Santee Cooper and the Gullah Community
Santee Cooper is the predominant energy supplier for the rural South Carolina region of the Gullah Geechee Corridor. Santee Cooper either provides electricity directly to customers or sells electricity to the electric co-ops who in turn serve members of the Gullah community.
The Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce believes that South Carolinians deserve clean, affordable and reliable energy sources that don’t burden ratepayers, and that create jobs and positively contribute to our state’s economy. To accomplish these goals, we support the sale of state-owned Santee Cooper to NextEra Energy, and call on the legislature to approve the sale.
Widespread Support in the African American Community for Sale of Santee Cooper
African American Church leaders and 20 South Carolina NAACP branches have endorsed a sale of Santee Cooper.
“Santee Cooper is known for over a decade’s worth of missteps, debt and failed projects that have cost ratepayers millions. We urge the General Assembly to sell Santee Cooper.”
Read the news release and letter on the Gullah Geechee Leadership Institute website.
Gullah Geechee Chamber and Leadership Institute Endorse Sale of Santee Cooper to NextEra
We resoundingly recommend the sale of Santee Cooper to NextEra Energy. Read our full statement.
A sale of Santee Cooper Benefits the Gullah Geechee Community and South Carolina
NextEra can provide cleaner energy
At affordable rates
Award-winning record on diversity and inclusion
Santee Cooper’s record shows it is unable to embrace the future in energy and provide a strong base for economic development. Read about Santee Cooper’s record of mismanagement.
Also Read 15 Falsehoods: Separating Facts from Fiction in Selling Santee Cooper. The Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Chamber of Commerce expose the weakness of 15 specific arguments use by proponents who want to keep the “rogue agency” a state-owned and operated entity.
Sign our petition. Time to Sell Santee Cooper!
Testimony on Santee Cooper’s Record and the Gullah Geechee Community
As Marilyn Hemingway, president of the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce testified before House Ways and Means Committee:
“Santee Cooper is broken. Their [reform] plan places an unfair burden on a marginalized community that can least afford to fix the problems…problems created by a board and middle management that by and large does not reflect the demographics of this state. You can’t serve the community with a lack of diversity we suspect runs deep and is reflected in the decisions management has made without even listening to the voices from the Gullah community.”
Gullah Geechee Testimony on Santee Cooper: