Historically, coal has anchored Santee Cooper's low-cost electricity.
New regulations and the changing fuel landscape have helped us advance a more diverse fuel mix, giving us important flexibility now and in the future.
Between maximizing natural gas and beginning to build new nuclear units, we continued to focus on low-cost, reliable electricity in 2012.
In March, we received key licenses from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for two new nuclear units at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, which we are now building with South Carolina Electric & Gas. The new nuclear units are virtually emissions free and scheduled to come online in 2017 and 2018.
We embraced near record-low gas prices, running our natural gas units at Rainey Generating Station as much as possible. When it was more economical, we also opted to purchase natural gas generation from others.
As we shifted to a more diverse fuel future, we retired six of our oldest coal and oil units in 2012: four at Jefferies Generating Station and two at Grainger Generating Station.
And Santee Cooper improved our transmission and distribution power-delivery systems to further maintain reliability, upgrade and expand existing substations, and add a needed substation and power lines in Horry County's Carolina Forest area.
Through all of these steps, we advanced our promises to deliver low-cost, reliable electricity to our customers.
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