Santee Cooper & Allied Waste Generating 3.2 MW of Bioenergy

Continuing a partnership to expand renewable electricity in South Carolina, Santee Cooper and Allied Waste announced the startup of a new 3.2-megawatt (MW) electricity generating station fueled by biogas at the Anderson Regional Landfill.

This project is Santee Cooper’s fourth landfill-biogas powered generating station and its second with Allied Waste. The two organizations opened the Lee County Generating Station in 2005. The US $3.8-million Anderson Regional Landfill Generating Station includes two Caterpillar 20-cylinder engine generators. Added with Santee Cooper’s existing landfill-biogas powered generating stations in Lee, Richland and Horry counties, it brings the utility’s renewable landfill generation to more than 17 MW.

“Santee Cooper was the first utility in South Carolina to generate renewable Green Power when we opened our first station, at the Horry County Landfill, in 2001,” said Lonnie Carter, Santee Cooper’s president and chief executive officer. “We are an industry leader, and we are pleased to be working with Allied Waste, a respected environmental steward in its industry.”

The Anderson project is supported by Santee Cooper customers who purchase blocks of Santee Cooper Green Power. Residential customers can purchase the premium power in blocks of 100 kilowatt-hours for US $3 each. Santee Cooper reinvests 100 percent of Green Power revenues in new or expanded renewable energy projects.

Allied Waste has 57 landfill biogas-to-energy projects operating at company landfills around the country with 18 additional projects in various stages of development.

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