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February 10, 2016   By Kevin F. Langston in Community

Photo by Jim Huff

One of the biggest decisions a large-scale electric utility like Santee Cooper makes is the construction of generating facilities. And since May 2008, workers at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County have been building two additional nuclear power units. SCANA and Santee Cooper are partners on the project, of which the centerpieces are two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors rated at 1,117 megawatts apiece. Santee Cooper is contracted for 40 percent of that capacity when the units come online in 2019 and 2020.

You can read more about this massive undertaking in our latest issue of PowerSource magazine. There, you'll also find a timeline of significant milestones in the years-long process of permitting and building two of the first new nuclear units in the United States in over 30 years.

The Winter 2016 PowerSource also features a story about Santee Cooper's response to the historical rains that fell throughout South Carolina in early October. It had been a dry summer on the Santee Cooper Lakes, which were about five feet below full pool by late September. Within five days, everything changed as South Carolina was hit with a deluge that the Weather Channel called "one of the most prolific rainfall events in the modern history of the United States."

Immediately, Santee Cooper employees sprung into action. Controlled spilling was initiated at the Santee Spillway, and workers kept a close watch on the 40 miles of dams and dikes that encircle the lakes.

For some lighter fare, our latest issue also has a feature on the East Coast Greenway, which is a trail system that runs along the Eastern Seaboard between Canada and Key West. In South Carolina, the trail weaves through the Grand Strand and Waccamaw Neck before passing through the Lowcountry. It takes cyclists, runners, and walkers through both urban and bucolic environments, including some of Santee Cooper's rights of way.

In our final feature, we spoke with Nancy Morris, Linda Pickens and Kearney Gregory, who are among the many Santee Cooper employees with an enduring passion for giving back to their communities through volunteerism and community outreach.

Each story is complemented with dynamic photography and alluring design. We in Santee Cooper's corporate communications department are very proud of the magazine we produce, and we hope you enjoy this latest edition. We're already at work on the Spring 2016 issue, so stay tuned and share your thoughts with us at nicole.aiello@santeecooper.com.