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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, former CEO G. Thomas Upshaw, it’s ingenious in its simplicity: Operation Round Up is based on the idea that small change changes lives when you factor in the power of cooperation.

Currently, almost 85 percent of Palmetto’s 75,000 members allow us to round up their electric bills to the next dollar. A volunteer board administers the funds, aiding folks in need and worthy local efforts. Since ’89, the Palmetto Electric Trust has granted $7.8 million in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties.

Based on that figure, just imagine how much good the other 326 co-ops with Operation Round Up programs have done! We don’t track or control what they do. We just share, free of charge, the name along with advice on running an Operation Round Up program. That’s the cooperative way.

Since 2004, Operation Round Up has helped fund another great co-op program, Bright Ideas, which provides grants for innovative teacher projects.

Now, Bright Ideas wasn’t Palmetto’s idea. It came from a North Carolina co-op. Like Operation Round Up, Bright Ideas has been adopted across America. That’s the power of cooperation. Good things happen when people share.

If you don’t already support Operation Round Up, call us today. Your one act of kindness will be multiplied by 63,000 fellow members—that is, to the factor of cooperation, Palmetto Electric style.

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

COMMUNICATION IS KEY

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

RECOGNIZING 65 YEARS OF SERVICE

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

SMALL CHANGE IS STILL CHANGING LIVES

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

CELEBRATING THE COOPERATIVE DIFFERENCE

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

INNOVATION AND PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE

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

PUTTING IT ALL ON THE LINE

IMAGINE WAKING UP to a phone call in the middle of the night. Rain is pouring and wind is howling, but you’re ready to brave the storm and do your job. This is the reality lineworkers who serve Palmetto Electric and other cooperatives face on a regular basis. While we appreciate our extraordinary lineworkers everyContinue Reading

NEW DATE SET FOR MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE SHOOTOUT

AS SPRING APPROACHES, this time of year brings with it warmer weather, longer days and plenty of time for outdoor activities.  One of the most popular outdoor activities in our area, golf, is now in full swing as we prepare for upcoming events like the RBC Heritage Presented By Boeing and the 17th Annual TouchstoneContinue Reading

WELCOME BACK, LOCAL LEGISLATORS!

THANKS to our local state lawmakers for their support of Palmetto Electric Cooperative and its members!  Every other year, as the Legislature begins a new session, we’re proud to present this special Legislative Guide. We’re always in close contact with these elected offcials as we look out for you. This month’s South Carolina Living magazineContinue Reading