2017 Youth Tour Representatives Selected

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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 youthtour.coop.

 

COMMUNITY SOLAR IS NOW AVAILABLE!

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 horryelectric.com

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

SPECIAL OFFER TO THE FIRST 100 MEMBERS TO SIGN UP TO PARTICIPATE! 

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. 

March edition of SCL features Community Solar

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

Horry Electric local highlights include:

  • CEO Column – The benefits of Community Solar
  • Horry News – Operation Round Up update; Looking for teachers for Bright Ideas and Unclaimed Capital Credits posted online
  • Horry Extra – Call before you dig and Right-of-way Map
  • Community Solar – It’s here!

How much does it cost to light a typical home?

relinfo01Lighting accounts for 6% of the total energy use in the average home in the United States and costs between $50 and $150 per year in electricity.

That’s not as much money as it takes to operate a heating and cooling system, but it is enough to make some energy efficiency modifications.

Lighting is a visible energy user, so it’s a great place to start teaching kids to be mindful of wasting energy.

Lighting Tips

There are several simple things you can do to keep lighting costs to a minimum.

  • Avoid wasting lighting energy by turning off lights when they aren’t needed.
  • Fluorescent lighting is much more economical than incandescent lighting. It produces about four times more light with the same amount of energy and lamps last 10 to 15 times longer.
  • Compact fluorescents allow you to use fluorescent lighting in places you never could before. Begin replacing your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents wherever practical.
  • Install occupancy sensors so lights go off automatically in unoccupied rooms.

For more information, visit horryelectric.com and spend some time in our Home Energy Library. 

 

 

Youth Tour application deadline for high school juniors extended to March 3!

youthtourlogo2013Chance of a lifetime for high school juniors! 

If you are a high school junior living in Horry County, then you’re qualified to apply for a chance to take part in a five-day, expense-paid trip to the nation’s capital on the 2017 Washington Youth Tour!

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE! 

Winners of Horry Electric Cooperative’s local Youth Tour competition will join students from around the state and nation June 10-15. They’ll tour historic sites, learn about our nation’s government and have lots of fun shopping, dining out, seeing a play and cruising the Potomac at sunset.

Nearly 1,500 students take part each year and four of them are there representing Horry Electric Cooperative.  A quiz and personal interview are part of the selection process. Study materials are sent to nominated students in advance of the date scheduled for the selection process.

Grade point averages are not a consideration. Two alternates will be selected in the event any of the winners are unable to participate.  Applications, made available to guidance counselors earlier this year, are also available online at horryelectric.com.  You can also contact Horry Electric’s Youth Tour Coordinator, Toni Gore via email  (toni.gore@horryelectric.com) or by calling 369-6359.

To find out more about this exciting chance of a lifetime for high school juniors, visit horryelectric.com or youthtour.coop.

PLEASE NOTE: YOUTH TOUR 2017 is unfortunately scheduled for the same time as Palmetto Girls State and Palmetto Boys State, which are scheduled for June 11-17. 

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 youthtour.coop.

Youth tour applications for students – High School Juniors ONLY – MATERIALS WERE MADE AVAILABLE TO HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELORS IN JANUARY. If your counselor no longer has the information, please call Toni Gore, youth tour coördinator for Horry Electric,  at (843) 369-2211.

HEC announces opportunity for teachers in Horry County

Horry Electric Cooperative is calling for applications for Bright Ideas, a grant program that provides funding for innovative classroom-based education projects. The deadline for applications is June 2.

“Bright Ideas” grants are intended to fund projects outside normal public school funding parameters and can be made available to all disciplines in grades K-12 in Horry County. A school may submit an application and teachers are limited to one application per year.

Bright Ideas Application 2017

For more information and details, visit horryelectric.com or contact  Toni Gore  via email or by phone at 843. 369.2211.

National Survey on The Cooperative Difference began today

911557_10151464718889480_884162178_nOn an annual basis, Horry Electric Cooperative joins together with sister cooperatives across the country to participate in the National Survey on The Cooperative Difference. “The feedback from our members who may be contacted to participate in the survey is critical to helping us improve service to all of our members,” says Penelope Hinson, manager of public relations, marketing and energy management for the cooperative.  Past survey results have been used by staff and the board of trustees for short-term and long-term strategic planning purposes. “We take the feedback to heart,” says Hinson. “It’s not just research that lands on a shelf to collect dust.”

The survey, which is conducted by phone, lasts no more than 12-14 minutes.  The telephone interviewers identify themselves as calling on behalf of Horry Electric Cooperative. “We’re once again working with Bellomy Research of Winston-Salem, N.C. on the survey,” says Hinson. “The company uses the words “Opinion Counts” as their Caller ID code”.  All survey calls from our data collection center originate from area code 336. Overall, more than 20,000 rural electric cooperative members are called nationwide during the survey.

“If you are one of the recipients of a survey call, please know that it provides us with valuable information about your beliefs and values related to our cooperative,” says James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO of Horry Electric. “That feedback is critical to our mission as you local electric cooperative.”

TSE Services, in coordination with Horry Electric Cooperative and Touchstone Energy, initiated the survey more than a decade ago to better understand how different generations and segments of electric cooperative members view their electric provider and how cooperatives can better communicate the value of cooperative membership.

This year, about 50 rural electric cooperatives from across the country are participating in the study. Survey results will assist Horry Electric  with:

  • Identifying overall satisfaction and value propositions by member segment
  • Measuring impact of member and community engagement activities
  • Determining the strength of the relationship between members and the co-op
  • Examining uses of new technology (smart phones, tablet computers)
  • Evaluating member communications preferences

The National Survey on the Cooperative Difference phone interviews for members of Horry Electric began today and will continue over the next several days. The calls are made primarily during weeknights from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Weekend calling will be limited to Saturday.  No Sunday phone calls are permitted for this study.

 

Questions?  Call 843.369.2211