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May 06, 2015   By Nicole Aiello in Community

Spring has sprung and with it comes the spring edition of Santee Cooper's quarterly magazine, PowerSource. In general, PowerSource focuses on unique and interesting information specific to our service territory and the electric cooperatives' service areas, economic development in South Carolina, Santee Cooper news, and information about the electric and water industry. It is produced in-house, from story development and writing to photography to printing.

The best part about PowerSource is it's available to you, all of our customers and all of the residents of South Carolina, as a digital publication on our website. If you haven't read PowerSource, or if you just haven't had a chance to check out the spring issue yet, I invite you to take a look.

Here's how this issue shakes out …

My story starts in high school where a discerning and eclectic group of students spends countless hours of their own time building a robot. Through numerous trials and tribulations, countless calculations, and hours of coding, the members of Team 1287 — "Aluminum Assault" — learn what teamwork can really accomplish. They place their faith in themselves and each other, and they take that confidence and pride to competition.

Moving from high school to college, writer Kevin F. Langston takes us on a journey that follows the first class of students at Horry Georgetown Technical College's Electrical Lineworker Certification Program. Through Kevin's words, you can take a walk in the boots of aspiring lineworkers as they learn what it takes to conquer utility work. Students learn the ins and outs of electrical computations, the challenges of working around electricity, and overhead and underground line construction. They also learn what it means in to be lineworkers in their hearts.

Dedication and hard work are the theme of writer Willard Strong's story on Camp Bob Cooper, where members of elite rowing teams "Eat. Sleep. Row." Follow teams as they arrive during spring break from the frigid temperatures of New England to the perfect rowing conditions of Lake Marion's Wyboo Creek. There's no "lights out" for these athletes, who gladly hit the bunks after long days on the water. It's their passion that keeps them going and their spirits high.

The final feature story follows a Santee Cooper Energy Advisor as she searches for ways to make customers' homes more energy efficient. Writer Susan Mungo follows Energy Advisor Amanda Brown as she makes a free house call to a residential customer's home. With her bag of tricks and unique tools, Brown helps customers save energy, and money, while giving them peace of mind.

Although that is by no means the entire contents of the spring issue of PowerSource, it's a pretty well-rounded view. I admit I may be a bit biased as the editor, but I think this is one of our best issues yet. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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