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Fall 2017
Environmental Report

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South Carolina Notable State

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All Stories Letter from Editor Download PDF Past Issues

This is a special issue of PowerSource for Santee Cooper, and it is my favorite to write for and edit. The reason for that is our fall issue doubles as our Annual Environmental Report.

Each year, we focus on environmental stories. This allows us to get out of our offices, get in touch with Lowcountry flora and fauna, and share with you Santee Cooper’s environmental accomplishments and endeavors throughout the state.

Environmental stewardship is a foundation for Santee Cooper, and we’ve been leading the way for decades. In 2001, Santee Cooper was the first utility in the state to generate renewable energy. The Give Oil For Energy Recovery, or GOFER, program has 27 years under its belt and continues to keep millions of gallons of used motor oil out of freshwater sources. We work to continue limiting and lowering emissions, and we lead the country with our innovative approach of beneficially using coal ash.

In this issue, you’ll read how Darlington Raceway’s Labor Day Weekend events were driven by 100 percent homegrown Green Power, generated by Santee Cooper and provided by Pee Dee Electric Cooperative. Painting the wall green on the 4th turn at Darlington Raceway was a labor of love and a visual reminder of how important it is to be kind to our planet. That’s just one way we’re teaming up with the state’s electric cooperatives to make our world a little greener.

I know you’ll also enjoy our story about a number of intrepid plants that adapted to harsh soil conditions by luring unwitting insects into their lairs. It’s a story that travels as far away as Africa and as near as Lewis Ocean Bays Heritage Preserve in Horry County and Old Santee Canal Park in Berkeley County.

We round out the rest of the issue with an overview of Santee Cooper’s yearly environmental data, a recap of the Great American Solar Eclipse, the delicious optimism of the people of South Carolina’s shrimping industry, and the discovery of – and subsequent plan to control – an aggressive, invasive plant in Lake Marion. My hope is you’ll enjoy the stories, people and places in this issue as much as I do.

Nicole Aiello