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Cheers to 10 years of Green Power with RBC Heritage

April 11, 2018   By Nicole Aiello in Green Power
What an exciting week! The weather is beautiful and the sun is shining on Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. And we’re celebrating an impressive milestone … the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing is celebrating a decade of going green with Green Power.

It started with a promise 10 years ago – a promise to be excellent environmental stewards. Since then, every drive, chip and putt has been powered by 100 percent Green Power, generated by Santee Cooper and delivered to RBC Heritage by our friends at Palmetto Electric Cooperative.

RBC Heritage will purchase Santee Cooper Green Power from Palmetto Electric for the duration of the 2018 tournament, which is taking place now. 

I’ve been lucky enough to join Heritage and PEC at the tournament, giving away Green Power information at the booth on the Heritage Lawn. It’s a real treat to see how well people respond when they learn about the Green Power... Continue Reading >>

The Lake Busbee Decision

December 06, 2017   By Nicole Aiello in Community

The 325-acre Lake Busbee began life as an industrial cooling pond for Santee Cooper’s Grainger Generating Station when the plant entered commercial operation in 1966.

You may have heard the news this week that the city of Conway and Santee Cooper have agreed to allow Lake Busbee to return to wetlands. We’ve been asked questions about the decision, so I wanted to give you some more information.

First, Lake Busbee isn’t a natural lake. The reason it’s there is because it was the cooling pond for the Grainger Generating Station. Is it pretty? Absolutely. Was it meant for recreation? Never.

However, we know that many people love Lake Busbee, which is why we gave the local stakeholders the chance to keep it as a lake. After Grainger closed in 2012, Santee Cooper talked with city of Conway officials and other stakeholders about what they would like to do. 

Without an active generating station, there is no business need for an industrial cooling pond. And, to be frank, we can’t justify the costs to our customers to continue pumping water into Busbee.

We understand the... Continue Reading >>

This is hiking weather

October 18, 2017   By Nicole Aiello in Community

Old Santee Canal Park in the fall is a great place to rent a canoe and paddle Biggin Creek.

The sweltering, humid summer temperatures have passed and, in their wake, the glorious days of fall have arrived. I was practically giddy yesterday I opened my windows after work.

Cooler autumn temperatures always inspire me to enjoy the outdoors before winter arrives. Old Santee Canal Park is one of the places where I revel in nature and enjoy the cooler weather. The park has a 4-mile network of boardwalks and trails that meander beside and over the serene backwaters of Biggin Creek. You can hike your way around the park’s 195 acres, taking in the sights and sounds of the Lowcountry.

Along your hike, you’ll see natural limestone bluffs and what remains of the Santee Canal that was completed in the year 1800. Fox, squirrels, butterflies, egrets, warblers, herons, owls, lizards and other animals may be your companions on your hike. You also can rent a canoe to explore the 3-mile paddle trail that immerses you in a cypress swamp that wood ducks,... Continue Reading >>

Lineman Appreciation Day at the State House

May 03, 2017   By Nicole Aiello in Community

Linemen from across the Palmetto State, including two from Santee Cooper, pose in front of the South Carolina Statehouse on May 2 for Linemen Appreciation Day. The proposed lineworker specialty license plate was also unveiled.

Yesterday, the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia was teeming with lineworkers from around the state as Gov. Henry McMaster proclaimed May 2, 2017, as South Carolina Linemen Appreciation Day.


Linemen representing Santee Cooper, the state’s 20 electric cooperatives, S.C. Electric & Gas Co., and other utilities were on hand to be recognized and shake hands with the governor, and other elected officials.


As part of the ceremony, officials also unveiled a new license plate design. Legislation is currently working its way through the S.C. House and Senate that would authorize the creation of the special license plate, which honors lineworkers statewide. The license plate features the words “Powering the Palmetto State” at the top and, on the left, the outline of a lineworker climbing a utility pole.


I think this is pretty cool---and much deserved.... Continue Reading >>

PowerSource Wins Notable State Document Award

March 22, 2017   By Nicole Aiello in

Santee Cooper Public Relations Director Nicole Aiello accepts Notable State Document Award from the South Carolina State Library Acting Director Leesa Aiken.

I’m pretty excited to announce – and shout from the rooftops! – that Santee Cooper’s PowerSource magazine was honored with a 2016 Notable State Document Award on March 17 at the South Carolina State Library. Annually, the South Carolina State Depository System selects 10 notable publications that were released in the past calendar year. Librarians representing selected depository collections serve as judges, and the awards are announced in honor of Freedom of Information Day.

