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

annual meeting statistics

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!

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.