Educator learns about power production

  • Friday, August 15, 2014

From left John Helms and Barbara Allen, Santee Cooper instructor.

This summer, Santee Cooper provided hands-on experience in critical fields of the energy industry to one Georgetown County educator, as part of the 29th annual Energy Educators Institute series at the Wampee Conference Center in Pinopolis.

More than 70 educators from across the state participated in this graduate level course, receiving interdisciplinary materials while gaining new knowledge and understanding about complex topics, including 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. Teachers also participated in hands-on learning activities and unit planning sessions, and they connected directly with Santee Cooper experts on topics such as energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, environmental resources, power generation, transmission, distribution, electrical safety, water quality and utility economics.

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