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Promise Protect . Conserve . Restore


Our promise to protect, conserve and restore Nature exists, but conservation is created. Conservation is the collective action of committed, caring and forwardthinking people who are protecting, preserving, and restoring our natural treasures for the benefit and enjoyment of those who will follow. Conservation means playing the long game. At Gulf Power, as well as in the communities we serve, the conservation ethos is very much a part of our DNA. After all, our employees and customers live, work and play in one of the most spectacular and biologically diverse regions in the country. Whether we are conducting prescribed burns to mimic the benefits of natural fires to our longleaf forests, monitoring shorebird nests, rebuilding an oyster bed, helping sea turtles find their way to the sea, working with youth programs, or spending a day afield or on the water, the Gulf Power team understands our promise to conservation efforts in Northwest Florida. Our people are the reason that Gulf Power can proudly showcase our recent significant strides to bring clean, renewable energy to Northwest Florida. Since our last Stewardship Report, Gulf Power has increased its renewable energy portfolio from 3 megawatts to nearly 400 megawatts. This includes wind energy from the Midwest and solar energy from three military bases in Northwest Florida, enough to power more than 100,000 homes annually. In total, these projects represent 11 percent of our energy mix in 2018, one of the highest percentages of renewable energy by any electric utility in the state. Conservation ultimately comes down to the “who” as much as the “what” and the “where.” With that in mind, I am proud to share with you Gulf Power’s second Stewardship Report — Our Promise — the stories and successes of our conservation teammates who work hard every day to fulfill our promise and make Northwest Florida the ecological and outdoors gem we call home.

Stan Connally Chairman, President & CEO Gulf Power


Inside Introduction 4-11


Cleaner energy Land Key environmental stewards


Leading the environmental team 24-25

Wildlife 26-33

Water & wetlands 34-41

All in a day’s work 42-43


Energy efficiency Stewardship volunteers



Gulf Power snapshot


Cleaner energy

Solar panels atop Global Learning Academy in Pensacola, Florida 4

Investment Gulf Power is a leader in renewable sources of energy and is investing more than $1.9 billion in pioneering clean air systems to ensure Northwest Florida remains one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in North America. Our commitment to producing cleaner energy will ensure our pristine, coastal region continues to thrive.

Impact Over the last decade, we have reduced carbon emissions by 50 percent. Since 1992, we’ve reduced emissions from our power plants in Northwest Florida by 99 percent, despite a 49 percent growth in customers from 1992 to 2016. #

1 Gulf Power’s rank as the leading purchaser of wind energy among Florida utilities.

6 Gulf Power renewable energy projects. 11 percent The portion of energy projected to be generated by Gulf Power’s renewable resources by the end of 2017 to serve customers in our footprint, one of the highest percentages among all Florida electric utilities.


Cleaner energy

“We continually seek to balance the military mission with the stewardship of this environmental national treasure and look for innovative ways to excel in both arenas.” — Cmdr. Craig Johnson, Eglin Air Force Base 96th Civil Engineer Group Michael Burroughs, Gulf Power VP and senior production officer of Generation, and Cmdr. Craig Johnson celebrate during the first solar panel installation at Eglin Air Force Base.

1.5 million solar panels are being installed on military bases across Northwest Florida 6

Partnering with the military to harness the sun Gulf Power is generating enough energy capable of powering thousands of homes across Northwest Florida with solar power from one of the state’s largest solar projects — the Gulf Coast Solar Center. We partnered with the Department of Defense and Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, on the construction of the three large-scale solar farms on Pensacola Naval Air Station, NAS Whiting Field and Eglin Air Force Base. The fields were activated in the summer of 2017. 1.5 million solar panels are being installed on three military bases in Northwest Florida. 120 megawatt-production capacity of solar energy. 18,045 homes are expected to be powered annually by the three solar projects. 139,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions have the potential to be reduced annually, thanks to this project.

Solar services and resources Our solar experts work with customers to find the right solar option, whether it’s putting solar panels on their rooftops, supporting solar in the community or learning more about the Gulf Coast Solar Center. Gulf Power provides net metering for customers who have grid-tied renewable energy systems — up to 2 megawatts. Net metering allows us to provide credit for any excess energy their systems generate. Our solar energy page on provides information on net metering, solar facts, links to industry experts and calculators that allow homeowners, small building owners, installers and manufacturers to easily develop estimates of the performance of potential photovoltaic installations.

Solar for Schools Since 2000, Gulf Power has supported programs that paid for the installation of solar systems in seven public education centers across Northwest Florida. The ultimate goal: Implement solar energy education that provides clean energy to the schools while providing resources to collect data from the systems to use in energy curriculum. Students can see firsthand how much energy is needed to meet the energy needs of the school and how weather impacts solar energy collection. The primary and secondary schools are equipped with a variety of solar systems — ground, roof, covered walkway-mounted and electric vehicle charging station canopies — that are providing valuable education tools for students and teachers to better understand the technology.


Cleaner energy

“Adding alternate sources of renewable energy is important for our customers to be able to meet their energy needs now and into the future.” — Sybelle Fitzgerald, Gulf Power Generation Resource Planning manager

Kingfisher Wind farm in Oklahoma 8

Leader in wind energy 2016 blew in a new era for Gulf Power customers when our first wind project providing 178 megawatts of renewable energy became operational on the windswept plains of Oklahoma. In early 2017, Gulf Power added an additional 94 megawatts of wind energy from the Kingfisher Wind farm, for a total of 272 megawatts. Wind marks a major step forward in our promise to an efficient and reliable energy future. Smart renewables, like Kingfisher Wind, can actually put downward pressure on customer prices. 1st agreement of its kind in the state makes Gulf Power a leading purchaser of wind generation among all Florida utilities. 136 wind turbines. 272 megawatts of energy the turbines are capable of producing. 77,540 homes a year can be powered by this wind energy.

A leader in renewables The challenge was clear. Find renewable energy that brought environmental and economic value to our customers. So Sybelle Fitzgerald, Gulf Power’s Generation Resource Planning manager, dove into the mission with her signature tenacity and brought the first wind project to Florida by striking a deal to purchase power from Kingfisher Wind farm in Oklahoma. This deal took two years to complete and a lot of team support, including from Gulf Power, legal and Southern Company Services subject matter experts. Currently, Kingfisher is the only wind purchase-power agreement project of its kind in Florida. As she worked on the wind project, Sybelle also was given the mission to help Gulf Power harness solar energy. It just so happened about that time, California-based Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, presented our company with the first economical solar offer out of a dozen Sybelle had reviewed. For the next year and a half, Sybelle and her team partnered with the Air Force and Navy and Coronal Development Services to bring the common interests of multiple partners together for the largest photovoltaic solar projects in Northwest Florida. The projects consist of three, large-scale solar fields on military installations and will help the Navy and Air Force improve their energy resiliency, while delivering solar energy to all Gulf Power customers. These renewable energy projects will represent 10.6 percent of the energy Gulf Power provides to its customers in 2017. Sybelle and her team continue to explore renewable projects that benefit our customers today and into the future.


