes and sizes, but they all mean I get to be outside having fun with my favorite friends and family. And now, there's a new fall festival in town. Old Santee Canal Park is hosting the inaugural Biggin Swamp Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, Oct. 10, starting at 1 p.m. Not only is the name poetic, the musical lineup is pretty impressive, too. Listen closely – can you hear the mandolins and fiddles, too, or is it just me?

The Bluestone Ramblers will "pick" things off at 1 p.m. and the Blue Plantation Band will pluck their way to the stage an hour later. Strumming up nex... Continue Reading >>

We planned for the Clean Power Plan

September 30, 2015   By Jay Hudson in Energy Matters

On July 23, 2015, SCE&G and its partners placed the 2.4-million pound CA01 module, which will house a number of major components in the first of two new units under construction at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. The CA01 module is a multi-compartment steel structure within the Unit 2 containment vessel. It's approximately 90 feet long, 95 feet wide, and 80 feet tall. [Via]

In 2007, our board of directors set an ambitious goal: to create 40 percent of our energy from non-greenhouse gas emitting resources, biomass fuels, energy efficiency and conservation by 2020. In the following eight years, Santee Cooper has become a state leader in saving energy through efficiency programs and generating energy from renewable sources including solar, landfill gas and biomass power. In late August, we generated our 1 millionth megawatt-hour of Green Power.

A key component of this 2007 goal was Santee Cooper's interest in two nuclear units currently under construction at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County. These two 1,117-megawatt units will soon provide customers with clean, non-greenhouse-gas-emitting electricity. Together with energy efficiency and renewables, the 40 percent goal will be met.

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency released its final rule to regulate CO2 emissions from existing power plants.... Continue Reading >>

Online anytime

September 23, 2015   By Jessica Yourko in Customer Care

Our customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

I am not a doctor, but I am fairly confident that I suffer from insomnia.

While everyone else in my household is drifting off to sleep, I am lying in the dark wondering if I should get up and start the laundry or just lie really still and enjoy the quiet.

Usually the glorious sound of a quiet house wins, and I stay put for a while; however, there comes a point in time when the peacefulness just isn't peaceful anymore.

When the laundry is all done, the kids are still asleep and I'm still raring to go, I jump online and start striking off things on my "to-do" list for the upcoming day.

Fortunately, most places I do business with have a website I can access 24/7. At no other time in my life has paying bills, requesting service changes, or just inquiring on my account been easier.

At Santee Cooper, we offer many of those same online services that you find everywhere else. You can access our website to start, stop ... Continue Reading >>

Paying it forward

September 16, 2015   By Susan Mungo in Community

Santee Cooper employees in Horry County again stepped up for the United Way of Horry County's annual Day of Caring, held last Friday.

Last Friday, many people attended or participated in ceremonies and tributes in remembrance of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. For so many, it is a day they will never forget and one that changed them, in some way, forever.

For many Santee Cooper employees in Horry County, it was a day they chose to remember the lives lost by paying it forward and doing something good for someone they may never meet. Those employees participated in the 2015 United Way of Horry County's Day of Caring (DOC).

This wasn't Santee Cooper's first year helping with the DOC. In fact, employees have been making a difference for United Way agencies across the state for more than two decades. Some employees pledge donations to United Way and some lend their skills on the Day of Caring. Many employees do both.

This year, Santee Cooper employees worked at South Strand Helping Hand , The Salvation Army of Conway , and the Disabled American Veterans in Myrtl... Continue Reading >>

The teatime torrent

September 09, 2015   By Kevin F. Langston in Reduce The Use
The British soap opera " Eastenders " has been on the air since 1985 and rates as one of the British Broadcasting Corporation's most popular programs. It has an average audience share of 30 percent per episode, which means three out of every 10 televisions in the United Kingdom is tuned to "Eastenders" five nights a week. I'm not sure there's an American equivalent, really.

Why am I telling you this? Because if there's one thing the British love more than televised melodrama it's tea. And when that latest episode of "Eastenders" ends, approximately 1.75 million kettles are switched on at the same time.

Known as the " TV pickup ," it's become such a national routine that the British National Grid has taken measures over the years to ensure it can handle the additional 3 gigawatts of temporary demand; there's even a hydroelectric plant in Wales whose primary purpose is to absorb some of it.

Santee Cooper also has supplemental generating ass... Continue Reading >>

Going nuclear

September 03, 2015   By Willard Strong in Energy Matters
Santee Cooper has been strategically and proactively working to reduce emissions through a number of initiatives, including closing four coal units at Jefferies and Grainger generating stations, adding renewables , providing customers with rebate-centered energy efficiency programs — and constructing new nuclear units. 

The October 2012 announcement to retire the Jefferies and Grainger generating stations marked the first time in Santee Cooper's 70-year generating history that it slated a baseload facility for decommissioning. Not much lasts forever in this world, and Jefferies and Grainger were reliable performers that served our customers well, beginning in the 1950s.

The decision to build baseload generation is one of the most important — if not the most important — decision an electric utility makes. Constructing a power plant requires planning, permitting and sometimes, perseverance.

There are challenges along t... Continue Reading >>