Cope Station

The newest coal-fired plant in SCE&G's system generates 430 megawatts of electricity by burning pulverized coal in a single unit. The site was designed to accommodate two additional units in the future if needed. At full load, Cope Station can produce enough power in one hour to supply the average electric needs of 430 residential customers for one month.

Environmental Initiatives

  • Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) equipment was installed in 2008 to reduce nitrous oxide gases (NOx). The total cost was more than $69 million and will reduce NOx emissions by more than 70 percent.
  • The plant was designed and built with a dry scrubber to reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions. The scrubber eliminates more than 95 percent of SO2. A co-benefit is that approximately 60-90 percent of mercury emissions are eliminated.
  • The plant is equipped with baghouses that remove 99 percent of fly ash from the combustion process. The boiler also has low-NOx burners, installed in the late 1990s, that reduce the amount of nitrous oxide gases even further.
  • Nearly 400 acres of the wetlands along the Edisto River at Cope are included in a conservation easement granted to the Congaree Land Trust, ensuring the wetlands will remain pristine for generations to come.


Plant Facts

  • Located near Orangeburg, S.C.
  • Generates 415 megawatts of electricity.
  • Began commercial operation in 1996, SCE&G’s newest coal-fired plant.
  • Burns approximately 160 tons of coal per hour when operating at full load.
  • Pays approximately $7.2 million in property taxes annually.
  • Consistently ranks in top twenty plants for efficiency per Electric Light & Power magazine.
  • Employs 73 employees.

Cope Station Fact Sheet (176KB) 

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