Cleaner energy


Perdido Landfill Gas-to-Energy facility reduces greenhouse gases Gulf Power began harnessing renewable energy long before we added wind and solar to our energy mix. In 2010, we partnered with Escambia County, Florida, to build our first renewable energy project — the Perdido Landfill Gas-to-Energy facility, that has a capacity to produce 3.2 megawatts of electricity — enough to power more than 1,900 homes per year. At the same time, it reduces harmful landfill gas emissions. Methane gas generated from landfills is one of the most significant forms of greenhouse gas — 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. But captured, the gas provides a valuable form of renewable energy. As of Jan. 1, 2017, the generators at Gulf Power’s renewable energy facility have combusted 3.13 billion cubic feet of methane gas and produced more than 153 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy, while providing revenue for Escambia County, Florida. Gulf Power also designed the facility with education in mind. Hundreds of students of all ages tour the facility each year to learn about this beneficial renewable energy.

Cleaner than ever As we add renewables to our energy mix, Gulf Power retired older, coal burning facilities, after evaluating it was not economically in our customers’ best interest to retrofit them to meet stricter EPA regulations. In 2016, we retired units at Plant Smith in Panama City that had been reliably supplying customers with energy since the mid-1960s. Plant Smith continues to operate and produce electricity with its combinedcycle natural gas unit, which went into service in 2002. In 2015, we retired Plant Scholz in Sneads, Florida, which had served our customers for over 60 years. Our remaining coal units — Plant Crist in Pensacola, Florida; Plant Daniel in Escatawpa, Mississippi; and Plant Scherer in Juliette, Georgia — are all equipped with state-of-the-art environmental-control technology, making 24/7 energy sources cleaner than ever.



“Northwest Florida contains an abundance of the most beautiful and diverse natural landscapes in the world. As employees who make our homes here in the region, we value the beauty and recreational opportunities provided by these landscapes and the wildlife dependent on them.” — Sco Jordan, Gulf Power Land Management specialist and Southern Company Stewardship Commiee member

Pitcher plants in a longleaf pines ecosystem in Blackwater River State Forest 12

Investment Guardianship of lands is part of Gulf Power’s culture. And knowing nature knows no boundaries, Gulf Power and Southern Company have partnered with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, four federal agencies, and public and private organizations to invest millions of dollars and hundreds of volunteer hours in protecting and restoring iconic longleaf pine forests across Northwest Florida and the Southeast. Ancient in origin, this fire dependent mix of forest and savannah once carpeted more than 90 million acres spanning the Atlantic and Gulf Coast across the Southern United States. Today, roughly 5 percent remains, up from 3 percent a decade ago, and supports more than 2,000 different plant, 300 bird and a multitude of mammal, amphibian and reptile species. Of those, 29 are threatened and endangered species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, the gopher tortoise and the Eastern indigo snake.

Impact Public, private lands $6.7 million contributed by Gulf Power, Southern Company and its energy companies have been leveraged with $10.9 million contributed by NFWF and partners, since 2004, for total on-the-ground impact of over $78 million in longleaf pine restoration and enhancement work in the Southeast region. A large portion of that work has been in Florida. 1 million-plus acres of longleaf pine forests have been restored across the Southeast, by planting seedlings or enhanced through prescribed fire, mid-story hardwood treatment, invasive species removal and re-establishing native ground cover. 25 percent growth in longleaf pine acreage to 4.7 million in the South since the 1990s thanks in part to ecosystem restoration efforts supported by Gulf Power and partners. Company-owned lands $285,000 invested into company-owned property since 2012. 400,000 longleaf pine seedlings have been planted on 650 acres. 6,600 acres of company-owned forest have been enhanced.

Threatened gopher tortoise



“Gulf Power has contributed to the larger longleaf restoration effort in Northwest Florida. Increased partner collaboration is helping tremendously with recovery efforts of rare species such as the red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, flatwood salamander and Eastern indigo snake.” — Vernon Compton, GCPEP director and The Longleaf Alliance project director

Vernon manages longleaf pine restoration and enhancement in the Blackwater River State Forest 14

Longleaf Stewardship Fund Deep in the Blackwater River State Forest is a breathtaking landscape. Vibrant green grasses blanket gently rolling hills punctuated with the dark tree trunks of towering, 100-year-old longleaf pines swaying against the brilliant blue sky. Butterflies, dragonflies and bees swarm around a pitcher-plant bog and only the sigh of wind blowing through pine needles, the chirping of birds and the buzzing of cicadas can be heard. This is exactly how a healthy longleaf pine ecosystem should look and sound before development and timbering reduced what was once the largest ecosystem in North America to a fraction of its original extent. Thanks to Gulf Power, Southern Company and other partners providing grant dollars through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s signature Longleaf Stewardship Fund, the century-long decline of these majestic and vital ecosystems has been reversed.

Vital partnership Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partnership is one of several partnerships across the Southeast focused on restoring the longleaf pine ecosystem. It spans across and beyond Gulf Power’s service footprint and since 2010 has received $1.8 million in Longleaf Legacy and Longleaf Stewardship Fund grants. These vast lands, laced with hiking trails, rivers and spring-fed creeks, and dotted with bogs and swamps, provide important habitat for threatened and endangered species. GCPEP includes 15 publicly and privately owned land owners who collectively manage 1.3 million acres of contiguous forests across Northwest Florida. They cooperate to implement a voluntary stewardship strategy to sustain the longterm viability of the native plants and animals, the integrity of ecosystems and the human communities that depend on all of them. Results of our efforts 4,828 more acres enrolled into the partnership land with Gulf Power’s participation. 100,000-plus acres of longleaf pine ecosystem restored. 200,000 acres benefiting from the introduction of fire, critical to longleaf pine restoration. Red-cockaded woodpecker population recovering throughout the region. Red-cockaded woodpecker photo by Danny Bales



“We appreciate the working relationship we have with Gulf Power. This support has helped produce tangible and lasting results in the restoration of longleaf pine forests across the region for the benefit of people and nature.” — Brian Pelc, The Nature Conservancy Restoration specialist

Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve near Bristol, Florida 16

Expanding our reach Where GCPEP’s range ends at the eastern edge of Gulf Power’s service footprint, the Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance, known as ARSA, begins. It includes Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve, a 6,350-acre rare geological feature that provides refuge for numerous rare and endangered plant species. Gulf Power has a long history contributing to grant dollars and providing employee volunteer hours to The Nature Conservancy to help accelerate reforestation and recovery of imperiled species and restore native grasses and flowers throughout ARSA’s lands. Some 80,000 to 100,000 seedlings are planted annually to restore the native landscape. Our employees have volunteered to plant trees and native grasses and helped remove invasive species. Results of our efforts $385,000 Gulf Power provided to The Nature Conservancy from 1999 to 2005 to accelerate longleaf pine reforestation and ground cover restoration on the Bluffs and Ravines Preserve. $1.26 million in Longleaf Stewardship Fund grants supported by Gulf Power and Southern Company, in partnership with the NFWF, and other public and private contributers, have been provided to The Nature Conservancy for conservation efforts throughout the ARSA area since 2004. $2.5 million total dollar impact with match from The Nature Conservancy. 700 hours Gulf Power employees have dedicated to volunteer workdays at Apalachicola Bluffs Preserve and Ravines and Rock Hill Preserve. Our efforts are paying off • The landscape now supports a thriving gopher tortoise population that is dependent on a healthy longleaf pine ecosystem. • In the summer of 2017, rare Eastern indigo snakes, whose existence depends on sharing gopher tortoise burrows, will be reintroduced to the Bluffs and Ravines Preserve after being absent from the ecosystem for nearly half a century.

Eastern Indigo Snake

• In the past several years, restored areas have supplied nearly 2 million seedlings that are being collected, selected, and planted in Torreya State Park and throughout the Apalachicola National Forest area by The Nature Conservancy staff, expanding and accelerating restoration.



“We’re leaving something behind for future generations to enjoy. Every step Gulf Power takes in restoring native habitat moves the needle for threatened and endangered species in the right direction.” — Bill Maudlin, Gulf Power Land manager

Longleaf pines thrive in Blackwater River State Forest and on our company-owned land 18

Sustaining our lands In 2012, Gulf Power launched a land sustainability effort on portions of 12,000 acres it owns across Northwest Florida, aimed at reforesting company-owned property being held for future generation needs. The goal of the program is to be good stewards of our property by replanting and maintaining what naturally grew there. Bill Maudlin, Land manager, created the program, and Scott Jordan, Land Management specialist and member of our Stewardship Committee, manages it and helped formulate a management and restoration plan for the land. Scott oversees harvesting and replacing the timber with tens of thousands of longleaf pine seedlings each year. • Restoring the longleaf pine ecosystem re-establishes the native habitat and slows the loss of native species. • Longleaf pine forests promote the return of native grasses, which in turn helps wildlife populations of bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey increase and flourish. • It also helps create habitat for threatened and endangered species such as gopher tortoises, red-cockaded woodpeckers and Eastern indigo snakes.



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Stewards of our rights-of-way Gulf Power places as much importance on being a good steward of its rights-of-way as it does on its other properties. That’s why on the 1,667 miles and 19,000 acres of transmission line rights-of-way corridors in Northwest Florida we ... Use Integrated Vegetation Management — a program that reduces the need for pesticides and herbicides and promotes healthy ecosystems aimed at increasing natural species diversity. Promote the growth of lush and stable native shrubs and grasses that don’t interfere in overhead power lines or hamper maintenance access. Install low-water crossings that protect pristine creeks and their ecosystems from impacts of maintenance vehicle traffic. Transform fragmented landscapes into a wildlifefriendly corridor and safe haven for rare plants. Enhanced our rights-of-way that stretch across the 724-square-mile Eglin Air Force Base, the largest military installation in the Department of Defense, by partnering with the base and the National Wild Turkey Federation in 2003 to establish 1,400 acres of native grasses and brood habitat. Additionally, in 2006, we partnered to enhance 3,000 acres of longleaf pine and wiregrass habitat to benefit species such as the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.


Key e environmental stewards



John Dominey, Plant Crist Compliance analyst and Environmental Stewardship coordinator “Our stewardship program allows employees to volunteer for the community on efforts centered around nature, wildlife, habitats, cleanups, public awareness and education.” John joined Gulf Power in 1981 as an associate engineer and is responsible for assuring the plant operates within all environmental permits and regulations. For the past 16 years, well before there was a systemwide stewardship effort in place, he exercised his passion for protecting the environment by coordinating and participating in the plant’s stewardship workdays.

Brandon Smith, Environmental Affairs specialist “My career allows me to focus on my passion for wildlife and habitats on a daily basis. Through my work at Gulf Power, I get the chance to make a positive impact on the environment and the community.” Brandon joined Gulf Power in 2012 after participating in Gulf Power’s internship program in 2006 and working for Ecology & Environment conducting wetland delineations, threatened and endangered species surveys and migratory bird surveys for wind farms and solar facilities. He is our Endangered Species Act manager, Florida Authorized Gopher Tortoise agent and Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Aquatic Studies expert, and serves on Southern Company’s Stewardship team. 22



Jeff Cole, Environmental Affairs specialist and Gulf Power Stewardship Program coordinator “Our Environmental Stewardship program serves as a great reminder that this is not just a place we work, but a place where we live, play and enjoy. Our stewardship program helps employees enhance our great outdoors, provide places for recreation, and restore natural and cultural resources within our local community.” Brent Skipper, Plant Smith Compliance specialist and Environmental Stewardship coordinator “I grew up loving the outdoors and want to try and leave it to my kids as good or in beer shape than it is now. Any time I can get out and enjoy our coastal environment, I am all for it.” Brent joined Gulf Power in 2001 and serves as the plant’s environmental Compliance specialist. He coordinates at least two stewardship projects a year for the plant, such as dune boardwalk repairs and oyster reef restoration, and participates in many others. He and his team enjoy taking a break from their desk jobs and plant jobs and getting out into the environment they work so hard to protect.



Jeff joined Gulf Power as an Environmental Affairs specialist in 2014 after working for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He became Stewardship Program coordinator in 2015. He has worked on locating and permitting Gulf Power’s recent large-scale solar project sites on local military bases, and he is working with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to develop a Panama City crayfish management plan for transmission rights-ofway.

Wayne Scott Jordan, Land Management specialist “Stewardship is a core value of Gulf Power and is important to me because I am a resident of Northwest Florida, and I aim to do my part in the conservation and restoration of the natural landscape in which we live.” Scott joined Gulf Power in 1998 and is responsible for forestry stewardship operations on Gulf Power-owned properties across the Panhandle. He led the company’s National Wild Turkey Federations’ Energy for Wildlife stewardship program and helps review proposals requesting grants associated with the Longleaf Stewardship Fund and Power of Flight.

