Santee Cooper, a state-owned electric and water utility with operations across South Carolina, announced that it has added a 5.4-MW landfill gas generation facility to the resources supplying its voluntary Green Power Program and plans to add two more facilities later this year. Since 2001, the utility has used the output from the 3.3-MW Horry County landfill gas facility to supply the program. In February 2005, the Lee County landfill gas generation project entered commercial operation and Santee Cooper plans to add generating facilities at the Richland County and Anderson Regional landfills, which will bring the utility's total renewable generating capacity to 18.5 MW.
Under the program, residential customers can purchase 100-kWh monthly increments of renewable energy for $3, or a rate premium of 3¢/kWh. Commercial customers can purchase 200-kWh blocks for $6. The program is available to Santee Cooper's 143,000 customers in Berkeley, Georgetown and Horry counties, the City of Georgetown Electric Utility Department, and 15 of 20 electric cooperatives in South Carolina. Currently, more than 2,600 residential and commercial customers across the state participate in the program.
News Release - Santee Cooper's Green Power Generating Station Dedicated in Lee County