Category Archives: CEO Letter

AT PALMETTO ELECTRIC, WE LIVE UNITED

Since its inception 78 years ago, Palmetto Electric has improved the quality of life in the communities we serve.
Reliable, affordable electricity is, after all, the proverbial “rising tide that lifts all boats.”

And, since we’re all in the boat together, it makes sense for Palmetto to support the United Way of the Lowcountry (UWL). Your co-op and its employees have once again made a significant contribution to the UWL Annual Campaign. Proving that we Live United, as the United Way slogan goes, we increased our overall gift by two percent this year, contributing more than $34,000 to the 2017-18 campaign.

As a cooperative–meaning you, the members of Palmetto Electric and us, the employees of your co-op–we all help ourselves when we help the UWL. The UWL believes that everyone is entitled to basic needs, a quality education, a family-sustaining income and good health–that is, a good quality of life. Visit uwlowcountry.org to learn other ways you can help the UWL meet its goal to raise $2.53 million.

This time each year we also report on another way the cooperative way benefits our community. Below is the annual report from the volunteer Palmetto Electric Trust (PET) board, which administers Palmetto Electric’s Operation Round Up program. As you can see, the trust gave more than $513,000 in local grants last year.

Impressively, that sum came from relatively small donations–approximately $6 per year, per member–from participating Operation Round Up members. Yes, small change can make a big difference.

Thanks to those who support Operation Round Up and thanks, too, to the United Way of the Lowcountry for supporting a stronger community.

Palmetto Electric Trust (PET) Grants awarded in 2017.

ISLAND SERVICE 87 PERCENT ‘OUT OF SIGHT’

BY THE NUMBERS, our project to remove co-op overhead power lines and poles on Hilton Head Island is going well. As of mid-November, we are now 87 percent complete and on budget. Speaking of numbers, here are a few other noteworthy stats. So far, we’ve had: 2,418 poles and 1,085 overhead transformers removed, 1,405 servicesContinue Reading

THANKFUL TO SERVE YOU

  Thankful to serve you Customer – make that, member – satisfaction at highest level ever Palmetto Electric Cooperative has scored 91 in customer satisfaction, topping a previous co-op record of 90 established last year, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Your cooperative is in the top one percent of all ACSI-participating co-opsContinue Reading

HIGH SEASON FOR SCAMMERS

They’re as seasonal as summer but always a bummer. We’re talking about scammers. Sadly, each summer scammers prey on our members. In July, we alerted members via social media that bad guys, misrepresenting themselves as Palmetto Electric employees, were calling our members, threatening to disconnect power if a payment was not made that day. InContinue Reading

THE BEST JOB EVER — GIVING BACK

THANK YOU for the best job in the world – working for you, Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s members. I appreciate you letting me do what I get to do. And that includes putting into practice the Cooperative Principle of Concern for Community. One way is through Operation Round Up, a local community outreach effort that PalmettoContinue Reading

CELEBRATING THE POWER OF TEAMWORK

IT WAS GREAT to see all 4,829 members who attended our Annual Meeting May 6. Sunny skies and warm temperatures made for the perfect day to gather together and discuss the condition of your Cooperative. For those who couldn’t attend, allow me to recap some of the meeting’s highlights: Four Directors were elected to serveContinue Reading

THE BRIGHT STUFF — AT THE RIGHT TIME

MAKING SOLAR ENERGY more accessible for all our members, Palmetto Electric Cooperative was excited to dedicate the area’s first community solar farm adjacent to our New River office in Hardeeville at a March 31 event. We actually have two community farms, including another one at our Ridgeland office. Construction for both began in December 2016Continue Reading

LIVES ON THE LINE

Use #ThankALineman on social media to show your support EVERY YEAR, we take the time to thank our extraordinary lineworkers who dedicate their lives to keeping the lights on in our local communities. Forty-five lineworkers maintain 3,279 miles of line in Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s service territory, and without them, our world would be dark. WeContinue Reading