Staci Stutts, Plant Crist Compliance specialist and environmental stewardship coordinator “I have seen the difference that our presence in the community has made. I enjoy being a part of that effort and making it happen.”

Robert Wayne Clanton, Plant Crist Operations specialist “I believe that each individual has a vital role to play regarding the protection of the environment. We should lead by example and it starts at home teaching our children the importance of good stewardship.”

Staci joined Gulf Power 10 years ago and now serves as a Compliance specialist overseeing water programs and projects. As the plant’s incoming environmental stewardship coordinator, she’s taking over John Dominey’s job of planning volunteer workday projects for employees twice a year.

Wayne joined Gulf Power in 1999 with a strong background in environmental compliance and operations. He is currently coordinating and supporting work to ensure groundwater protection, and he supports community stewardship efforts by helping to construct new energy-efficient Habitat for Humanity homes.


Leading the environmental team


Bill Maudlin, Land manager “I enjoy being a good steward of our resources, which I believe is vital to the success of our company and our communities.” Bill joined Gulf Power in 2011 after working at Alabama Power. Stewardship is key in his job managing the dayto-day activities of land acquisition, leasing and forestry restoration operations.

Jora Maxwell, Plant Crist Compliance & Support manager “Since childhood, I have loved the outdoors. As an employee, I’m fortunate to be involved in our commitment to environmental stewardship. Our efforts are one of the many ways we ensure the longevity of natural resources.” Jora joined Gulf Power in 2000 after working at Alabama Power’s Theodore Cogeneration Plant. Since 2015, she has been the Compliance & Support manager at Plant Crist.




Mike Markey, Environmental Affairs director “We’re all stewards of the environment. My family and I enjoy the waterways in Northwest Florida, and it is rewarding to me that I can personally make a difference in protecting them. It’s gratifying that Gulf Power and Southern Company are 100 percent behind our promise to lead company stewardship efforts.” Mike has a 33-year history working in the environmental field. Leading our Environmental Affairs team, he oversees all aspects of our environmental stewardship for the lands

George “Rusty” Meharg, Plant Crist Compliance team leader “We help set an example of environmental stewardship that will hopefully encourage others to do the same. Everyone should help conserve our resources.” Rusty joined Gulf Power 29 years ago and works with the team that is responsible for environmental sampling and monitoring. He has volunteered for stewardship workdays for many years.



and waterways in our service footprint. He’s received many accolades and awards throughout his career. Two, however, stand out because they came from environmental professionals he's worked with through the years from all across the state — the 2015 Environmental Professional of the Year by the Association of Environmental Professionals Northwest Florida Chapter; and the 2014 Clair Fancy Memorial award from the Florida Section of the Air & Waste Management Association for outstanding work and leadership in the state’s air and waste management arena. Among the reasons for the recognition: Mike’s and his team’s involvement in the community and the water reuse program they spearheaded at Plant Crist and Plant Smith, in partnership with Escambia County, Bay County and Panama City.

Alan McLane, Plant Smith Compliance & Support manager “We should all be good stewards of the natural resources around us. Our children and their children need the opportunity to have a safe and clean environment. Our resources are not something that can be considered a throwaway.”

Ashley for The Nature Conservancy and Envirothon, as well as cleanups at North Bay in Panama City. Projects involved removing invasive vegetation and trash, and providing meals for students competing in a regional environmental competition.

Ashley Jansen, Land & Water Programs manager “Being a new mom, it is important to me to continue to help protect and improve the local waterways and lands that we enjoy and cherish so much. I want to make sure my daughter has the same opportunities that I had growing up to fish, water ski and camp.” Ashley has worked in Gulf Power’s Environmental Affairs department for more than 13 years and is responsible for coordinating environmental activities for Gulf Power’s future generation, substation and transmission projects.

During Alan’s 38-year career with Southern Company — 34 years at Gulf Power — he has supported stewardship projects 25


“When someone says Gulf Power or Southern Company, we want them to know us for not only providing safe, reliable and affordable energy but also for being good stewards of the environment.” — Brandon Smith, Gulf Power Environmental Affairs specialist

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Investment Northwest Florida is a network of diverse landscapes that intrinsically supports a multitude of native and migratory wildlife and freshwater and saltwater species. Gulf Power has a long history of supporting vital wildlife recovery work to ensure birds, snakes, turtles and other species are here for future generations by being good stewards of our lands and supporting grants for projects to restore habitat and boost wildlife populations.

Impact $4.6 million of Gulf Power-supported grant dollars at work on wildlife recovery and protection in our service footprint since 1999. 100s of employee-volunteer hours aimed at furthering our wildlife conservation efforts, on and off the clock. Supporting sea turtle-friendly light initiatives. Installing osprey nesting platforms.

Leading natural resource conservation The Southeast United States is home to the richest biodiversity in the nation that includes mountains, piedmont, coastal plains and seashores. The number of at-risk species — especially those living in aquatic habitats — has increased significantly in the past few decades. Over the next several years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will make more than 800 at-risk species listing decisions under the Endangered Species Act, more than 400 of which will impact the Southeast. Fifty-eight of those are in the Gulf Power service area. Gulf Power recognizes it’s positioned to fine-tune environmental management practices for its lands and vegetation programs.

How are we doing this? Tapping one of our own, Environmental Affairs specialist Brandon Smith, to be our Endangered Species Act manager and oversee the mission not only to protect endangered and threatened species but also to be more proactive in our efforts to prevent other land and aquatic plants, insects, animals, fish, reptiles and associated habitat from becoming imperiled. Joining other Southern Company operating companies to develop a system-wide Natural Resources Working Group. Strengthening relationships with state and federal agencies, such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, which manage federally listed species and their habitat, to work toward common goals. Creating a threatened and endangered species booklet for lineworkers and other field employees who may come in contact with wildlife. Working on the creation of a Southern Company Natural Resource Strategy that outlines our approach to natural resource conservation. 27


“Gulf Power has been a great partner. The Department of Interior is using the Casino Beach lighting project as a poster child for ‘if you partner with a local utility you can achieve things’.” Photo courtesy of PNJ

— Paolo Ghio, Santa Rosa Island Authority executive director and director of Environmental and Developmental Services

