Santee Cooper rewarded its deputy CEO on Friday for helping to lead the state-run utility over the past year and for completely overhauling its energy plan for the coming decade.

The water and power provider’s board of directors voted unanimously to pay a $165,000 bonus to Charlie Duckworth, who joined Santee Cooper in July 2019.

Duckworth also earns an annual salary of $560,000. The performance bonus approved Friday was included in his initial contract he signed last year. 

Duckworth previously worked as an independent consultant for utilities and served more than 25 years as an employee of the Salt River Project, a public power provider in Arizona.

Duckworth was lured out of his consultancy practice last year

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