Johnson attends Statehouse ceremony

Ashley Johnson represented Horry Electric Cooperative at the S.C. Statehouse Tuesday for the designation of Linemen Appreciation Day. He was one of 40 electric utility linemen stood with Gov. Henry McMaster and legislators as they honored the more than 2,000 lineworkers across the state.
Johnson, an Advanced Lineman with the cooperative, attended a news conference where the governor read a proclamation, and legislators unveiled a special automobile license plate to honor linemen.

 Part of the governor’s proclamation stated, “Linemen are the backbone of South Carolina’s electric utility system and deserve recognition for their work when the weather is good, after catastrophic events, and at all times in between.”


“It takes a special type of person to do that work,” said Rep. Mike Forrester, R-Spartanburg. “Most people know you have to be brave, but it takes a heart for service and the ability to be content doing hard work often without thanks, fanfare or attention. I don’t know of a group of people who are more universally humble, dependable and diligent.”


Legislators referenced Ice Storm Pax in 2014, the record-breaking rain and flooding in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 as examples of the extreme conditions linemen face during repair work.


After last year’s flood, “the localized damage was so bad in some areas that two separate cooperatives saw their systems completely dark for a period of time,” said Forrester, who is chairman of the House Labor, Commerce and Industry (LCI) Public Utilities Subcommittee.


Forbes magazine’s annual listing of the 10 most dangerous jobs includes lineworkers, said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Luke Rankin, R-Myrtle Beach. “Most of us don’t think about the realities of the job. A safety-first attitude isn’t a cliché but is a matter of life and death,” Rankin said.


The dangers of the job and the personal sacrifice of the employees were noted by several speakers.


“We expect it (electricity) all the time and most especially during times when the weather is extreme,” said Sen. Thomas Alexander, R-Walhalla, chairman of the Senate LCI Committee. “When most of us are getting ready to enjoy a snow day with our excited children, linemen are preparing to be away from their familes for an extended period of time.”


“I want to make sure that we don’t forget the other side of that sacrifice,” said Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley Co., chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “For many linemen, there are families at home who are also making a sacrifice. A family is doing without a husband or a father during sometimes special and sometimes scary times. I want to make sure that we honor the sacrifice of the linemen’s families.”


Legislation is working its way through the House and Senate that would authorize a new automobile license plate to honor linemen. The plate’s proposed design, unveiled at the news conference, features an outline of a lineman at the top of a power pole. The state Department of Motor Vehicles must approve the design.


A special license tag can serve two purposes, according to Rep. Rita Allison, R-Spartanburg, chair of the House Education and Public Works Committee.


“First, it’s a way for the owner to express pride in something that makes them special, to identify with something bigger than him or herself. Second, it reminds those who see it of those positive groups or ideas. I hope every time someone sees it, they are reminded of the hard work and dedication of our linemen,” said Allison.


Johnson said he was honored to be able to represent his co-workers and his electric cooperative. “Most consumers seem to appreciate our work, but it’s really special to know the state’s leaders acknowledge it, too,” he said.


Horry Electric Cooperative provides power in much of Horry County. Twenty independent, member-owned electric cooperatives build and maintain what is collectively the state’s largest power distribution system. They serve 70 percent of the state over 75,000 miles of co-op power lines — more than all the other utilities in S.C. combined.


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LINEMAN PHOTO CAPTION: Ashley Johnson, an Advanced Lineman for Horry Electric Cooperative, joined more than 40 fellow utility workers in Columbia on May 2 as Gov. Henry McMaster and state legislators announced S.C. Linemen Appreciation Day. Johnson is pictured with the proposed design of a special license plate to honor linemen.


 LICENSE PLATE PHOTO CAPTION: Legislation is working its way through the House and Senate that would authorize a new automobile license plate to honor linemen. The plate’s proposed design, unveiled at a May 2 Statehouse news conference, features an outline of a lineman at the top of a power pole. The state Department of Motor Vehicles must approve the design.