Baby Kemps-Ridley sea turtles nest on our local beaches 28

Taking the spotlight off sea turtles Sea turtle hatchlings use the glow of celestial lights to guide them from their warm nests in beach sand dunes into the Gulf of Mexico waters. An explosion of artificial lighting has made their vulnerable dash through a gauntlet of predators — ghost crabs, raccoons, sea gulls — even more challenging. Light pollution confuses hatchlings and sends them charging away from the Gulf and farther into dunes and onto roads and driveways and, ultimately, to their deaths. Gulf Power has supported efforts to reduce light pollution along the beaches of our service area in an effort to protect these endangered and threatened species. • In 2015 and 2016, Gulf Power partnered with Pensacola Beach, Florida, on a project to replace traditional street and parking lot lighting with Wildlife Certified LED lights. The lights help darken the night skyline while providing safe nighttime visibility for beach visitors and residents. Lights in the Casino Beach parking lot have been replaced with 99 amber LED fixtures. The project greatly reduced light pollution for nesting and hatching sea turtles. • More than 70 light-polluting street lights are being replaced along beachfront streets. • Wildlife lights have been installed on three new pedestrian crosswalks on Perdido Key, Florida. • In 2016, Gulf Power partnered with Sea Turtle Conservancy to design, print and mail out postcards. The cards promoted a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission grant program to replace light-polluting fixtures with sea turtle-friendly lights for beachfront property owners in Bay, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties in Florida. Results of our efforts Thanks in part to the light conservation effort on the 8-mile stretch of Pensacola Beach, the 2016 sea turtle nesting season broke all records with the number of sea turtle nests — 37 — exceeding the previous record of 20.



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Protecting our osprey Among the largest raptors, ospreys are a conservation success story, rebounding from population declines related to pesticides, coastal development and water quality issues. The bird’s decline has been reversed in part by nesting platforms. Since the 1980s, Gulf Power has played an important role by providing more than 200 platforms for breeding pairs. In 2016, nesting platforms became part of the regular inventory in warehouses across our service footprint so lineworkers have easy access to them for the growing population of osprey. And Gulf Power has transferred many osprey nests from transmission towers that pose a risk to the birds and their chicks to these platforms.

To the rescue Our employees, equipped with the right tools, expertise and love for our wildlife, often get called to help rescue or protect iconic birds. They’ve released ospreys, pelicans and great blue herons that have become snagged or entangled in power lines. That’s what Jake “JT” Thomason, a service tech from our Gulf Breeze, Florida, office did one day in 2016 when a frantic resident called Gulf Power about an osprey caught on a line in her Santa Rosa County subdivision. Using his bucket truck, Jake was able to release the young bird that had a talon caught. Jake loosened the clamp and pulled down the wire freeing the osprey’s talon. It flew away, circled back around Jake as if to say “thank you” and then flew back to its nearby nest. In another example, our crews even provided Audubon Florida a much-needed lift by hoisting fencing material onto the roof of S.S. Dixon Elementary School in Pace, Florida, to protect the chicks of nesting shorebirds. With dwindling beach habitat, the migratory birds are increasingly seeking less suitable rooftops to hatch and raise their chicks.

“With Gulf Power’s help, a project that would have taken a full day of back-breaking work for our staff and volunteers only took a few hours. Tiny chicks fall off and end up being stepped on, run over by vehicles or eaten by feral cats and even red ants. We are very grateful, and it is just like Gulf Power to help where they see they are needed.” — Julie Wraithmell, Audubon Florida deputy executive director



“I can safely say, without the support of Gulf Power and Southern Company, there would be no whooping cranes east of the Mississippi River.” — Heather Ray, Operation Migration director of development

Whooping cranes are among the birds Gulf Power invests in conserving 32

Power of Flight liing bird populations From skimmers on our beaches to red-cockaded woodpeckers in our forests, bird species native to the Southern United States are at great risk. Their populations have been declining as a result of habitat loss caused by landscape fragmentation, fire suppression, development and human recreation. We love their habitats as much as they do. That’s why, since 2003, Gulf Power has participated in the Power of Flight program, a partnership with Southern Company, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and other partners, to conserve birds throughout Northwest Florida and the Southern United States. The program is the largest public-private grant funding effort that supports habitat restoration, species management and community engagement. More than 15 projects have been funded in and around our service footprint. $3.7 million contributed by Gulf Power, Southern Company and its other energy operating companies have been leveraged with another $4.5 million contributed by NFWF for grants, aimed at restoring and reviving declining populations of coastal shorebirds, whooping cranes, game birds, migratory birds and red-cockaded woodpeckers. $23.3 million total on-the-ground impact in bird conservation realized through these grants.

How some of these grants are benefiting our birds $1.03 million has supported the Red-cockaded Woodpecker Southern Range Translocation Cooperative, one of the largest partnerships for translocating endangered species in the nation and one of Power of Flight’s most successful projects. The cooperative translocates unrelated juvenile pairs of birds from recovered populations in the Apalachicola National Forest area to longleaf habitats in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida, including in the Blackwater River State Forest in our service footprint. Since 2004, the Power of Flight program has been responsible for increasing active clusters of this key indicator of a healthy longleaf pine ecosystem from 219 to 823 across the Southeast. In the Blackwater River State Forest, the clusters greatly increased from 18 to 110. $1.5 million fueled Operation Migration’s project to reintroduce the whooping crane population in Northwest Florida, using an ultralight aircraft to imprint and guide young cranes from Wisconsin to Florida’s Gulf Coast. $220,000 is funding a State University of New York College of Environmental Science project to implement vehicle speed reduction measures, and provide shelters for snowy plover chicks to decrease high mortality rates and increase the beach-nesting bird population on Gulf Islands National Seashore. $320,000 is helping the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute map the distribution, abundance, timing and habitat affiliations of birds during the spring and fall migrations around the Gulf Coast. $150,000-plus helped Friends of St. Andrews State Park create educational exhibits on shorebird and migrating bird species, project dune habitat, woodlands, marshes and sea grass beds within the park and throughout Northwest Florida.

We protect our black skimmers/Photo courtesy of Anthony Goldman


Water & wetlands

“We rely heavily on organizations like Gulf Power to accomplish our goals and mission. Gulf Power helps us financially and the employees actively participate in the projects by lending a hand.” — Briany Tate, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance senior grant manager & education coordinator

Briany stands in a shoreline-restoration area off of Blue Water Bay, Okaloosa County, Florida 34

Investment From our rivers, streams and wetlands to our salt marshes, dune lakes and sparkling blue-green Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Power is committed to the future of our waterways and ensuring they stay clean, healthy and teeming with life. That‘s why we are focused on the protection and restoration of our waterways through community partnerships, employee volunteer efforts, investments in technology and grant dollars.

