Duke Energy: World of Energy

World of Energy Lobby

The World of Energy is an interesting, educational and creative place to spend a few hours of your time. And it’s free!

World of Energy Lake Exibit

It’s Duke Energy’s way of helping the public understand what takes place at a power plant and how energy is created from coal, water and nuclear power.

Interactive Topographical map

There are interactive exhibits, video displays, an interactive topographical map of Lakes Keowee and Jocassee and the surrounding area and clear explanations of how energy is produced.

Kids watching energy displayIt’s a great place for all ages to visit and is particularly favored by locals bringing out-of-town visitors and school groups of all ages. Grade school children are given an introductory explanation of energy and a booklet that helps teachers reinforce what students have learned.

In an effort to provide more exposure for regional arts and crafts, the World of Quilt exibitEnergy has started a display program in their lobby area. One of the first exhibits featured Quilts by The Thread Heads Quilters. For current and future displays, check the events section of this website. The exhibits are available during regular operating hours.

The World of Energy, operated by Duke Energy, is located next to the Oconee Nuclear Station on Lake Keowee, just off Hwy. 130 about 5 miles north of Seneca.
Hours: Mon – Fri:   9 – 5
Sat : noon-5

Closed: New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

For more information or to schedule a group tour, call 1-800-777-1004 and select option 1
Location Map

World of Energy also partners with various groups to provide a location for events of community interest. For example in the fall National Hunting and Fishing Day events are held on the grounds of World of Energy.


There are educational activities for the children teaching them hunting and fishing safety, kayak lessons and other fun events. It's a great opportunity for families to spend the day together and enjoy the outdoors.

Lake Keowee view from World of Energy site

The grounds are beautifully landscaped and extend down to Lake Keowee where there is a picnic area and a fishing dock –no swimming allowed. There are also hiking trails, a butterfly garden and a patio. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch and enjoy a picnic by the lake.

Auditorium with kids getting a lesson on electricity

As part of Duke Energy’s commitment to community relations, World of Energy also provides a meeting room (seats about 30 with tables) and a theatre auditorium (with seating for 100) that community groups may use free of charge.

Built in 1969, prior to the power station becoming operational in 1973-1974, the World of Energy was Duke’s outreach to a community that was dramatically impacted by the creation of Lake Keowee. It has proved to be a model for community exhibits in other areas by both Duke Energy and other power companies.

Water exibit

With over 25,000 visitors annually, the World of Energy continues to reach out to the community and provide useful information about energy and the role it plays in all of our lives.

World of Energy Entrance

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