About Lonnie N Carter


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Lonnie Carter is the eighth president and chief executive officer of Santee Cooper, South Carolina's state-owned electric and water utility. Prior to his appointment in 2004, he served as senior vice president of corporate planning and bulk power. In 1997, on loan from Santee Cooper, he was instrumental in founding The Energy Authority and served its first president and CEO. He has served on TEA’s board since 1998.

Mr. Carter is a former chairman of the American Public Power Association and serves on the boards of the Palmetto Economic Development Corp., Charleston Regional Development Alliance Executive Leadership Council, Trident CEO Council, Large Public Power Council, the American Public Power Association, and the Thornwell Home and School for Children.

Mr. Carter received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1982 and a master's degree in business administration in 1987, both from The Citadel. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Leadership Award from The Citadel Business Hall of Fame. He received the Free Enterprise Foundation Award for Ethics and Civic Responsibility in 2009.

Santee Cooper is South Carolina's largest power producer, the largest green power generator, and the ultimate source of electricity for two million people across the state. Through its lowcost, reliable, and environmentally responsible electricity and water services, and through innovative partnerships and initiatives that attract and retain industry and jobs, Santee Cooper powers South Carolina.

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