GROUP PHOTO CAPTION: Electric utility lineworkers gather on the S.C. Statehouse steps on May 2 after Gov. Henry McMaster proclaimed S.C. Linemen Appreciation Day. Officials also unveiled the proposed design of a special automobile license plate honoring linemen. “It takes a special type of person to do that work,” said Rep. Mike Forrester of Spartanburg.


Official Notices being mailed today!

speedy passHorry Electric Cooperative’s 76th Annual Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9 at Coastal Carolina University.

Only those who register, in person, to participate in the Annual Meeting of Members of Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc., between the hours of noon and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, at Coastal Carolina University are eligible to receive the Annual Meeting Registration Gift. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS! 

 Members will need theirHEC 17 OFFICIAL NOTICE_Page_2 card, PLUS A PHOTO ID in order to qualify for Speedy Pass registration.  

The date and location of the meeting, as well as the hours for Registration and Voting, are clearly indicated on the front and the back of the card.  

The Horry Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting of Members is a MEMBERS ONLY event. Each member who registers, in person, at the meeting during the designated hours for Registration and Voting, 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 TO WIN. All winners, if not present at the time of the drawing, will be notified by phone the following day. 

After VERIFICATION OF MEMBERSHIP, a MEMBER will be counted toward the quorum and will be able to Vote in the Trustee Election. There is a quorum requirement of 5% of the membership in order to conduct the business meeting. Member stickers will be provided to each Registered Member to indicate access to the Voting area is permitted.  With a preliminary estimate of 62, 383 members of Horry Electric on Annual Meeting Day, that means a minimum of 3,119 members are needed to register so business can be conducted. 

For additional details about the 2017 Annual Meeting of Members, visit and look for Annual Meeting 2017 under the Quick Links.

$3.3 million in capital credits being returned

capital credits calculatorNot many businesses pay you for buying something you wouldn’t want to live without, but electric cooperatives do!  

This year, members of Horry Electric Cooperative will be receiving a portion of the capital credits assignment for 1995, 1996 and 2016.  

The allowable retirement is $3,763,892 less $400,000 in estate payments. The total amount being distributed is $3,363,892, which includes the $1,535,097 balance of 1995; the $1,528,795 balance of 1996 and $300,000 of 2016. If you were a member in 2016, you will receive 1.5% of your 2016 assignment. If you were a member in 1995 and/or 1996, you will receive the remaining unretired balance of your assignment for that year. 

Capital credit disbursements are made by the end of April. Due to the expense of processing and issuing checks, members with refunds in amounts less than $10 will see a credit on their electric bill. 

Members can calculate the approximate amount of their 2016 allocation and disbursement by using the chart shown below. It was designed to help members calculate and estimate what their capital credit check or electric bill credit might be.

capital credit chart for 2017Questions about Capital Credits?  Visit or call 843.369.2211.

April edition of South Carolina Living online NOW

The April 2017 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to mailboxes of subscribing members mid-month. Horry Electric’s local content, as well as the main part of the magazine, are both available online NOW!

Highlights include:HORRYAPRILCOVER

  • CEO Column:  Find out what you’re missing at the Annual Meeting
  • Annual Meeting Map of Registration and Voting locations at Coastal Carolina
  • Beat the Peak!  Sign up today and Get the Message!
  • Rural Lady of the Year Feature: Janell Lewis becomes 39th Rural Lady of the Year
  • After-hours and weekends, we’re still ‘on call’ Horry Electric’s System Control is on duty, 24/7/365.
  • Co-op returning $3.3 million in capital credits to members








Annual Meeting 2017 plans in full swing

THE ANNUAL MANNUAL MEETING GRAND PRIZEEETING OF MEMBERS of Horry Electric Cooperative is set for Tuesday, May 9, on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.

Members are encouraged to attend the meeting and planners try to make it as convenient and as rewarding as possible for those who do.  The co-op has 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.