Impact Support of 16 water restoration projects totaling $1.5 million between 2006-2016 in Northwest Florida with Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program, a partnership with Southern Company, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other sponsors. Stepping up efforts to use billions of gallons of reclaimed waste water at our two power plants instead of drawing fresh water from our waterways. Stabilizing shorelines and increasing vital habitats for coastal and migratory birds, aquatic plants, oysters and juvenile fish important to our seafood industry and recreational fishing.

Investing in living shorelines Gulf Power may have planted the first seeds for Project GreenShores, but it was strong community partnerships and shared vision that created the 30-acre marsh ecosystem and oyster reef breakwater along Pensacola Bay. We donated $150,000 for the initial phase of the project and employees provided countless volunteer hours. We also seeded Phase II by contributing to a $45,000 Five Star Restoration grant. A decade later, the vision of restoring this habitat-rich, water-quality restoration site is serving as a model for other disturbed estuarine shorelines. Oysters have colonized breakwaters built from thousands of tons of rocks and oyster shells. Marsh and spartina grasses are flourishing and capturing sand and soil, filtering stormwater and stabilizing the once severely eroded shoreline. The site has been recognized with numerous awards, and serves as an outdoor education and popular birding site. This transformed urban coastline is part of the North American Birding Trail and attracts a host of coastal birds, including a rarely sighted Nelson’s sharp-tailed sparrow whose populations have been declining. Phase III is in the planning stages to further expand the living shoreline along the Pensacola bayfront. Project Greenshores in Pensacola, Florida, is one of the largest projects of its kind


Water & wetlands

Bayou Grande oyster reef protects the shore in Pensacola, Florida 36

Five Star grants invest in cleaner waterways Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program grants build stewards today who will protect our important places and resources tomorrow by engaging the community in creating healthier wetland, forest, streamside and coastal habitat restoration, which all contribute to a healthier Gulf of Mexico. Gulf Power teamed with Southern Company, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and other public and private partners, in awarding these grants since 2006 — 16 in our service territory so far. As these dollars flow into our community, they are benefitting projects that engage school children, our customers and employees who are volunteering on projects from improving local water quality and fish habitat with stream buffers or reefs, to providing outdoor classrooms and ecotourism. They are building or enhancing parks, riverfronts, wetlands and coastal areas.

How grants and employee-power are benefiting our waterways 310,000 citizens are being reached through grants to Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance that engage 3,000 K-12 school students in Okaloosa and Walton counties by preparing them to replant salt marsh habitat, restore dune habitat and produce educational material. AmeriCorps members recently joined the effort to gain career skills by building oyster reefs to stabilize shorelines and conduct public education outreach. 11,300 square feet of native, salt-tolerant vegetation is being planted in Bayou Grande, Pensacola, Florida, with a grant to Keep Pensacola Beautiful to help create a living shoreline and reverse dramatic erosion. Recycled oyster shells from area restaurants are being used to build 39 oyster reefs with the help of more than 1,600 volunteer hours from property owners benefiting from the project, students, citizens and even Navy sailors. 3,600 square feet of intertidal habitat at Eden Gardens State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, was restored with a grant to Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, reversing oyster habitat degradation. Volunteers placed substrate for oyster settlement and planted native, emergent salt marsh vegetation. The project provided three educational outreach opportunities. 1,200 feet of Bayou Texar, Pensacola, Florida, intertidal marsh and oyster reef were restored with 84 tons of oyster shells recycled from area restaurants. This is possible through a grant to Pensacola Escambia Clean Community Commission to increase oyster populations, provide nursery and foraging grounds for finfish, shellfish and wading birds, and to aid in the filtration of stormwater runoff into the bayou. 148 invasive species have been removed from the coastal dune lakes of Walton County and 58 water quality stations have been monitored by citizen-scientist volunteers through a grant to Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. This area is designated by the Florida Natural Areas Inventory as globally rare and critically imperiled.


Water & wetlands

“We want to ensure some of the landscapes stay natural so we can have clean air and water, and places to recreate along the Perdido River. That’s why we’re here. And Gulf Power is puing their resources on the ground to do good work here.� — Brent Shaver, The Nature Conservancy Conservation Forestry Project director

Bey and Crawford Rainwater Perdido River Preserve in Pensacola, Florida 38

Perdido River Preserve On the far western edge of our service footprint, bordering Alabama, is a 2,300-acre preserve of freshwater and terrestrial habitats considered among the most highly biodiverse in North America — the Betty and Crawford Rainwater Preserve. In 2003, the Rainwaters asked The Nature Conservancy to protect this gem on 7.5 miles of riverfront so the public could always enjoy a slice of natural Florida — towering longleaf pine forests and savannahs speckled with wildflowers and native grasses, sawgrass flats, a tidally influenced lake, and Atlantic white-cedar and bald cypress ponds. Gulf Power has been there from the beginning helping to restore this former cattle ranch and slash pine plantation back to its natural splendor with grant dollars, expertise and employee sweatequity. $340,000 from Gulf Power Foundation, Longleaf Legacy and Longleaf Stewardship Fund grants have been put to work ... Restoring and enhancing 468 acres of native longleaf pine forest and groundcover. Planting 250,000 longleaf pine seedlings. Creating a pervious parking lot to encourage public use. Remediating soil disruption. 320 volunteer hours have been donated so far by Gulf Power employees who provide two volunteer workdays annually to ... Build boardwalks over marshes and wetlands. Restore the former caretaker’s house for use by the staff of The Nature Conservancy and partner agencies. Carve out and maintain hiking trails. Install utility poles for a pole barn to replace an equipment storage shed destroyed by Hurricane Ivan.


