Santee Cooper to operate South Carolina’s 15-MW Buzzards Roost

South Carolina Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper) is taking over operation of the 15-MW Buzzards Roost hydroelectric project on South Carolina’s Saluda River. The utility will pay licensee Greenwood County $600,000 per year in exchange for the project’s entire output.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the 36-month lease of the project in February. The deal includes an automatic extension for successive five-year periods, barring termination by either party.

The lease does not cover the project’s earthen dam, fuse plug, or reservoir pool, all of which will remain the responsibility of Greenwood County.

From 1966 to expiration in June 2006, Greenwood County leased Buzzards Roost (No. 1267) to Duke Power Co. Duke gave notice it would not renew the lease, prompting the county and Santee Cooper to execute the new lease.

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