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Recycling rumors


March 08, 2017   By Elizabeth Kress in Environmental Stewardship

Recycling is always a good idea for the environment and most times, your pocketbook too.

There is so much misinformation about recycling that it’s hard to know where to begin to educate folks.

Plastic, aluminum, glass, textiles, wood waste and organics each have their own story for processing and value. The scrap value can swing wildly as the markets change.

Santee Cooper has used wood waste, landfill gas and organics to produce electricity, so here’s hoping you’ll be interested in a blog on recycling of other materials and the circular economy as a whole.

In this blog, we explore the recycling of clothing, using local Goodwill as our specific and local example . I recently heard someone say, “You know, Goodwill throws out clothes they get that are out of season.” I tracked down Goodwill’s public relations manager, Kaley Briesmaster, to get the truth.

Goodwill accepts any clean clothing or textiles at all of its branches. At our local drive-through dropoff, the employee meets... 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 >>

Regulatory reform is a good thing


February 22, 2017   By Jay Hudson in Environmental Stewardship

The Federal Register is the official journal of the U.S. government that contains government agency rules, proposed rules and notices, including those that may affect the electric utility industry.

The new Trump administration has generated a large volume of dialog over issues ranging from immigration to health care.  We see voices on these issues every night, both for and against changes to existing policies.

One thing we should be positive about is regulatory reform.   One administration proposal is that for every new regulation, two must be eliminated or significantly reformed. The administration has also reached out to business groups requesting regulatory changes that would streamline how businesses operate.

According to a recent George Washington University study, the volume of regulations published annually has increased from 75,000 pages per year in 1975 to nearly 180,000 pages per year in 2015--and growing.   

Businesses have staff and employ consultants to monitor these daily, so that compliance is maintained.    Specifically, the electric utility industry is one of the most regulated... Continue Reading >>

Love Is In The Air


February 15, 2017   By Jessica Yourko in Customer Care

Santee Cooper prides itself on outstanding customer service at Retail service locations where you will find friendly, helpful people who consistently strive to not only meet, but exceed your expectations.

February is a special month.  While it may be short with only 28 days, it is packed full of observances.  February is American Heart Month, Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, National Bird Feeding Month, National Hot Breakfast Month, National Snack Food Month… and this list could go on for days. 

February is also considered the month of love with, of course, Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14. We buy cards, chocolates and flowers to show their affections to the ones they care about most.

At Santee Cooper, we love our customers. Although there are a million reasons why we love you, here a few ways we show it. We have:

Five full-service retail offices and a call center staffed with highly skilled team members who can assist you Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online chat during business hours to answer your questions Different ways for you to pay your bills , so you can choose what works... Continue Reading >>

How's the health of your home's electrical system?


February 08, 2017   By Willard Strong in Safety

Upgrading the breaker box could avoid a costly fire in your home.

There’s a nonprofit organization, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFI) that keeps statistics on home electrical fires. Who knew, right?

USFI estimates that there are about 51,000 home electrical fires every year, resulting in approximately 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries and $1.1 billion in property damage. That’s pretty sobering.

Sure, something such as a lightning strike can cause a fire but so many of these tragic losses are preventable, if homeowners would only do a few things to make their homes safer.

For example, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that electrical receptacles are a factor in 5,300 fires annually. Problems with 110-115 volt “outlets” as we commonly call them, are likely less of a factor if you own a newer home. More on that later.

If you have an older home, you’re probably more at risk for having an outdated electrical system overall with insufficient amperage,... Continue Reading >>

The heartbeat of South Carolina


February 01, 2017   By Susan Mungo in Community

Santee Cooper employees have a long tradition of giving back to the communities in which we serve.

February is designated heart month by the American Heart Association. Here at Santee Cooper we feel like we are part of the very heartbeat of South Carolina all year long.

Throughout our history we have provided essential services and supported charitable organizations. We’ve provided employment to individuals whose hearts have always beaten to the drum of helping and providing for citizens and businesses in our community, our state and even our country.

When Santee Cooper first generated power on Feb. 17, 1942, the first power delivered was to North Charleston’s Pittsburgh Metallurgical Corp. (later Macalloy), a smeltering operation. They produced ferrochromium, a critical defense metal important during World War II  to harden steel for battleships and tanks, among other uses.

Santee Cooper, whose formal name is the South Carolina Public Service Authority, was created in 1934 to bring electricity to underserved and rural... Continue Reading >>