Water & wetlands

Shoreline of North Bay in Panama City, Florida 40

Reclaimed water projects Since 2009, more than 13 billion gallons of reclaimed water from the Emerald Coast Utility Authority’s advanced wastewater treatment facility has been used by Plant Crist for cooling and for its scrubber. This award-winning project has been a big win for Gulf Power customers, ECUA and the Northwest Florida environment because it … Reduces air emissions since the electricgenerating plant uses the advanced-treated wastewater as a coolant during electricity production and to run the scrubber system. Avoids taking millions of gallons of water out of the Escambia River by using the reclaimed water from the nearby ECUA facility. Establishes the water reclamation facility as a zero-discharge operation. In addition to reusing the wastewater, Gulf Power has recycled more than 350,000 tons of gypsum that is produced by the scrubber process as it cleans emissions from Plant Crist. Gypsum can be used to produce wallboard, cement and more. The partnership has received much recognition: • 2010 Sustainable Florida Best Practices award from the Florida Collins Center for Public Policy. • 2011 Industry Excellence Award from Southeastern Electric Exchange. • 2012 York Award from the Florida Water Environment Association for Reuse Customer of the Year. • 2012 WateReuse Association National Award for Water Reuse Customer of the Year. Millions of gallons of reclaimed water will flow from Bay County Wastewater System to Gulf Power’s Plant Smith, solidifying a partnership that will improve water quality and conservation in Northwest Florida. The project could go on line by early 2018. The project recently received a huge boost with a $1 million grant from the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott to help build the water-reuse project, highlighting the importance the state places on water conservation projects. Also, the Northwest Florida Water Management District has committed $500,000 to this project. Hailed by Gulf Power as a monumental project, it will ... Allow Plant Smith to receive up to five million gallons of reclaimed wastewater daily to be used as a cooling water supply for the plant’s natural gas generating unit. Greatly reduce the amount of water the plant currently draws from and discharges back to North Bay, part of the St. Andrews Bay estuary system. Improve water quality in the St. Andrews Bay estuary and reduce nutrient loading by others. Allow the conversion of Bay County’s North Bay wastewater treatment facility to a zero-discharge operation and reduce capital improvement costs. 41

All in a day’s work

“Gulf Power is the first group to help us with a big project like this. It’s very important for our visitors to safely get across the island and keep the dunes protected.” — Melissa Shoemaker, Shell Island Park Services specialist

Gulf Power volunteer workday at Shell Island in Panama City, Florida 42

Investment Gulf Power employees are residents of the amazing Northwest Florida communities in which we live, work and play. Employees invested more than 1,200 hours in 2016 maintaining, restoring and protecting our beautiful, natural resources — waters, wetlands, forests, beaches, parks, historic sites and wildlife — to ensure these resources are available and thriving for generations to come.

Impact Employees volunteer planting longleaf pines, trimming trails in conservation areas, building oyster reefs, monitoring shorebird nesting sites, cleaning up shorelines and removing invasive trees and plants. They participate in Earth Day events and help provide environmentally sound access to public parks and conservation areas. Employees volunteered to clear away brush shrouding access to a historic cemetery on the Perdido River watershed to allow families to regain their heritage. Other employees paved the way for 100,000 visitors annually to access St. Andrews State Park Shell Island without disturbing its fragile dune system by rebuilding a decaying boardwalk.

Coordinating our stewardship efforts As Gulf Power’s Environmental Stewardship Program coordinator, Jeff Cole organizes and manages these employee volunteer workdays for nonprofits and state agencies such as The Nature Conservancy, E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, state parks and Northwest Florida Water Management District. As a sixth-generation native of Northwest Florida, he does this fueled with a love for the outdoors and conserving our natural resources for future generations. He also works with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers on community outreach programs. One such endeavor is helping the Sea Turtle Conservancy disseminate important information to coastal residents about an FWC grant for purchasing turtle-friendly lights. Jeff is also working with FWC and Audubon Florida to get Gulf Power employees more involved in monitoring nesting shorebirds on beaches and rooftops in the spring of 2017. He serves on Southern Company’s Environmental Stewardship Program committee with two other employees, Scott Jordan and Brandon Smith. Jeff and Scott represent Gulf Power in reviewing grant proposals for awarding Longleaf Stewardship Fund, Power of Flight and Five Star grants to conservation organizations in our service territory, validating every grant award.

“Our Environmental Stewardship program serves as a great reminder that this is not just a place we work, but a place where we live, play and enjoy.” — Jeff C0le, Gulf Power Environmental Affairs specialist and Stewardship Program coordinator


Energy efficiency

EarthCents Home in Fort Walton Beach, Florida 44

Investment Today’s customers want more control of their energy use, and Gulf Power has a team of energy-efficiency experts who are focused on providing customers conservation programs, services and industry resources to help them use energy more wisely while taking control of their energy bills. We also lead by example by pioneering energy conservation in our own buildings.

Impact 1 billion kilowatt-hours — enough to power 71,000 homes is how much energy has been saved over the past four decades thanks to Gulf Power’s energy efficiency programs. 150,039 customers — one third of our customers — have participated in our energy efficiency programs since 2013 alone. These programs and innovations are at the heart of energy conservation: Energy Select — We were the first utility in the country to offer a program that puts the power of energy use and savings in the hands of residential customers by combining unique variable pricing, online programming and a smart thermostat. EarthCents Homes — Our program set the stage for Florida’s first residential construction energy code. Since its inception in the 1970s, 73,000 residential customers have purchased or built high-efficiency homes, which exceed standard energyefficiency building codes. EarthCents customers save money and energy. — Our new online store, launched in February 2017, provides smart home and energy-efficient products to help customers save energy and money. Energy Checkup — We offer two free Energy Checkup options that will help you understand your home‘s energy use: online and in person. As part of your Energy Checkup, you‘ll receive personalized recommendations and tips on how to save energy and money.

LEEDing by example Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an internationally recognized green building certification system, which recognizes buildings designed and constructed in an environmentally sustainable manner. They provide energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of natural resources. As an energy conservation innovator, Gulf Power was a pioneer for LEED-certified buildings in Northwest Florida with the construction of our Distribution Control Center in 2010. And in 2014, we built another LEED-certified building, the Douglas L. McCrary Storm & Training Center, which was recognized by Precast Concrete Institute with a first-place 2015 Design Awards for the category of Sustainable Design.


Energy efficiency

Home baery system installed at a home in Pensacola, Florida 46

Innovation is securing our stewardship future Gulf Power is focused on innovative ways of investing in the future of renewable and efficient energy as part of our ongoing commitment to helping customers use energy wisely. We participate in research projects, pilot programs and testing of products and services. Projects we’re involved in now ... Home Battery Research project – Gulf Power has partnered with Tesla and SolarEdge to test the Tesla Powerwall home battery system for several applications: rooftop solar energy storing; maximizing the impact of timeof-use rates by charging directly from the grid during lower rate, off-peak periods; and for studying the technology to see the benefits of power grid reliability and efficiency. Tesla Powerpack project – Gulf Power, with Southern Company, the Electric Power Research Institute and Tesla, is testing a Tesla Powerpack lithium-ion energy storage system, interconnected at our McCrary Training and Storm Center. The system will be used to better understand the requirements of industrial-scale battery storage, as well as the value that storage applications can provide customers through peak shaving, ancillary services, energy arbitrage and backup power. EnergySmart – A pilot program for home energy management with rates based on the time customers use energy. Customers who sign up for the program are provided an ecobee3, a smart Wi-Fi thermostat. The technology helps customers shift their energy load to off-peak times or through the ecobee3 technology, which allows Gulf Power to shift their load for them. The program has won the 2016 Electric Power Research Institute Power Delivery & Utilization Technology Transfer Award. SHINES project – Gulf Power and Southern Company are two of 12 partners for the Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar Photovoltaic program, an Electric Power Research Institute project funded through the Department of Energy. The goal is to create a system to integrate solar photovoltaic generation, advance forecasting techniques, load management and energy storage with the electric power grid, and to provide reliable energy at a minimized cost. Gulf Power provided a matching grant of $100,000 and will host two residential test sites.


