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Lowering carbon emissions: a proposal


July 19, 2017   By Jay Hudson in Environmental Stewardship

Santee Cooper’s Cross Generating in Berkeley County is the state-owned utility’s largest power plant and an important source of electricity for its customers and those served by electric cooperatives.

The administration’s regulatory reform agenda  includes a rework of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s proposal to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at existing coal-fired power plants. The rule is currently being revised and will be published in the Federal Register in the coming months. 

One item that will likely be included is lowering CO2 emissions at existing plants by making them more efficient. The process is simple. The creation of CO2 is the result of burning fuel. Carbon-based coal burned in the presence of excess oxygen creates carbon dioxide. If the same amount of power can be produced while burning less fuel, less CO2 will be produced. 

The issue in the past has been when efficiency projects are proposed, they usually trigger what the Clean Air Act terms “New Source Review” or NSR. This is a lengthy state and federal permitting process where, in order to make a coal-fired unit more... Continue Reading >>

It’s getting hot out there


July 12, 2017   By Jessica Yourko in Customer Care

For Santee Cooper customers who qualify, a shiny new energy-efficient heat pump can be financed by Santee Cooper and lower your monthly energy cost.

In true South Carolina fashion, it’s getting hot out there.

While we have experienced milder than usual temps earlier this year, the heat index and humidity have steadily been on the rise.

I was hoping my heat pump would get a little break this summer considering how pleasant this last winter and spring were. Unfortunately, if I want to stay cool and comfy that doesn’t look like it is going to be the case. However, I put in a new heat pump a few months ago and everything is brand new and in good working order.

How is your heat pump? Is it time for an upgrade? 

Did you know that Santee Cooper offers loans for high-efficiency electric heat pumps with an interest rate of only 2.25 percent? 

Did you know that your loan payment can be added to you monthly electric bill?

You didn’t?

You can apply for a loan ranging from $500 to $20,000, with a 60-month... Continue Reading >>

Brewing Up New Ideas to Save the Environment


June 28, 2017   By Aaron Grant, Summer Intern in Environmental Stewardship

Companies are looking for innovative ways to help the environment, like replacing these plastic can holders with biodegradable ones.

With more and more knowledge of our impact on the environment emerging to the surface every day, it is becoming increasingly evident that steps need to be taken in the direction of environmental friendliness.  

When the general population is first being exposed to ways in which they can improve the environment, they are bombarded with the cliché phrase “DO NOT LITTER!” But the fact of the matter is, no matter the extent to which one tries to avoid littering, some garbage will always find its way into our environment, one way or another.

Now let’s not get our grocery bags in a wad here. Litter can and will be drastically decreased with the committed efforts of the population. But for the hopeless trash that is already lost at sea, it is companies like the Saltwater Brewery Company that are making a difference.

Cracking a cold one has never been more environmentally friendly. This crafty beer company has... Continue Reading >>

Rain or shine and summertime


June 21, 2017   By Raechel Blitchington, Summer Intern in Storms and Outages
Summer in the South is characterized by long, warm days spent on the boat or beach, followed by slightly cooler summer nights that are calm and peaceful.

However, most summer dreamers seem to always forget the inevitable, torrential downpour of scattered thunderstorms that can become a routine occurrence. As a self-proclaimed lover of summer, I spend three-quarters each year dreaming about the warm and sunny summer days to come – or the ones that have just passed.

Despite having experienced 21 summer solstices, I, too, fail to forget the showers that can rain on any summer parade. Most days pose an ambiguous threat of a “30 to 60 percent chance of afternoon scattered thunderstorms.”

Also known as, maybe it will rain, maybe it won’t. When Mother Nature does decide to open the skies, dark, cumulonimbus clouds will begin to form and gather, casting a hazy shadow on what was previously a bright, sunshiny day. In the... Continue Reading >>

Practical considerations of recycling


June 14, 2017   By Elizabeth Kress in Environmental Stewardship
Berkeley County government has recently formed a group called “Keep Berkeley Beautiful.”

This group works to reduce litter, beautify the county, and increase recycling. I joined the group and our motto is “Fight Ugly with Us.” Click here to see their Facebook page. Education on how recycling really works is an important step to increasing recycling. Some places even have a “master recycler” program to train people to recycle in a smarter way.

Let’s start at the beginning with a few of the items that are commonly able to be recycled, and then we’ll discuss the current situation locally.

Plastic containers of types 1 to 7 are numbered that way to help with recycling Paper, including newspaper and mixed office paper, including paperboard. Cardboard- in recycling, this category is for the special strong cardboard that is used in corrugated boxes and packaging. Textiles and clothing – check... Continue Reading >>

Be safe. It’s boating season on the Santee Cooper Lakes


June 07, 2017   By Willard Strong in Santee Cooper Lakes

Under S.C. law, a child 12 years old or younger must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device while boating



If you live around lakes Moultrie or Marion, or close by, the lure of the lakes is almost unavoidable. Just about everyone it seems, owns some type of watercraft, from 10-foot-long johnboats to V-8 powered inboard/outboards with that unmistakable rumble.

Safe boating is important and the old highway adage, “Watch out for the other guy,” certainly applies to our waterways, particularly this time of year. There have already been too many boating accidents in 2017 on South Carolina’s lakes and rivers.

While Santee Cooper manages our lakes, law enforcement is largely the domain of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), and county sheriff’s departments. SCDNR was out in full force during the long Memorial Day weekend, even offering “courtesy safety checks” at boat landings. Even though your boat may pass a safety check, it might be a good time to ask yourself the following:

Is it... Continue Reading >>