September edition of SC Living online now!

The September 2018 edition of South Carolina Living magazine won’t be delivered to mailboxes until mid-month, but you can get a jump on the content by viewing it online!


The main part of South Carolina Living magazine, which can also be found online includes the usual recipes, a list of festivals and events, plus a few feature articles about interesting people and places in our own state! Be sure to read about the Hunley team unveiling a 1,000-pound clue! 

The Horry Electric September 2018 edition has six pages dedicated to local news about your co-op. Highlights include:

  • CEO column – Teaching kids a lesson – in energy efficiency
  • HEC News: Sign up for Beat the Peak; HEC’s ‘veteran’ board members, plus other notices
  • Horry Extra:  This 3-page spread features the Cooperative Youth Summit, which took place in Columbia this summer. Horry Electric was represented by four students.
  • EnlightenSC education course, co-sponsored by Horry Electric and sister cooperatives in South Carolina helps educators earn graduate level credits.  Twenty-three educators took advantage of the program this summer.

July and August editions of South Carolina Living are online!

The July and August editions of South Carolina are both available online.

In case you missed it, the July edition features a message from Pat Howle, executive vice president and CEO of Horry Electric, about the Cooperative Difference.  horry july 2018 coverFrom the folks who represent members on the board of trustees all the way through to the employees who work the power lines and the ones who work the phone lines, the relationship the cooperative has with members is fundamental to our core business. It is as important as the quality of service we provide.

Other highlights include an update on the Operation RoundUp program and reminders about Surge Guard and both water heater programs; H2O Select and H2O Load Management.

HORRY AUGUST COVER 2018The August edition of the magazine will soon be delivered to mailboxes of members who opt to get news from the Cooperative.

  • CEO column – The Cooperative Advantage; it’s not just a slogan, it’s real – just as genuine as our employees
  • Teacher: Youth Tour an investment in our future – Brianne Heinz, a North Myrtle Beach teacher, shares  her experience
  • While Santee Cooper’s fate is considered, co-ops still looking out for members
  • Co-op Connections Feature – Lawn service ‘fueled’ by co-op power. Quiet Lawn uses all electric equipment
  • HORRY EXTRA: Local People. Serving You.  The first in a series that focuses on employees and their work groups. You’ll meet Charlie Tindal, staking technician, who works in the Overhead Conversion/Right-of-Way area of the Cooperative. Check out the video that highlights his special musical talents!
  • Beat the Peak, Bank Draft and Advance Pay program reminders

The cooperative difference

Note:  James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO of Horry Electric, shared his thoughts about the sense of pride we all feel on July 4th and the one he hopes we all feel for our cooperative in his column in the July 2018 edition of South Carolina Living magazine.

annual meeting colorIt’s all about relationships

No other day of the year inspires quite the sense of patriotism as Independence Day. From the annual F-16 and vintage military aircraft Salute from the Shore along the Grand Strand to the local parades, the family picnics and neighborhood gatherings, all the way through to the grand finale of the fireworks displays, you can’t help but feel a swell of pride.

Even when the fireworks fade, the spark of patriotism lingers in our hearts and minds. I hope you feel that same kind of pride about your cooperative. After all, you are a member and that makes all the difference.

Many businesses use the word “member” to describe their customers. Businesses like  Sam’s Club or Costco or even American Express use the word to give customers a sense of belonging. You pay a fee to buy their goods or services, but that is really all you get out of the “membership.” You have no right to vote for representatives on the Board of Trustees or the chance to participate in the business in a meaningful way.

We are connected

Co-ops of all types are founded on seven cooperative principles that give us guidance and strategic direction. If we do it right, a strong relationship is established between the co-op and its members.

We want to get it right. Our relationship with you is as important to us as the quality of electric service we provide. It is fundamental to our core business.

We are connected to our members in a variety of ways. There is a business relationship that serves you (the member) and the co-op. Since we are solely owned by people in the
community, we have a mutual interest to ensure that members, the co-op and our community do well and prosper.