Energy efficiency

Electric vehicle charging stations at the McCrary Training Center in Pensacola, Florida 48

Energizing America’s love affair with electric vehicles Some 400,000-plus electric drive vehicles are now on our nation’s roads, a massive increase from a decade ago. By 2019, auto manufacturers will have offered more than 34 plug-in electric vehicle models to the market and sales of electric vehicles are projected to tick up to 35 percent globally by 2040. As the power provider, Gulf Power is leading the Drive Electric growth in Northwest Florida by paving the way for making it easier for customers to slip into a sporty, speedy and greener driving experience by being the go-to source on driving electric. Gulf Power’s Electric Drive team is ... Promoting the benefits of electric vehicles: zero emissions, contributing to the nation’s energy independence and lower fuel bills. Assisting residential customers who want to drive electric vehicles by offering $750 rebates to purchase or lease them; offering lower power rates and off-peak power programs; and informing them about federal tax credits. Offering incentives for installing chargers — $100 homebuilders’ incentive to be plug-in ready and $500 commercial incentive to install fleet or workplace charging units. Leading in the building of an infrastructure to support electric drive vehicles in Northwest Florida by working with commercial customers to install charging stations for their customers and the public. Collaborating with the Electric Power Research Institute to test a variety of electric-powered vehicles and working with large commercial and industrial customers to promote their use of electric vehicles. Connecting customers to reputable companies that provide charging stations and advising customers on the electric drive vehicle — all electric or plug-in hybrid — that fits their needs. Steering electric vehicle drivers to the PlugShare app for the locations of the estimated 76 public EV charging ports at 27 separate locations in our service footprint, a list that continues to grow. Partnering with Southern Company’s rEVolution team to: Host “Cars and Coffee” events for the public to learn more about electric vehicles and even ride with an expert in an electric vehicle; and collaborating on researching, developing, and testing effective programs for current and future electric vehicle customers with an eye to potentially impact the way communities think about personal transportation. Gulf Power is also leading by example by increasing our company fleet of electric vehicles from three in 2015 to 15 — 5 percent of our fleet — and installing 29 charging stations at our offices and facilities across our service area. An employee workplace charging program was launched in the fall of 2016.


Stewardship volunteers Many of our employees are actively engaged in a number of environmental organizations. Here’s an example of what some are doing: Mike Markey, Environmental Affairs director; director of the Coastal Plains Chapter of Air & Waste Management Association; international member of the Air & Waste Management Association; past president of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals; member of the Florida Electric Coordinating Group; regional chair of the Northwest Florida American Institute of Geologists; member of the Alabama Geological Society and Escambia Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Group; and a leader/coach for the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice. Ashley Jansen, Land & Water programs manager; representative on the Florida Electric Coordinating Group water subcommittee; vice president of the Northwest Chapter of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals; and member of the Coastal Plains Chapter of Air & Waste Management Association. Timothy Batyski, Plant Crist team leader; member of The Nature Conservancy. Kevin Beaty, Environmental Affairs specialist; member of the Coastal Plains Chapter of Air & Waste Management Association; Florida Association of Environmental Professionals; vice chair Florida Electric Coordinating Group waste subcommittee. John Blackwell, LTE User Equipment manager; member of Bream Fishermen Association. Harold Breitling, Environmental Affairs geologist, member of the Coastal Plains Chapter of Air & Waste Management Association. Stephen D. Burns, Contract Services manager; member of the International Society of Arboriculture.


Jeff Cole, Environmental Affairs specialist; member of the Friends of Florida State Parks, Save the Manatee Club and the Coastal Plains Chapter of Air & Waste Management Association. Kevin P. Dutton, Substation team leader; volunteer for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and St. Andrews State Park. Jessica Freeland, engineer; member of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals. Verdell Hawkins, Community Relations manager; appointed to the City of Pensacola’s Climate Change Task Force. Cynthia Ann Haber, storekeeper; member of the Jones Swamp Pine Preserve and Nature Trail. Robert Jennings Jernigan, engineer; member of the Air & Waste Management Association and the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals. Susan Butler-Kennedy, Environmental Affairs specialist; board member of the Coastal Plains Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association; and a member of the International Air & Waste Management Association and of Florida Association of Environmental Professionals. Jora Maxwell, Compliance & Support manager; member of Partners in Environmental Progress. Dixon D. Overson, team leader materials; member of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Erick Risco, Environmental Affairs technical co-op; member of the Coastal Plains Chapter of Air & Waste Management Association.

Brandon Smith, Environmental Affairs specialist; member of the Coastal Plains Chapter of Air & Waste Management Association; member of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals; member of American Fisheries society; member of Avian Power Line Interaction Committee. William Ben Smith, engineer; member of the Coastal Plains Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association and Florida Association of Environmental Professionals. Greg Terry, Air Quality Programs supervisor; board member of the Coastal Plains Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association and International member of Air & Waste Management Association. Robert M. Wernicke, engineer, board member of the Bream Fishermen Association. Bob Wilkes, Environmental Affairs specialist; member of the Coastal Plains Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association. Brian Yablonski, External Affairs director; Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioner; Property and Environment Research Center board member; and a council member of Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. As chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, he has been recognized for his leadership in establishing 13 new Critical Wildlife Areas and expanding five existing ones.

Writer, Editor & Project Manager: Kimberly Blair – Gulf Power Company, Corporate Communications. Design and Major Photography: Mark Telhiard – Gulf Power Company, Corporate Communications.



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Generating Capacity 2,585 megawatts

Service Footprint

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About the cover Green sea turtles are one of four endangered sea turtles that nest on our Gulf of Mexico beaches in Northwest Florida. Loggerheads are the most common, but Kemp’s Ridley, the rarest sea turtle on Earth, and leatherbacks, the largest sea turtle, also nest on our beaches.

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Our Promise  

At Gulf Power, as well as in the communities we serve, the conservation ethos is very much a part of our DNA. For decades, Gulf Power has in...

Our Promise  

At Gulf Power, as well as in the communities we serve, the conservation ethos is very much a part of our DNA. For decades, Gulf Power has in...