October edition of SCL arrived during cleanup

The October 2016octoberliving edition of South Carolina Living magazine was delivered to mailboxes of subscribing members when so many of us were busy with cleaning up from Hurricane Matthew. Horry Electric’s local content, as well as the main part of the magazine, are available online.

Horry Electric highlights include:

  • CEO Column – Saving you money; New program lets members manage energy costs
  • Operation RoundUp update and feature: Co-op charitable program ‘a very, very helpful thing,’ merchant says
  • Commitment to Community – that’s the cooperative principle behind HEC’s 75 Acts of Kindness – a re-cap of 32 more of Horry Electric’s 75 Acts of Kindness
  • Convenient payment options – Bank Draft remains the easiest, most convenient, but there are local pay stations and other options.

Substations, transmission lines remain source of major outages

Hundreds of electric cooperative lineworkers poured into South Carolina today and began making their way to nine electric cooperative service territories along the coast and inland as far as Marlboro County. Crews from Upstate South Carolina electric cooperatives also moved toward the coast, as blue-sky weather made damage assessments and some outage repairs possible.

In what electric cooperative officials say will be multiple days of power restoration work, the magnitude of the damage became clear. A noteworthy 65 substations are powerless in eight electric cooperative service territories tonight as repair crews approach the end of daylight work hours.


The independent, member-owned electric cooperatives get much of their electricity from Santee Cooper, the state-owned electric utility. Santee Cooper operates the transmission system, which delivers high-voltage power to substations.


“The substations are a critical link between power plants and distribution service to consumers,” said Rob Ardis, an electrical engineer and CEO of Santee Electric Cooperative, which serves large parts of Williamsburg, Georgetown, Clarendon and Florence counties.


“Substations ‘step down’ the high voltage power, which can be as much as 115 kilovolts, to approximately 12 or 25 kilovolts and send it on its way over transmission lines to distribution lines and to neighborhoods and businesses. That’s how you eventually get the 120-volt electricity in your electrical outlet,” Ardis said.


At 6 p.m. Sunday, more than 232,000 electric cooperative consumers were without power. That’s down from a peak of 300,000 on Saturday evening.


“We’re working very hard in the outage areas where we have power available to deliver to homes and businesses,” said Ardis. “In every new damaged area we enter, it’s really clear this one was big. Good riddance, Hurricane Matthew.”



Real-time outage information—by county or by electric cooperative—is available at http://www.ecsc.org.


Electric cooperatives build and maintain the state’s largest power-distribution system. More than 74,000 miles of co-op power lines cover 70 percent of the state — more than all the other utilities in S.C. combined.


Contact: Lou Green

Oct. 9, 2016, 6:30 p.m.​803-331-4598​lou.green@ecsc.org

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September edition of South Carolina Living magazine is online!

The September 2016 edition of South Carolina Living magazine was delivered to mailboxes of subscribing members over the weekend. Horry Electric’s local content is also available online! You can also access the rest of the magazine online.

Horry Electric highlights include:September cover Horry South Carolina Living magazine

  • CEO Column – Electrical Safety Messages for Kids
  • HEC News – October 1 facilities charge increase
  • Feature on Right-of-Way Clearing – includes the current R-O-W trimming schedule
  •  HEC 75 Acts of Kindness – continued summary of the recipients with a feature on Green Sea Baptist Church WMU and their Fostering Hope project

You Can Help Beat the Peak!


Starting today, members of Horry Electric Cooperative can sign up to receive alerts asking them to reduce their energy use during times of peak demand for electricity. 

“The co-op has been managing peak demand on the system for many years,” says James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO for Horry Electric. “We regularly track energy use on the system and go into what we call ‘load control’ when the peak demand for electricity hits.”

“Think of it as rush hour for electricity,” says Penelope Hinson, spokesperson for Horry Electric. “There are times in the day when you know traffic is going to be bad as people rush to work or school in the mornings and then rush home at the end of the day,” she continues. “To save time, gasoline and sometimes aggravation, it’s best to avoid being on the road  during those times if you can arrange your schedule to travel during other times of the day.”

