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Of Birds, Interns, GOFERs and Landfills: the Fall 2015 issue of PowerSource magazine

November 11, 2015   By Kevin F. Langston in Environmental Stewardship

Photo by Jim Huff

The fall PowerSource has become our environmentally themed issue where shine a light on the people and programs helping to advance our ambition to be good stewards of the environment.

One of the bedrocks of our environmental outreach has been the Environmental Intern Program, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this summer. More than 250 South Carolina undergraduates have participated in this unique summer internship, which exposes them to the challenges and opportunities that come with providing affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible power across South Carolina.

Also celebrating 25 years is Santee Cooper's Give Oil for Energy Recovery (or GOFER) program. In that time, GOFER has collected 30 million gallons of used oil and safely converted it to enough Santee Cooper electricity to power every average-sized home in South Carolina for 10 days.

Santee Cooper recently celebrated yet another environmental milestone when it generated its 1 millionth megawatt hour of Green Power. We were the first utility in South Carolina to generate renewable Green Power 14 years ago when we opened the Horry County Landfill Generating Station, which produces electricity from methane gas created by naturally decomposing garbage. Now with more than 28 megawatts of Green Power capacity, our Green Power portfolio has six landfill biogas stations, three solar arrays and one wind turbine.

Our cover story features the Avian Conservation Center in Awendaw, the only facility of its kind in the U.S. that combines science, education, research, medical care, captive breeding, and oiled-bird treatment. It was founded in 1991 and cared for just eight birds in that first year. Since then, the Center has provided medical care for nearly 7,000 birds of prey, including 600 in 2014. It has become the home for 120 birds of prey, representing 49 species from around the world, and is open to the public Thursday-Saturday. In-flight demonstrations and guided tours are offered twice daily to educate visitors on the different characteristics of each bird, as well as the roles they play in our ecosystem and how our behavior can negatively affect them.

Santee Cooper is among the corporate supporters of this 501(c)(3) organization, and employees have worked with the Center over the years to identify or rescue at-risk or injured birds encountered during their daily duties.

Learn more about the Avian Conservation Center and Santee Cooper's many environmental achievements in the latest issue of PowerSource, Santee Cooper's quarterly corporate magazine.

Each story is complemented by first-rate photography and eye-catching design. We invite you to peruse the online PDF at our website, and we welcome any feedback at