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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 horryelectric.com 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. 

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!

February edition of South Carolina Living is available NOW

The February 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 available online.

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Horry Electric’s  new Beat the Peak program is featured in the February edition of the magazine.

Horry Electric local highlights include:

  • CEO Column – Managing energy costs; New program helps all members save money
  • YOU can help Beat the Peak
  • Horry Extra – Update on prescription savings through Co-op Connections
  • If meters could talk
  • Energy Star Buyers Guide – Purchasing Energy Star-certified appliances and electronics is a great way to save energy in your home!
  • You’ve never had so many convenient ways to pay your co-op bill! 

You Can Help Beat the Peak!

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Starting today, members of Horry Electric Cooperative can sign up to receive alerts asking them to reduce their energy use during times of peak demand for electricity. 

“The co-op has been managing peak demand on the system for many years,” says James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO for Horry Electric. “We regularly track energy use on the system and go into what we call ‘load control’ when the peak demand for electricity hits.”

“Think of it as rush hour for electricity,” says Penelope Hinson, spokesperson for Horry Electric. “There are times in the day when you know traffic is going to be bad as people rush to work or school in the mornings and then rush home at the end of the day,” she continues. “To save time, gasoline and sometimes aggravation, it’s best to avoid being on the road  during those times if you can arrange your schedule to travel during other times of the day.”

“It’s pretty much the same for energy use,” says Hinson.  “There are times of the day in summer and winter when people are going to be doing tasks that increase energy use on the system.”  The usual peak times for energy use are 6-9 a.m. in the winter and 3-8 p.m. in the summer.

Horry Electric has been managing peak demand for many years through voltage reduction. “On top of that, we have 5,501 members participating in our water heater load management programs,” says Howle. “Through those programs alone, we’re able to shave over 2,200 kilowatts of peak load per peak incident during summer months and over 3,800 kilowatts of load per peak incident during winter months.”

“With member participation in the Beat the Peak program, we can have an even bigger impact on controlling load and avoiding peak demand,” says Reed Cooper, manager of engineering. “When members receive the alerts, all we’re asking them to do is shift energy consumption from times when demand for electricity is highest.”

When demand for electricity rises, so do the costs. “When the cooperative purchases large amounts of energy during peak periods over the course of a year, it puts upward pressure on the electricity rates the co-op and our members pay,” says Howle. “By ‘beating the peak’, we can all save a significant amount of money by keeping wholesale power costs low and stable.”

How you can help

It’s easy.  Sign up to participate in the Beat the Peak program to receive alerts by text message, email or phone.  “When you get an alert, make a conscious effort to shift energy use to other times of the day,” says Cooper, adding that the purpose of the effort isn’t to stop using individual appliances altogether, just use them during times when the demand for electricity is not high.

“Shifting energy use to different hours of the day will help hold down everyone’s costs,” says Howle. “If we can work together, it’s a win-win for all members and the co-op.”

Ready to help?  Sign up here and don’t miss out on the video, which explains the program, at the top of the sign-up page.

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Beat the Peak is an initiative intended to introduce members to the concept of ‘peak demand’ periods and why those particular times are important to their electric cooperative.

 

April edition of South Carolina Living available online

Thorryaprilcoverhe April 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers mid-month, but you can view our local content online now!

 HEC local highlights include:

  • CEO Column  It’s that time of year – Annual Meeting 2015 is next month
  • 37th Rural Lady of the Year:  Frances Strickland
  • 2015 Annual Meeting parking/registration location diagram
  • Co-op Connections Card program feature:  Waccamaw River Rentals
  • Green Power – Meet the stars of Team Green
  • Capital Credits – Co-op returning $2.6 million in capital credits to members

March edition of South Carolina Living available online

The March 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will soon be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers,  but you can view it online NOW!horrymarchcover

 HEC local highlights include:

  • CEO Column  Working hard, working smart: Linemen are geared up for safety and equipped with know-how
  • HEC hosting free workshop for K-12 STEM teachers March 21
  • HorryElectric.com has new look
  • Teachers, let’s see how creative you can be!  Bright Ideas deadline is June 1
  • Watching for wildfires – a 30,000 acre blaze in 1976 set the Horry County record
  • Rising deductible plans an opportunity for  Co-op Connections® cardholders – always present both your insurance card and discount card to find the lowest price because every dollar counts
  • Co-op Connections® can benefit golfers
  • Got spring fever?  Remember to ‘look up and around’ before planting– tips for landscaping around overhead and underground electric equipment