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Local educator learns about power production

Posted: September 6, 2011 4:08 p.m.
Updated: September 7, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Santee Cooper provided hands-on experience in critical fields of the energy industry such as power generation and the development and use of renewable energy to a Kershaw County educator this summer as part of the 26th annual Energy Educators Institute series at the Wampee Conference Center in Pinopolis.

“Through this program, I have gained a greater understanding of the importance of Santee Cooper in South Carolina,” said Chet Horton, director of the Applied Technology Education Campus. “Santee Cooper brings industry to the state to drive our economy, offers programs like this one to educate our students and our community, maintains our ecosystem and natural resources and provides job opportunities that will be beneficial to our students in the future.”

More than 100 educators from across the state participated in this graduate level course, receiving planning materials and gaining knowledge about the production of electricity and the opportunities and challenges of renewable energy. This was illustrated through field experiences and tours of Santee Cooper facilities. Santee Cooper held three institutes this summer.

Each of the four-day institutes included trips to Santee Cooper’s Jefferies Generating Station, the Old Santee Canal Park and industrial customer Alcoa-Mt. Holly, along with hands-on learning activities and unit planning sessions. Santee Cooper experts addressed topics such as energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, environmental resources, power generation, transmission, distribution, electrical safety, water quality and utility economics.

“The Energy Educators Institute provides engaging standards-based lesson plans in an environment that promotes networking and problem-solving with fellow educators,” said Barbara Allen, Santee Cooper’s director of educational programs. “Not only do they learn from the curriculum that Santee Cooper offers, but they learn from each other.”

Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility and the state’s largest power producer. The utility is the source of electricity for 2 million South Carolinians.

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