Santee Cooper honored by SERC

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Photo Provided - Pictured above, (l-r) Terry Blackwell, former senior vice president of power delivery for Santee Cooper, Santee Cooper CEO Lonnie Carter, and SERC Reliability Corporation President and CEO Scott Henry.

 The SERC Reliability Corporation has awarded its annual “President’s Award” to Santee Cooper for the utility’s ongoing commitment to electric reliability excellence for its bulk power system.
Based in Charlotte, SERC is a non-profit corporation responsible for promoting and improving the reliability, adequacy, and critical infrastructure of the bulk power supply system in all or portions of 16 central and southeastern states, including the areas served by Santee Cooper.
Owners, operators, and users of the bulk power system in these 16 states cover an area of approximately 560,000 square miles and comprise what is known as the SERC Region.
The award was presented to Santee Cooper at the SERC CEO Summit held in Louisville, KY and highlighted the utility for its superior commitment to reliability performance and helping set a quality standard for SERC’s members and registered entities.
“The generation and transmission of electric power must be effectively planned and operated to meet consumers’ expectation for reliable electric service,” said Scott Henry, president and chief executive officer of SERC Reliability Corporation. "Santee Cooper's dedication to reliability excellence has earned them this recognition.”
“We are honored to receive the President’s Award for excellence in reliability,” said Lonnie Carter, Santee Cooper president and CEO. “Santee Cooper’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of South Carolina. One of the main ways we accomplish this is by delivering electricity safely and reliably to our customers.
“This award is a testament to our employees’ commitment to our mission.”
SERC serves as one of eight regional entities with delegated authority from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation for the purpose of proposing and enforcing reliability standards within the SERC Region. SERC is divided geographically into five diverse sub-regions that are identified as Central, Delta, Gateway, Southeastern, and VACAR. The regional entities and all members of NERC work to safeguard the reliability of the bulk power systems throughout North America.

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