Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About Santee Cooper
- Our mandate is to generate electricity and provide wholesale water, but we’re much more than that. The mission of Santee Cooper is to be the state’s leading resource for improving the quality of life for the people of South Carolina. We achieve our mission by supporting local schools and communities through volunteerism, being a steward of the environment, being a leader in economic development, providing areas with clean water, and, of course, producing and distributing low-cost reliable energy.
- Santee Cooper is the product of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal recovery program. Similar to other parts of the nation, South Carolina took a hard hit during the Great Depression. During this time, 93 percent of the people in the state were without electricity. State legislators were able to convince President Roosevelt to invest in South Carolina by electrifying the rural areas to promote economic development and improve the quality of life of those who lived there.
- The Santee Cooper project was not funded by the state. The $70 million project was funded 55 percent by federal loans and 45 percent by federal grants. No South Carolina tax-generated revenues have been used by Santee Cooper in its 84-year history.
- Santee Cooper owns and operates the Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner. The Santee Canal was the inspiration behind the creation of Santee Cooper and Lakes Marion and Moultrie. The park honors the area’s rich history and natural habitats, such as the 175-year-old Stony Landing House, Berkeley County Museum and Heritage Center, and being a popular destination for outdoor recreation.
- Santee Cooper employees have graciously volunteered almost 11,000 hours in 2018 with local schools, communities and nonprofit organizations in Horry, Berkeley and Georgetown counties. Almost 1,000 hours alone were served through United Way’s Day of Caring.
Learn more about how Santee Cooper Power South Carolina at www.santeecooper.com.