Santee Cooper Pulls Plug on Coal Plant

Conservation Voters of South Carolina


Dear Friends,

After two years of relentless efforts by Conservation Voters of South Carolina and our allies in the SCSaysNo campaign, we have achieved a monumental victory today for our children’s future and the future of our state.

The Santee Cooper Board of Directors voted UNANIMOUSLY this morning to SUSPEND efforts to permit and develop the Pee Dee coal plant. The Board also voted unanimously to defer a proposed 2010 rate hike.   The Santee Cooper ! staff cited reasons that we’ve been repeating over the last two years: pending climate change legislation; a possible national renewable energy standard; fluctuations in financial markets; and the impact of the economic recession.
Your letters, your contributions and your support helped make this happen.  Please join us in celebrating a great day for our state with a contribution in honor of this remarkable victory. 

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We commend Santee Cooper’s Board and staff for showing leadership in our country’s transition to clean energy.  We also thank South Carolina’s electric coops for seeking alternatives and pursuing an ambitious energy efficiency program.  Most of all, we wish to thank the countless volunteers and organizations who not only opposed the coal plant but also offered positive solutions.  

Next steps?  A federal climate bill to create a clean energy independent future.  There is still time for action this year, but our Senators need to hear from you.

If you are interested in joining the “Clean Energy Works” campaign, please contact me directly at or call 803-799-0716.

Click here to support our advocacy for a clean, healthy and safe South Carolina.  Thank you for caring about clean air and clean water and sustainable living. This is an historic day for us and for future generations.


John Ramsburgh

Climate and Energy Director

P.S. Make sure to join us and Congressman James Clyburn at the Environmental Policy Institute Lecture Series  “Conquering Climate Change: New Opportunities, New Economies” on September 1st at SC State.  Click here for more information!

Conservation Voters of South Carolina
701 Whaley Street, Suite 207
Columbia, SC 29201

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