Conserving Water At Home

SC_Water_Conservation_ChecklistService Concepts has created a Water_Conservation_Checklist for us to share with members. 

Although water seems to be in abundant supply, high demand and challenging climate conditions could cause a drought. In order to ensure a secure and low-cost supply of water for everyone, we all need to make an effort to conserve.

“Conserving water at home is the easiest and best place to start,” say our friends at Service Concepts. “There are many ways in which it can be done, but the real challenge is in determining where to start.”

Every home has different water use habits. The checklist includes all the actions that can be taken to conserve water at home. There are tips for every part of the household, including:

  • Plumbing
  • Laundry
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen

There’s no exact order in which the checklist items must be followed.  Just download it and get started!

HEC Joins National Initiative to Explore New Energy Storage Options

gold character sitting on the word 'news'Horry Electric Cooperative is joining the Community Storage Initiative, a national effort to solve the challenge of energy storage with technologies and resources that are already available.

For decades the electricity industry has been researching energy storage technologies, such as utility-scale batteries, that can stockpile electricity for later use. As the industry develops more renewable energy resources, which are intermittent, the need for energy storage is becoming more pressing.

Community storage refers to utility-sponsored programs that coordinate electric storage resources available throughout the community, such as water heaters and electric vehicles. Many utilities already offer consumers incentives to lower their usage during times of high demand; community storage enhances and builds on those programs.

Community storage enables consumers and utilities to share the system-wide benefits of energy storage – environmental benefits, lower costs and grid optimization – in communities large and small across the country. Such programs maximize the value of distributed energy resources, many of which are already available to participate in energy storage programs through simple retrofits and program design.

“The electricity industry is undergoing a rapid transformation,” said James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO of Horry Electric. “By looking at resources available now and using them in a new way, we can find affordable solutions to some of our biggest challenges.”

The Initiative’s supporters include a wide array of energy, environmental and business interests. The Initiative members are already implementing community storage programs, and will be working together to develop and enhance those programs to fit changing energy needs.

To learn more: The Community Storage Initiative

Members to consider bylaw amendment at Annual Meeting 2016

Current word advertisement for Annual Meeting 2016THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING of the members of Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc., will be held at the HTC Center at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) on Tuesday, May 10,
at 7 p.m. The HTC Center is located at 104 Founders Drive, Conway, South Carolina. Action will be taken on the following matters:

  1. The report of Officers, Trustees and Committees;
  2. The election of Trustees;
  3. All other business which may come before the meeting of members, including any necessary bylaw changes.

“We do have a proposed bylaw amendment to be considered by the members at the Annual Meeting this year,” says James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO of the Cooperative.  The amendment being proposed was included in the April edition of South Carolina Living magazine, it will also be published in the May edition and will be included on the printed program distributed to members as they register to participate in the Annual Meeting.

The proposed amendment is to Article IX of the bylaws; Non-Profit Operation. 

SECTION 9.02. Patronage Capital in Connection with Furnishing Electric Energy. Not inconsistently with Chapter 49, Section 33-49-460 of the Rural Electric Cooperative Act in the furnishing of electric energy the Cooperative’s operations shall be so conducted that all patrons will through their patronage furnish capital for the Cooperative. In order to induce patronage and to assure that the Cooperative will operate on a non-profit basis, the Cooperative is obligated to account on a patronage basis to all its patrons for all amounts received and receivable from the furnishing of electric energy in excess of operating costs and expenses properly chargeable against the furnishing of electric energy. All such amounts in excess of operating costs and expenses at the moment of receipt by the Cooperative are received with the understanding that they are furnished by the patrons as capital. The Cooperative is obligated to pay by credits to a capital account for each patron all such amounts in excess of operating costs and expenses.

PROPOSED ADDITION:  The Cooperative is obligated to pay by credits to a capital account for each patron all such amounts in excess of operating costs and expenses, subject to adjustment by reduction for any amounts incurred but not paid by the patron for services provided or credit given to the patron by the Cooperative.

PURPOSE: The addition of this language to the existing bylaw related to patronage capital establishes that the capital credit will depend on whether or not the member has paid what they owe to the Cooperative. This applies directly to bankruptcies and gives the Cooperative the ‘Right of Recoupment’. It protects the Cooperative and its members against the risk of losing capital in bankruptcy situations where orders are granted that eliminate debts, liens, etc.

“Voting on the proposed amendment is part of the business meeting agenda,” says Howle. Trustee candidates, because there is no opposition in any of the three positions up for election this year, will be voted on by acclamation during the business meeting.

 Registration at the Annual Meeting begins at 12 noon and each Cooperative member is urged to be present and take part in the meeting.


Members who register at the Annual Meeting will be automatically entered into the prize drawing and DO NOT have to be present at the time of the drawing to win!



Good Cents program drawing to a close; letters mailed to program participants

graphic with megaphone informationMembers participating in the Good Cents program are receiving letters from Horry Electric Cooperative as official notification that the Good Cents Program’s discount is being phased out in one-third increments over the next two years.

