World of Energy - Oconee Nuclear Station


Located on Lake Keowee next to the Oconee Nuclear Station, Duke Energy's energy-education center, World of Energy, contains exhibits that illustrate how engineers use water, coal, and uranium to create energy. Animated displays chart the story of power, from lightning to light bulbs, and describe energy conservation programs that can be used at home. The information center also offers a film presentation on the Keowee Valley. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the facility's aquarium and the quarter-mile nature trail.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Nuclear & Petroleum
Topic(s):Electricity
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:On April 11, 1967, South Carolina Governor Robert McNair triggered the dynamite blast for the official groundbreaking for the mammoth Keowee-Toxaway Power Project that would include Duke Energy's first nuclear plant. The Oconee Nuclear Station began commercial operation in 1973, and all three units were on line by December 1974.