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 9 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.  Members who bring their Official Notice and their ID will be able to take advantage of 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 April edition of South Carolina Living will include important information about the Annual Meeting and there will be even more detail in the May edition of the magazine. It will be mailed at about the same time as the Official Notice.

Be sure to visit for additional details.  The Cooperative has created content specific to the 2017 Annual Meeting of Members and what members need to know about Registration and Voting. 

2017 Youth Tour Representatives Selected


Top row: Yasmine Pugh (L) and Hailey Prince (R). Bottom row: Elizabeth Brown (L) and Jaan Nandwani (R). Pugh, Prince and Brown all attend Conway High School. Nandwani attends the Academy of Arts, Science and Technology. 

Last week, nearly 20 students competed for the opportunity to represent Horry Electric at the 2017 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, scheduled for June 10-15 in Washington D.C.

Jaan Nandwani, a student at the Academy of Arts, Science and Technology and Conway High School students Hailey Prince, Elizabeth Brown and Yasmine Pugh were selected to represent the Cooperative, based on the results of a written test and a personal interview session.  They will be joining nearly 1,500 students from across the United States for the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. 

Connor Fata and Breena Cowan of Socastee High School, Ryver Cook of Conway High School and Daniel Mitchell of Myrtle Beach High School were selected as alternates.  In the event one of the four selected is unable to attend, an alternate will be tapped to go in their place. 

The four alternates will be invited to attend a Cooperative Youth Summit, also scheduled for this summer.

The Washington Youth Tour…

  • Rewards students for academic achievement and community leadership
  • Educates students about the role of electric co-ops in the national economy
  • Fosters students’ appreciation for the democratic form of government
  • Exposes students to the sights and sounds of our nation’s heritage
  • Builds students’ leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their communities

Students and chaperones…

  • Meet South Carolina lawmakers
  • Eat at cool restaurants
  • Visit our capital’s monuments
  • Tour Washington, D.C.
  • Socialize with people from S.C. and around the country

For more information about the Washington Youth Tour program, visit



Community Solar Logo_Horry_SQAt the beginning of the year, James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO of Horry Electric Cooperative,  announced the co-op was ‘very close’ to being able to offer Community Solar. “We built a community solar array on our property across the street from our main office in Conway last month,” he said in his monthly column in the January edition of South Carolina Living magazine.”As soon as everything is in place, we’ll be letting members know that we’ve begun accepting subscriptions to purchase a share of the energy that will be produced and distributed through the power grid.

The time is NOW! 

Access to community solar through Horry Electric Cooperative is easy. “We’re doing all of the heavy lifting,” says Howle. “Our plan takes the worry out of construction, maintenance and even zoning restrictions.”

The community solar array has been built and has already started producing electricity. All members have to do is decide how many blocks of solar power they want to subscribe to on a monthly basis. One block is equal to 150 kWh per month and the maximum number of blocks available per member is 5. “We have to cap the number of blocks per member so more members will have a chance to participate,” says Howle.

A subscription agreement needs to be completed by each participating member and a one-time, up-front, non-refundable charge of $100 will be collected for each block subscribed to by the member. “Participating members will begin seeing a monthly charge of $25 per block on their electric bill and a monthly credit based on how much energy is produced by the solar far,” explains Howle. The average is expected to be 150 kWH.

Want to learn more?  You can read all about it in Horry Electric’s local news in the March 2017 edition of South Carolina Living Magazine. You can also visit Horry Electric’s Community Solar page on

Have questions? Access our Community Solar Frequently Asked Questions or give us a call at 843.369.2211 during regular business hours. You may also send us an email to our email address for service and billing questions. Limited-offer-PNG-HD


Horry Electric will waive the $100 non-refundable upfront charge to the first 100 members to sign up for one block of power from Community Solar. If a member wants to buy more than one block, they will be required to pay the upfront $100 non-refundable fee per additional block.

Community Solar is available to any Horry Electric member with regular residential service on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Advance Pay services are ineligible at this time.