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Transportation in the 21st century can be electrifying!

April 19, 2017   By Elizabeth Kress in

The electrically powered Proterra bus is manufactured in Greenville, S.C. and also at facilities in California.

Decarbonization strategies bring good news for electric utilities:  a need to electrify everything!

In order to minimize the cost of reducing carbon to each world citizen, perhaps the time has come to seriously consider electrifying   transportation, heating and industry as much as practically possible. 

For years, I thought electric vehicles only shifted pollution from the city to an electric generating station somewhere. Not true! With electric vehicles and renewables in combination, I drive carbon-free.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration, recent changes in the electric utility sector have reduced carbon output by 5 percent for two years in a row. Also, the years 2015 and 2016 both saw 5 percent reductions in carbon from electric utilities. There are three trends which have made this possible:

Increased renewables Energy efficiency Natural gas... Continue Reading >>

Monster catfish caught in Lake Moultrie

April 12, 2017   By Willard Strong in

At Hill’s Landing on the Diversion Canal in Cross, Paula Haney of Anderson shows her record 113 pound, 8 ounce Arkansas blue catfish caught in Lake Moultrie on April 1, 2017.

It’s spring in Santee Cooper Country, the five counties that touch the shores of lakes Marion and Moultrie.

If not already boats and motors and personal watercraft are being cleaned up and tuned up for the boating season that for many, extends now through October.

Fishing is in full swing, with bream, crappie, largemouth bass, striped bass and the Arkansas blue catfish now being ardently pursued by anglers far and wide. Speaking of the “big blues” found in the lakes, another monster fish was caught this month.

On April 1, Paula Haney of Anderson and her husband, Steve, were fishing in Lake Moultrie. She caught a 113 pound, 8 ounce Arkansas blue that has been certified as a new state record by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. It bested the 109 pound, 4 ounce cat caught in 1991 on the Tailrace Canal below Santee Cooper’s Jefferies Hydroelectric Station.

It’s no secret that catfish angling... Continue Reading >>

Climate rules on hold?

April 05, 2017   By Jay Hudson in Environmental Stewardship

The Winyah Generating Station near Georgetown, S.C. has a generating capability of 1,130 megawatts and is an important part of Santee Cooper’s generation mix.

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order that begins to process of dismantling the Obama administration’s climate policies.

The centerpiece of the Obama climate legacy is clearly the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which regulates carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.  The executive order directs EPA to immediately review the CPP, a regulation promulgated pursuant to section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.  Following the issuance of the executive order, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Federal Register notice announcing that EPA is reviewing the CPP per the order and to quote “if appropriate, will initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind the Clean Power Plan.”  

There were many problems with the CPP.  It was a state by state plan.  Each state had a starting point then a complexly derived carbon-dioxide (C02) reduction target to meet in... Continue Reading >>

Time for a tuneup

March 29, 2017   By Jessica Yourko in Customer Care

Regular heat pump maintenance can add service life to your unit and is particularly benefit in the salty air found along the Grand Strand.

Spring has sprung.  It is time for naps in the hammock and picnics in the park.

Looking at the weather forecast for the upcoming week, it is safe to assume that warm weather is in our very near future.

Fortunately for us, winter was short (maybe even nonexistent) this year. This past weekend was absolutely gorgeous and I found myself caught up in the familiar struggle of “do I?” or “don’t I?” I am sure you probably wrestled with it a little as well. Do I turn on my air conditioning and cool the house a little quicker or don’t I? Should I just open the windows and let the breeze blow through?

Trying to hang on to lower electric bills for a little longer, we decided on the open window option. 

Recognizing that temps are just going to rise and your a/c will be operating at full speed very soon, right now is the time to call your HVAC (heat pump) company and schedule a spring tuneup... 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 >>

Ready to spring into action

March 15, 2017   By Susan Mungo in Customer Care
This past Sunday, we sprang forward into daylight saving time and on a direct path to spring. The only problem was, the weather didn’t seem to get the memo.  As I write this blog, I am feeling grateful that our area only saw cold temperatures and a dusting of snow mixed with rain.

I am so thankful that we were spared the large amount of snow, ice and damaging winds that many states experienced.  You know, the kind of winter weather that can wreak havoc on our electrical system causing customers to be without power. We were fortunate and our system showed zero customers without power due to the weather. We were, however, ready and waiting in case you called.

At Santee Cooper, we have a Distribution Control Center that is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No matter what the weather, we are ready to respond should something cause you to lose power. You can visit our storm center to report outages and other power problems, or if... Continue Reading >>