Category Archives: CEO Letter

A thank you to legislators

THERE ARE A lot of people that contribute to serving the members of Palmetto Electric Cooperative. In the past and especially over the last two years, our cooperative has benefitted significantly from our local legislators in Columbia and those representing us in Washington, D.C. They understand our mission to provide competitively priced, reliable energy and innovative related services to our members and to provide leadership and support to the communities we serve.

Many of our state leaders showed their commitment to cooperatives and local youth by participating in last year’s Virtual Youth Experience. Last June, U.S. Senators Lindsay Graham and Tim Scott, as well as U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn and Gov. Henry McMaster discussed the day’s issues with teens selected by South Carolina cooperatives during the week-long web conference, which will be repeated this summer. We are appreciative of all these elected leaders, because we know they hear us when we’re speaking up for you.

Every time a new Congress convenes or our state legislature gavels in a new session, electric cooperatives have the opportunity to educate policymakers on issues that matter most to our members and the communities we serve. In just the last few years, members of your local legislative delegation and the General Assembly have listened as we spoke on your behalf regarding cooperative governance and transparency, rural broadband access, consumer protections for solar buyers and wholesale power costs.

The voice of South Carolina cooperatives is also valued by our U.S. senators and representatives on Capitol Hill. New legislative sessions have begun in 2021, and this issue of South Carolina Living is your guide to the men and women that represent you in Columbia and Washington, D.C. I would encourage you to make note of those, listed below, who represent our service area. We appreciate all they do!

State legislators who represent Palmetto Electric members

S.C. Senate

  • Sen. Brad Hutto: Dist. 40, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Orangeburg counties
  • Sen. George E. “Chip” Campsen, III: Dist. 43, Beaufort, Charleston and Colleton counties
  • Sen. Margie Bright Matthews: Dist. 45, Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties
  • Sen. Tom Davis: Dist. 46, Beaufort and Jasper counties

S.C. House of Representatives 

  • Rep. William G. “Bill” Herbkersman: Dist. 118, Beaufort and Jasper counties
  • Rep. Wm. Weston J. Newton: Dist. 120, Beaufort and Jasper counties
  • Rep. Michael F. Rivers, Sr.: Dist. 121, Beaufort and Colleton counties
  • Rep. Shedron D. Williams: Dist. 122, Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties
  • Rep. Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Bradley: Dist. 123, Beaufort county
  • Rep. Shannon S. Erickson: Dist. 124, Beaufort county

New normal, new Annual Meeting

For the past eighty years, Palmetto Electric members have come together for the cooperative’s Annual Meeting.  It is the most important event for our cooperative each year—a time for members, employees and cooperative leadership to gather and discuss the business of our cooperative. As you already know, this year’s Annual Meeting was postponed due toContinue Reading

The power to make a difference

SUMMERTIME IS officially here. Normally, by this time of year, our beautiful piece of South Carolina’s Lowcountry has been bustling with tourists for months. However, this year has looked a bit different due to COVID-19. In the spring, businesses throughout our service area were forced to close due to COVID-19 restrictions, leading many laid offContinue Reading

To the factor of cooperation

1 great idea x 30 years x 327 co-ops nationwide Let’s call it the Co-op Multiplication Factor. That’s when you take one great idea, multiply it by 327 electric cooperatives and carry the benefits forward for 30 years. In 1989, Palmetto Electric had a bright idea, Operation Round Up. The brainchild of my predecessor, formerContinue Reading

Powering our communities

I AM PROUD that Palmetto Electric Cooperative has taken an active, leadership role in fostering economic development and progress for Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties. We work together and even serve as representatives to our regional and local economic development organizations, as well as statewide groups like the SC Power Team and the State DepartmentContinue Reading


Helping you stay safe before, during and after the storm LIVING IN THE LOWCOUNTRY, we know that dangerous storms can occur at any time, especially during hurricane season. As we head into the heart of the 2019 hurricane season, you can take comfort in knowing that Palmetto Electric is hoping for the best, but alwaysContinue Reading


CHANGE COMES whether we are ready or not. Sometimes we’re given a little time to adjust.  Other times we just have to make do as we work through unexpected challenges. Lately, your co-op’s leadership has been dealing with both situations. One of our long-time directors, Jimmie D. McMillan of Hampton County, in June announced hisContinue Reading


BECAUSE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES are owned by their members, we strive to be a vital part of the communities we serve.   Concern for Community is one of the Seven Cooperative Principles that we take very seriously here at Palmetto Electric. Because of our members’ generosity, we are able to show our concern for community through programsContinue Reading


THANK YOU to the 3,989 members who braved the weather and attended our Annual Meeting, Saturday, May 4 at our Ridgeland office.  It is always my pleasure to visit with you and discuss the current condition of your cooperative.  Accountability and the cooperative difference was the resounding theme of this year’s meeting.  If you weren’tContinue Reading


As Palmetto Electric’s mission clearly states, we are committed to delivering reliable energy and innovative related services to our members. In order to do this, we continue to make improvements and additions to our electrical system as the need arises. On December 18, 2018, a new distribution substation was energized in Jasper County. Distribution substationsContinue Reading