(MONCKS CORNER, SC) – Santee Cooper personnel are making preparations for the anticipated effects Tropical Storm Isaias may have on Santee Cooper’s service territory. Approximately 2 million South Carolinians depend on the state-owned electric and water utility as their power source, either directly or through the state’s electric cooperatives and certain municipal utilities.
As of 1 p.m. today, Santee Cooper went to OpCon 4 alert status. This means there is a possible threat to Santee Cooper’s electric system, but effects may be limited or uncertain. At OpCon 4, the utility is primarily:
• Checking and fueling vehicles, including line trucks.
• Making sure communications equipment is in proper working order
• Taking inventory and procuring supplies as needed, such as utility poles, electric transformers and associated equipment.
“Santee Cooper has been preparing for additional challenges associated with hurricane response during the ongoing pandemic, focusing on practices that will limit the potential for virus spread between our crews, crews helping from other utilities, and the teams working in shifts at our generating stations and storm control centers,” said Mike Poston, Chief Customer Officer. “As always, if Isaias does hit our area and create outages, we will begin restoration efforts as soon as the weather allows us to do so safely.”
Customers can report outages at 1-888-769-7688 or online at stormcenter.santeecooper.com.
Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s largest power provider, the largest Green Power generator and the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state. Through its low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity and water services, and through innovative partnerships and initiatives that attract and retain industry and jobs, Santee Cooper powers South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.santeecooper.com.