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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 >>

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 >>