Central adheres to the "Seven Cooperative Principles" adopted by the NRECA in order to accomplish our core missions.
We are committed to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism and the concept that teamwork is vital to our success.
The team approach must exist within Central, as well as between Central and its members.
Central develops load forecasts and analyzes cost of service, generation planning, risk management, and fuel procurement. This allows Strategic Services to coordinate long-term contracts with Santee Cooper, Duke Energy Carolinas, and Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA). These contracts secure power supply for up to forty years and is the main contributing factor for the low cost power we provide to local distribution cooperatives.
Central monitors weather and analyzes loads to reduce costs during peak demand periods through a combination of voltage reduction, switches on water heaters and air conditioners, as well as notifying interruptible loads.
Central’s rate to members, are created to equitably bill members and to provide a link to cost causation.
The Engineering team meets with member cooperatives to discuss their projected growth and substation construction plans.
The team identifies future transmission projects needed to provide service. The process to route, design, and construct the project begins with multiple routes outlined in great detail and evaluated based on reliability, design, total cost, and environmental impact.
After the appropriate route is established, Central’s Right of way team meets with landowners and other community members to acquire land for the project. The transmission team oversees the overall construction of transmission lines to the substation.
Central conducts research in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and distributed generation.
Central’s Finance team develops Central’s budget and manages financial aspects including implementing Central-to-Member rates for monthly billing and rendering wholesale, industrial, and net metering invoices to members.
On request Central also creates financial forecasts for members that can be included in RUS loan applications.