“It’s pretty much the same for energy use,” says Hinson.  “There are times of the day in summer and winter when people are going to be doing tasks that increase energy use on the system.”  The usual peak times for energy use are 6-9 a.m. in the winter and 3-8 p.m. in the summer.

Horry Electric has been managing peak demand for many years through voltage reduction. “On top of that, we have 5,501 members participating in our water heater load management programs,” says Howle. “Through those programs alone, we’re able to shave over 2,200 kilowatts of peak load per peak incident during summer months and over 3,800 kilowatts of load per peak incident during winter months.”

“With member participation in the Beat the Peak program, we can have an even bigger impact on controlling load and avoiding peak demand,” says Reed Cooper, manager of engineering. “When members receive the alerts, all we’re asking them to do is shift energy consumption from times when demand for electricity is highest.”

When demand for electricity rises, so do the costs. “When the cooperative purchases large amounts of energy during peak periods over the course of a year, it puts upward pressure on the electricity rates the co-op and our members pay,” says Howle. “By ‘beating the peak’, we can all save a significant amount of money by keeping wholesale power costs low and stable.”

How you can help

It’s easy.  Sign up to participate in the Beat the Peak program to receive alerts by text message, email or phone.  “When you get an alert, make a conscious effort to shift energy use to other times of the day,” says Cooper, adding that the purpose of the effort isn’t to stop using individual appliances altogether, just use them during times when the demand for electricity is not high.

“Shifting energy use to different hours of the day will help hold down everyone’s costs,” says Howle. “If we can work together, it’s a win-win for all members and the co-op.”

Ready to help?  Sign up here and don’t miss out on the video, which explains the program, at the top of the sign-up page.


Beat the Peak is an initiative intended to introduce members to the concept of ‘peak demand’ periods and why those particular times are important to their electric cooperative.


August edition of SCL online NOW!

The August 2016 edition of South Carolina Living magazine was delivered to mailboxes of subscribing members last weekend. Horry Electric’s local content is also augustcoveravailable online! You can also access the rest of the magazine online.

Horry Electric highlights include:

  • CEO Column: Save with the Co-op Connections Card!
  • Horry News: One for the history books. Horry Students part of record DC trip
  • Horry Extra:  Discounts from local businesses – Co-op Connections
  • Horry Extra: 
    • Green Sea boy goes ‘wild’ after Act of Kindness
    • Kindness makes for more happy campers
  • Horry Extra:  Right of Way maintenance schedule;  Powering up – how power is restored and reporting outages.


July edition of South Carolina Living is online NOW!

The July 2016 edition of South Carolina Living magazine has been delivered to the mailboxes of subscribing members, plus Horry Electric’s local content is available online! You can also access the rest of the magazine online.

Horry Electric highlights include:July2016 horry cover

  • CEO Column: You are a MEMBER, not just a CUSTOMER
  • Horry News: We will pay you to stay in HOT WATER!; Surge Guard; a two-step program to help you protect your electronic devices
  • PowerTouch – Use it to get in touch – We need updated contact information!
  • Horry Extra – Acts of Kindness continued; Big Paws Canine Foundation is featured on page 20B. Additional Acts of Kindness are listed on pages 20C and 20D





Pokémon NO!

PokemonGoSafetyHorry Electric Cooperative and other utilities are reminding players of Pokémon Go to STAY AWAY from electric substations, power plants and other electric equipment. The new smartphone-based augmented reality game sends players to real world places to “catch” Pokémon.

Pokémon characters turn up everywhere—from grocery stores to hospitals. But they’re also appearing at electric substations, drawing players into extremely dangerous, life threatening situations.

“Electric utilities cannot control where the Pokémon appears and players should make sure they catch their Pokémon from a safe distance,” said Penelope Hinson, spokesperson for Horry Electric. “Any game or activity that distracts people from the possible dangers around them and potentially brings them in proximity to our electric equipment and lines is a major concern for all of us.”

Remember these important electrical safety tips from Horry Electric as you try to #CatchEmAll:

  • Never touch electric equipment, including transformers and power lines.
  • Never touch a downed power line. Assume all lines are energized and dangerous.
  • Never climb utility poles.
  • Never enter an electric substation.