Our professional relationship makes research, education and training critical functions for the employees, trustees and management team at Horry Electric. We are accountable to our members. Falling short in any of these three areas is unacceptable.

Communication is key

In our personal relationship with our members, communication is key. As an owner of the co-op, you have a right to know how it operates and how decisions are made that directly impact you.
One of the best ways to keep up with what is going on is doing exactly what you’re doing now–reading South Carolina Living magazine. We also have a web site members can access, plus a few social media channels to share news and information.

Being open and transparent in our communications and conducting business with integrity and fairness builds trust. We know we have to earn that trust every single day.

Powerful human connection

Most of you know our history. We’ve been rooted in this community for more than 75 years. Our business model is solid, and our success can be attributed to the human factor.

It takes all of us: the employees, the management team, the board of trustees, the members and our community to make sure the principles and values we share do not
fade over time. You get electric service from us, but we get our power from you – our members!

Don’t forget, June edition of South Carolina Living is online!

The June edition of South Carolina Living magazine was delivered to mailboxes earlier this month.  It is packed with news and information for electric cooperative members!HORRY JUNE COVER 2018

Horry Electric’s local content for the June edition  includes:

  • CEO Message: In case you missed it- Annual Meeting re-cap
  • 2018 Youth Tour and Cooperative Youth Summit update
  • Reminders for members – It’s hurricane season – Do you have special needs? and Include us in your plans
  • Operation Round Up update
  • Restoring service after a storm – what you need to know
  • Be Like Bert – Burgess Community Clean-up honors an old friend, who was also an employee at Horry Electric
  • HEC Youth Tour Representative talks about her experience

Annual Meeting 2018 recap

annual meeting colorANNUAL MEETING 2018 was a huge success. Our bylaws require a quorum—equal to 5 percent of the membership—in order to conduct an official business meeting. The number of members required for quorum at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Members was 3,218. Registration opened at noon and, by 2:20 p.m., we hit our quorum requirement. When registration closed at 7 p.m., a total of 6,529 members had passed through the registration lines and received their $20 electric bill credit.

In 2017, our total membership registration was 6,053. Attendance was higher this year and we exceeded our quorum requirement.


Trustees re-elected

The meeting agenda included the election of three trustee candidates, who are also members of the cooperative, to serve on the board of trustees for a three-year term. Bobby Jordan (District 2) and Frankie Blanton (District 4) and Henry Boyd (District 6) all ran unopposed. They were re-elected by acclamation during the business meeting.

The board of trustees held a brief meeting following the adjournment of the Annual Meeting of Members to elect officers. Johnny M. Shelley remains as president, with Eugene Harriott Jr. as vice president and Ashley Anderson as secretary/treasurer.

Gearing up for next year

We already have the date for the 2019 Annual Meeting set, and the plans are in progress. Please mark your calendars now for Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Co-op returning $3.2 million in capital credits to members

Not 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 1997, 1998 and 2017.

The allowable retirement this year is $3,778,431.81 less $500,000 in estate payments. The total amount being distributed is $3,278,431.81, which includes the $1,416,543.66 balance of 1997; the $1,561,888.15 balance of 1998 and $300,000 of 2017. If you were a member in 2017, you will receive 1.9% of your 2017 assignment. If you were a member in 1997 and/or 1998, 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 $100 will see a credit on their electric bill.

All refunds below $100 will be credited to the accounts of eligible active members when the account bills in April. 

Members can calculate the approximate amount of their 2017 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 2018 distribution


April edition of South Carolina Living is online NOW

The April edition of South Carolina Living magazine is packed with news and information for electric cooperative members!horry april 2018 cover

Horry Electric’s local content for the April  edition  includes:

  • CEO Message: Don’t miss the 2018 Annual Meeting
  • Annual Meeting Map and Beat the Peak promo
  • 40th Rural Lady of the Year Honored
  • H2O Select and H2O Load Management programs
  • How to be energy-efficient in humid climates
  • Horry Electric Approved Electricians, HVAC Contractors, Plumbers
  • Co-op Returning $3.2 million in capital credits