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Overton Beach Park is a summer favorite place to cool off


June 02, 2017   By Aaron Grant, Summer Intern in Santee Cooper Lakes

Overton Beach Park on Lake Moultrie features a 400-foot long beachfront.

Now that summer is finally upon us (OK, not officially until June 21, but close enough!) it is our responsibility to go out and enjoy it!

I mean, what is there not to enjoy? The heat index can look more like an Area Code than a temperature forecast. The air can be so thick that you can practically take a bite out of it and a simple walk back to your car can lead to a minor heat stroke.

I suppose that is a rather cynical way of looking at the current season that we will soon cooking in…I mean experiencing.

I’ve just never really been one to cope well with the extreme heat that South Carolina so generously forces down on me.

But as the laws of the universe state, with every negative there comes a positive. Thus, with every 100 degree summer day, there is a refreshing body of water waiting for you to dive into. That refreshing body of water is Lake Moultrie and you can take a dip at the 400-foot waterfront that makes... Continue Reading >>

Take the time to unplug this summer


May 24, 2017   By Raechel Blitchington, Summer Intern in Reduce The Use

Does this look like an “energy vampire” to you? If you leave it plugged in after charging your device, it is. For example, only 5 percent of the power drawn by cellphone chargers are actually used to charge phones. The other 95 percent is wasted when you leave it plugged into the wall, but not into your phone. What do to? Unplug your charger when you are not using it or plug everything on a power strip and turn the switch off.

Summer is almost upon us. The weather is warmer, the days are longer and the feeling of summer freedom is within reach. There is no season better suited for de-stress and distraction, so plan your vacations, sip your boat drink and relax. Or better yet, turn off your brain and unplug your mind.

However, despite the countless joys of summer, there is one shortcoming of the season: higher than normal power bills. When an ice cold sweet tea and a dive into Lake Moultrie can’t cool you down, blasting the air conditioning throughout the long, hot day may seem like the only option.

While cranking the a/c can be unavoidable, there is a simple trick to balance out your electricity bill: unplugging.

Although this time, it’s not about beach days and cocktails. I’m talking about unplugging the unused appliances scattered around your home. Between the toaster, DVR, hair straighter and phone charger, you can accumulate a hefty bill... Continue Reading >>

EPA reconsiders rules


May 17, 2017   By Jay Hudson in Environmental Stewardship
Just last month, the Environmental Protection Agency agreed to reconsider the Effluent Limitations Guidelines Rule for Steam Electric Generators.

This rule, which was made final in 2015 and was to take effect after 2019, would lower the water discharge limits primarily for coal-fired power stations. This reconsideration was part of the new administration’s regulatory reform agenda, which I discussed in an April 5 blog .

There is little question that these guidelines need updating. But there is considerable industry opinion that this rule perhaps went overboard in requiring very restrictive limits for some waste streams that may not even be achievable at this time – even with the best available technology.  As a further example, power effluent limits were set at less than one-tenth of the metal limits of hazardous waste incinerators.

For example, metal limits were set such that the only way to achieve them was to use some... Continue Reading >>

Go fly a kite


May 11, 2017   By Jessica Yourko in Safety

Kite safety is important for everyone, kids and adults alike.

Over the last couple of weeks, the wind seems to have unleashed its potential on us just about every single day.  You would think I would have been prepared for this phenomenon and I would have rushed my children outside to partake in a hobby dating back long before there were even power lines around:  kite flying.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t get windy around here often. Unless we are in the middle of a hurricane or a fast moving afternoon storm, all is pretty calm.

I don’t own a kite. I know for a fact. I looked.

I am not even sure if I have ever even bought one for my children.

There is almost nothing worse than picking out the perfect kite, unwrapping it and then waiting on the wind to take it away.  And waiting…and waiting…and waiting.  

However, just in case this wind keeps up, I have already made plans to take my children shopping for their very first kite... 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 >>

Being social


April 26, 2017   By Susan Mungo in Community

Line Technician A Jamie Cook and his crew took over Santee Cooper’s social media for a day.

I recently had the opportunity to assist a line crew who took over Santee Cooper’s social media pages for a day.

As I worked with them throughout that day and watched them attempt to show the world a quick glimpse of what goes into their day, it made me stop and think about all of the opportunities we have as a company to tell our customers a little something about who we are.

Even if you are reading this blog, you may not know that Santee Cooper has a website that provides information about us. Everything from our history to how you can pay your bill can be found there.  We have a newsroom page that also offers access to things like this blog along with press releases, online versions of our quarterly PowerSource magazine and videos, and other stories of events we are involved in.

If you are active on social media, you may know and even follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.  In fact, we hope that you... Continue Reading >>