“The Good Cents Program and the discount were provided to Horry Electric members through Santee Cooper, our generation provider,” explains Eddy Blackburn, one of three employees in the energy management department of the Cooperative who worked closely with the program for several years. ” Santee Cooper has decided to phase out the funding of the program to both its own retail customers and to participating Electric Cooperative members throughout South Carolina,” he continues.

chart showing reductions in the Good Cents Program creditsThe initial reduction of the discount will take effect on July 1, 2016. The discount will be reduced by an additional one-third on April 1, 2017. The final one-third reduction will go into effect on April 1, 2018 and the Good Cents Program will be deemed officially closed and the discounts ended.

“In removing this program from our service offerings, we are committed to continuing to offer the energy advice and support our members have come to expect,” says Blackburn, citing  online Home Efficiency Analysis Tools; the MyEnergy Online member portal, which includes daily energy use monitoring, alerts and reminders; mobile apps and Advance Pay, a pay-as-you-go plan.

“Horry Electric is proud to advocate innovative ways to help educate members on energy efficiency in and around the home to save energy and money,” says Blackburn.

Members with questions are encouraged to call the Cooperative at 843.369.2211 and ask to speak to someone in Energy Management.


Current Word bill insert features Annual Meeting

Current word advertisement for Annual Meeting 2016Horry Electric members will find the Spring 2016 edition of Current Word inserted with their monthly electric bill statement this month.

The content for this edition features the 2016 Annual Meeting of Members, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10.

The publication also features the convenient payment options available to members of Horry Electric.

Current Word is published periodically for members of Horry Electric Cooperative. News and information about the Cooperative, its programs and services is typically communicated in local content produced for readers and subscribers of  South Carolina Living magazine, which is published 11 months of the year; Facebook; Twitter and the Horry Electric Blog. The Cooperative also maintains various Pinterest boards of interest to members.


Your Annual Meeting is May 10

HEC 75 years finalTHE ANNUAL MEETING OF MEMBERS of Horry Electric Cooperative is set for Tuesday, May 10, on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. “We say it is your meeting, because it is one of the most important and best examples of the power of co-op membership,” explains James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO of the Cooperative, in his CEO column in the April 2016 edition of South Carolina Living magazine.

“We encourage members to come to the meeting and try to make it as convenient and as rewarding as possible for those who do,” he continues. “We have a quorum requirement, established by the South Carolina General Assembly, that must be met in order for business to be officially conducted.”  In the S.C. Code of Laws, Section 33-49-430, quorum is defined as five percent of all members. Registering and voting on cooperative business in person is part of the S.C. Code.

Proven success

Registration gifts that are sure to appeal to a large number of people, entertainment and prize drawings for registered members have proven to be successful methods for electric co-ops to meet the quorum requirement. “On top of that, we include a retired fleet vehicle as the grand prize,” says Howle.  This year, it is a 2010 Ford F-15.

As it has been for the past few years, the Registration Gift is an electric bill credit. The amount this year is $15. Remember that only members who register, in person, to participate in the meeting between the hours of noon and 7 p.m. on May 10 at CCU are eligible to receive the Registration Gift. Each registered member will not only qualify to get the Registration Gift, but will also be automatically entered into the prize drawing. Registered members do not have to be present at the time of the drawing in order to win.

Stay tuned, more to come

Official Notice/Registration Postcards will be mailed to members prior to the meeting. “Be sure to put it in a safe place,” advises Howle. “You’ll need to bring it, plus some form of photo ID, when you come to the meeting”.

Members who bring their Official Notice and their ID will be able to take advantage of the Speedy Pass lines at registration. Shuttles will once again run in a continuous loop from the registration locations to The HTC Center, which is where the entertainment, business meeting and prize drawing will take place.

The May edition of South Carolina Living will be mailed at about the same time as the Official Notice.”It is your guide to your Annual Meeting and includes all the details you’ll need for the big day,” says Howle.

April 2016 edition of South Carolina Living includes Annual Meeting/Capital Credit info

The April 2016  edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to mailboxes mid-month, but the local content from Horry Electric is available now! You can access the online version of the main part of the magazine, too!

Horry Electric highlights include

capital credit chart

A chart, included in the April edition of South Carolina Living magazine, is designed to help members calculate and estimate what their capital credit check or bill credit might be.

  • CEO Column: Your Annual Meeting is May 10
  • Horry News: Places, everybody! It’s almost showtime; Annual Meeting Map
  • Horry Extra – Rural Lady of the Year honored and Miss South Carolina speaks to Rural Lady Luncheon attendees
  • Horry Extra  feature – How one of our 75 Acts of Kindness made a difference
  • 75 Acts of Kindness – First 9 Acts spotlighted
  • Horry Extra – Co-op returning $3 million in capital credits to members; Official Notice of Proposed Bylaw Change to be voted on by the membership at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Members