Santee Cooper’s Magical Reach

Santee Cooper’s Magical Reach

Santee Cooper’s Magical Reach

Greek mythology is fascinating in its diversity. The gods were involved in every aspect of mortal life, from weaving to wine-drinking. Ancient religion is compelling because of its expansive nature. There are many little tales that tie into most components of the human experience.

The Greeks made sense of everything by virtue of their beliefs and had divine entities to explain everything from retribution to rainbows (Nemesis and Iris, respectively). The variety associated with these famed chronicles reminds me of Santee Cooper, which touches South Carolina in a multitude of uplifting ways.

Santee Cooper is a power utility. Keeping the lights on across the state is the primary goal. However, as a state agency, Santee Cooper oversees many departments that might slip one’s attention. For example, we employ legions of computer geeks (we say that lovingly) to fend off hacking attempts into the system (Technology Services, or in Greek terms, Athena, goddess of defense).

We’ve got people who make sure our parks and lakes aren’t overwhelmed with insects (Vector Management, or Aristaeus, god of beekeeping). Even my department, Corporate Communications (Hermes, god of communication) is one that is crucial to the operation of a utility but not immediately associated with the agency.

When you think Santee Cooper, you think line techs and power plants (Ponos, god of hard work). While we are deeply proud of those who assist in the direct production of power, it’s interesting to examine the other ways in which Santee Cooper impacts South Carolina, from our cybersecurity to our lakes. Like Greek mythology, we’re working on a little bit of everything. 

I’m hesitant to compare Santee Cooper to Mount Olympus. I’d say we’re more like other legends, like those of Hecate and Asteria. Hecate is the goddess of magic. She isn’t majorly prominent in discussions of Greek Mythology, but she’s there. That’s our goal­—to bring a little bit of magic into our customers’ homes and businesses while flying under the radar. And, like Asteria (who was a goddess, then a quail and then an island), we take many forms.

Greek mythology offers an assortment of stories and entities to be examined. Santee Cooper’s many departments, all contributing towards keeping the lights on, do something similar. Maybe the first thing you think of when you hear about Greek mythology is Zeus, but you’ll find that there’s so much more to learn when you look at it as a whole.

At Santee Cooper, we’re proud of delivering power to South Carolina. However, beyond what we’re most known for, we provide other services that are worth peeking into. Like the Greeks, we know that variety is the spice of life, and we strive for perfection in every little task—from line work to customer service. We’re known for our resources but we are here for much more.

Author Ann Bailey

Ann Bailey

Ann Bailey, our first-time summer intern, is a rising sophomore at the University of South Carolina where she is majoring in broadcast journalism minoring in Spanish. The Summerville resident has immersed herself in all things Santee Cooper: learning about the electric power industry, lakes Marion and Moultrie, and the educational and recreational opportunities found at Old Santee Canal Park and Overton Beach Park. Her interests include dogs, scary movies, music and Tex-Mex.