August edition of SCL online NOW!

The Horry 8-16 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.

NRECA Names Former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson New CEO

NRECA CEO Jim Mattheson

(Arlington, Va.) Released by NRECA June 13— The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today announced that former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson has been selected to serve as NRECA’s 6th chief executive officer. Matheson will succeed Jo Ann Emerson, who was stricken by a severe illness in August of last year. He will join the association and assume his duties as CEO in July.

“On behalf of our board of directors, we are extremely excited to have Jim join NRECA,” said NRECA President Mel Coleman. “Jim will bring to the position a broad knowledge of the issues facing rural America and will be an inspirational leader for America’s Electric Cooperatives.”

Matheson currently serves as principal, public policy practice for Squire Patton Boggs, a large well-respected international law firm based in Washington, D.C. During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 2001 to 2015, he served as a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. The respect Matheson has on both sides of the aisle, and his ability to bridge political and policy divides to find common ground, will serve NRECA and all member cooperatives very well.

“I am excited by the opportunity to lead NRECA and to continue to build on its remarkable record of service to its members,” Matheson said. “I am honored to be associated with this member-driven organization that has a strong reputation for quality and integrity. I look forward to working collaboratively with all of the cooperative community as we look to the future.”

In addition to his extensive background in Congress and public policy, Matheson worked in the energy industry for several years. He was a project development manager in the independent power industry. He worked at two consulting companies, including his own firm, providing services to large energy consumers.

Jim was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended public schools in Salt Lake City, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Harvard University, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from UCLA.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.


Annual Meeting 2016 draws big crowd

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The Cooperative posted the time at which quorum was achieved for the 2016 Annual Meeting of Members on their Facebook page.

Registration lines for the 2016 Annual Meeting of Members opened at noon on May 10 and, by 12:17 p.m.,  25% of the co-op’s quorum requirement had been met.  “The quorum requirement is 5% of the co-op’s total membership,” explains James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO of the Cooperative.  This year, that number was 3,026. “We achieved that number by 2:10 p.m.,” says Howle.

Registration continued until 7 p.m. and the final count of registered members at the 2016 Annual Meeting was 6,369. Horry Electric’s all-time attendance record was set in 2013 with 7,571 registered members.

Elaine Gore (District 1), Ronald Floyd (District 5) and Ashley Anderson (District 7) all ran unopposed in the trustee election.  All three were re-elected for three-year terms by acclamation during the business meeting. Members also considered and voted on an amendment to the bylaws related to patronage capital. The additional language 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.

2016 Annual Meeting of Members-WINNERS_Page_5A prize drawing followed the business meeting. The 2016 Annual Meeting of Members-WINNERS list can be downloaded and printed or viewed on Horry Electric’s Facebook page in the album titled 2016 Annual Meeting of Members Prize Winners





May edition of SCL features details

The countdown is on.  Annual Meeting 2016 just days away. HEC Ann Meet mag wrap 16 no vote rev_Page_1

The May 2016 edition of South Carolina Living magazine has been mailed so it will be in the hands of members in plenty of time for the Annual Meeting of Members, which is schedule for Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

In addition to the usual 6 pages of local content found on pages 4 and 5, as well as pages 20 A – D, the magazine features an exterior wrap that highlights all the information members need to know to get ready for and participate in the Annual Meeting of Members.

Horry Electric local content in the May edition includes:

  • CEO Column – The countdown is ON – details; we need you there.
  • Official notice and additional details, including the program
  • Horry Electric Financial View, includes comparative statistics
  • Horry Electric Board of Trustees, District Map and Statement of Nondiscrimination
  • 2016 Trustee Candidates
  • Proposed bylaw change






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!