Category Archives: SC Living

TRUST BOARD GIVES HAMPTON COUNTY FIRE-RESCUE 11 IPADS

Chief Greg Cook agrees that a recent gift to the Hampton County Fire- Rescue is potentially “the gift of life” for residents facing emergencies.

The department received not blood but something almost as vital when time is tight and lives are on the line—11 iPads for use in department vehicles responding to emergency calls. The gift is possible thanks in part to co-op members who participate in Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up program. More specifically, the gift is courtesy of the volunteer Trust Board that administers the program, known as the Palmetto Electric Trust (PET). The Trust Board donated the iPads to Hampton County Fire-Rescue this summer.

Chief Cook says the gift is right on time. The department’s dispatch center has been implementing a new CAD (computer-aided dispatch) system, which is now tied into the iPads, he notes.

“It has incident reporting software,” Cook says. “With our old system, we’d have to call in (on the radio) to get any information on the report. With the new system, we’ll actually be able to get the information to the iPads on the trucks as the dispatcher puts it in.”

The chief says, “This is a huge help to Hampton County. Our department’s total budget is $591,000 to cover all the fire truck repairs, everything. Eighty-nine percent of our budget is from taxes. Six percent is from fines and fees. Thirty four percent is for salaries and benefits for our eight paid employees.” The department, which still has volunteers, he notes, covers 560 square miles.

Operation Round Up at Palmetto Electric Cooperative is administered by the Palmetto Electric Trust (PET), a volunteer board of community servants, including Cook, who has served for more than three years.

Operation Round Up gives Palmetto members an easy way to make a big difference with little more than spare change. The co-op rounds up the bills of participating members to the next-highest dollar each month. The average consumer will contribute only about six dollars a year. Operation Round Up funds stay right here in Hampton, Jasper and southern Beaufort counties. Last year more than $513,000 was granted to individuals in need, as well as community service organizations, scholarships and local teachers with inspiring Bright Ideas projects.

Why do we do this? Because Palmetto Electric, as a cooperative business, operates by the Cooperative Principles, which include Concern for Community. We celebrate National Co-op Month each October.

Displaying their iPads are Hampton County Fire-Rescue personnel (from left) C.J. Sauls,
Michael Grovenstein, Dakota Smith, Brenna Hancock, Chief Greg Cook, Kevin Long,
Wayne Nissley and Jesse Gifford.

STUDENTS GLIMPSE FUTURE OF COOPERATIVES

Fifty-six high school students from across the state returned to school this fall with a better understanding of how electric cooperatives are preparing for the future. Palmetto Electric co-sponsored the Cooperative Youth Summit in July, giving local high school seniors Byron DuBose, Isabel Muehleman, Bethany Neville, Abby Smith and Keandra Warren a chance to tourContinue Reading

PALMETTO AREA STUDENTS GO TO D.C.

South Carolina’s Washington Youth Tour delegates, including five students from Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s service area, had a whirlwind week of touring, meeting and eating their way through the nation’s capital in June. Rising seniors Kelsey Darien from Ridgeland-Hardeeville High, Victoria Etheridge from John Paul II Catholic School and Isabel Muehleman from Hilton Head Island HighContinue Reading

AT ANNUAL MEETING, CO-OP SHOWS ITS SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS

Students were front and center at Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s 2018 Annual Meeting, with announcements of local youth receiving scholarships and educational opportunities from the co-op. Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE), a community outreach organization affiliated with the co-op, presented three scholarships: Alexa Jobst from May River High School, Isabel Noriega from Ridgeland-Hardeeville High SchoolContinue Reading

SERG RESTAURANTS OFFER DISCOUNT

SERG Restaurant Group believes in creating a totally satisfying and memorable dining experience for every guest, every time by maintaining a commitment to excellence. Now you can use your Co-op Connections card for at 10 percent discount (on food only) at any of the 12 SERG restaurants, including the newest, the Skull Creek Dockside WaterfrontContinue Reading

SAVING YOU OVER 43 MILLION!

Members of Palmetto Electric pocketed $156,465.93 in Rx savings during 2017 by using their Co-op Connections discount card when they purchased prescriptions. By mid-March, members will have saved more than $3,054,000 since Palmetto introduced Co-op Connections in 2009. That’s a projection based on monthly savings tracked by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, the nationwide alliance that coordinatesContinue Reading

WIRE’S GIFTS HELP HOMELESS STUDENTS

TEN DOZEN HOMELESS students around South Carolina will find life a little easier, thanks to members of Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE). Members from WIRE chapters affiliated with Palmetto Electric and other cooperatives across the state came together in Greenville on Tuesday, December 5 to put together bags of supplies for homeless youth. EachContinue Reading

CO-OP JOINS NATIONAL INITIATIVE TO EXPLORE ENERGY STORAGE OPTIONS

PALMETTO ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE is joining the Community Storage Initiative, a national effort to solve the challenge of energy storage with technologies and resources that are already available. For decades, the electricity industry has been researching energy-storage technologies, such as utility-scale batteries, that can stockpile electricity for later use. As the industry develops renewable energy resources,Continue Reading