PowerSource was one of the chosen 10, and I couldn’t be more pleased and proud. The team in Corporate Communications and Corporate Print & Mail that puts this quarterly magazine together pours much love and hard work into the stories, designs, photographs and printing. We get a chance to meet interesting people and see amazing places that make this state such a unique place. Most importantly, we get a chance to tell their stories to our readers.... Continue Reading >>

Green Power powers RBC Heritage

March 01, 2017   By Nicole Aiello in Green Power
Palmetto Electric Cooperative, RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing and Santee Cooper announced this week the RBC Heritage would be powered by 100 percent Green Power for the ninth year in a row. That’s quite a commitment to the environment, and one we’re proud to be a part of.

RBC Heritage’s commitment year after year to Green Power is pretty impressive. The PGA Golf Tournament will purchase Santee Cooper Green Power from Palmetto Electric Cooperative for the duration of the 2017 event, which plays April 10 through 16 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Even more impressive, the tournament was the first major Green Power event in the state, back in 2009.

Green Power is made from clean, renewable energy sources that include biogas, solar and wind power right here in our great state of South Carolina. We began generating Green Power in 2001. Palmetto Electric was actually one of the first cooperatives in the state to offer... Continue Reading >>

10 ways to save in 2017

December 28, 2016   By Nicole Aiello in

Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower in winter to save energy and money.

With U.S. shoppers averaging $752 on Christmas gifts this year ( ), your wallet may be feeling a bit too light these days. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, let’s explore 10 easy ways to save some cash in 2017 by saving energy .

10. LED holiday lights : Now that Christmas is over, everything red and green has been slashed by up to 75 percent. This is the perfect time to replace old bulbs with strings of energy efficient LEDs.

9. Turn off the lights: By turning off the lights, especially those hot spotlights, when you’re not in a room or don’t need them, you can shave a little off your electric bill.

8. Better yet, switch to LEDs:  According to , ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs use only 20 to 25 percent of the energy of incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 times longer.

7. Install weather strips:  For a few bucks, you can install weather strips around your windows to minimize... Continue Reading >>

Celebrating seasons is upon us and the chance to make memories

November 09, 2016   By Nicole Aiello in Community

Celebrate The Season, which begins Nov. 25, is one way Santee Cooper and its sponsors give back to the community.

Yesterday, a co-worker of mine told about his weekend. He was rummaging around his attic in search of his family’s Christmas decorations. Yes, that’s right. Santa’s not the only one checking off lists. Christmas trees are going up as you read this.

And although that fact gives me some anxiety – not only because I love Thanksgiving, but also because my co-worker is putting up nine (you read that right – nine) trees in his house – I know the holiday spirit is in many of my friends' hearts and homes already.

Santee Cooper and Old Santee Canal Park are also working on making spirits bright. Employees are assembling snowflakes, decorating trees, taking conference calls with Santa, and testing thousands of sparkling blue, green, red and yellow LEDs in preparation for this year’s Celebrate The Season Holiday Lights Driving Tour and Holiday Fairs.

These jolly elves are happy to pitch in for this community... Continue Reading >>

A Year of Caring

September 21, 2016   By Nicole Aiello in

Mike Poston, Santee Cooper vice president of Retail Operations, volunteered to paint during the United Way of Horry County’s Day of Caring held Sept. 9.

There are times when we all feel there should be more unity in our communities. Coming together to help those in need is a sure way to stand united, and employees at Santee Cooper recently united in the goal of helping our community.

Whether they’re donating their time, talents or hard-earned money, our team members put others first, and that was evident at this year’s Day of Caring for United Way of Horry County .

Each year, many of the United Way chapters nationwide organize one day of improvement projects that pull their community together. For United Way of Horry County, that took place on Sept. 9, and Santee Cooper employees were not afraid to get a little dirty as they scraped, painted and planted.

Sixty employees took part in the Day of Caring, which benefits organizations assisted by the United Way of Horry County. Santee Cooper employees volunteered at Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach, Community Kitchen and New Directions... Continue Reading >>


August 17, 2016   By Nicole Aiello in Community

Visitors enjoy a peaceful canoe ride at Old Santee Canal Park.

Road trip. Sightseeing tour. Expedition. Trek. Journey. Jaunt.

No matter what you call it, it’s one of my favorite things to do on a sunny weekend. Although I’ve lived in South Carolina for more than 15 years, there’s still a lot of the state I haven’t seen. If you have a passion for exploration and love a good daytrip, let me tell you about a quiet little spot in the Lowcountry that you may have never visited, or even heard of: Old Santee Canal Park.

Old Santee Canal Park is just a hop, skip and jump away from the greater Charleston area – only 34 miles from the heart of the peninsula. And it’s only a scenic hour and 50-minute drive from Myrtle Beach and Columbia. Basically, that’s perfect daytrip traveling time.

At Old Santee Canal Park , you can get up close and personal with wildlife while exploring the park’s beautiful surroundings and impressive history. Listen as frogs begin to sing... Continue Reading >>