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Celebrating commitment to community

I THINK WE can all agree that this year’s Annual Meeting was far from normal. While I certainly missed the opportunity to visit with all of you, I want to sincerely thank the 4,639 members who made the drive-thru registration and voting a success.

Drive-thru registration and voting was held Oct. 8-10 at our Ridgeland office.  Members were able to drive through, register and cast a vote for proposed bylaw changes and a voting district question. Palmetto employees were on hand to distribute registration gifts and assist members with any questions. Traffic flowed smoothly, and we were thrilled to see so many of you.   The votes were overwhelmingly in favor of both the bylaw changes and the existing means of electing directors.

Commitment to Community was the resounding theme of this year’s meeting, as we focused not only on past outreach efforts, but also what we will do for our members going forward. If you were not able to watch the business meeting online, here are some highlights from the 2019 Annual Report:

  • We have neared completion of a 15-year line-burial project on Hilton Head Island that saw the removal of more than 3,000 overhead utility poles.
  • We focused on safety initiatives for both employees and members. Palmetto Electric hosted Safety Days programs for more than 250 children in Ridgeland, Hampton and Hilton Head and was a winner of the 2019 President’s Safety Contest for our extraordinary efforts in the prevention of injuries and related loss.
  • The Operation Round Up (ORU) program celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019. Since its inception in 1989, Palmetto Electric Trust has contributed more than $8 million in ORU grants in Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties, assisting individuals and organizations with food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and education needs. More than 327 electric cooperatives nationwide have adopted the program.
  • Four directors were elected to serve on the co-op board: Incumbents C. Alex Ulmer (Beaufort County, Position 3), Carolyn Grant (Beaufort County, Position 6), Gregory Cook (Hampton County, Position 3) and Dr. Earl Bostick (Jasper County, Position 3) all ran unopposed. Board officers re-elected included Jeremiah E. Vaigneur, chairman; C. Alex Ulmer, vice chairman; and Eunice F. Spilliards, secretary-treasurer.

No matter the circumstances, Palmetto Electric remains committed to our mission of service. Thank you to all our members for making our success possible.

Co-op awards 50 teachers $44,875 in Bright Ideas grants

2020 has been filled with challenges and change for all of us, especially our local teachers.  Whether teaching virtually or in-person, teachers have been forced to get creative with how they reach their students, and they need our support now, more than ever! Recognizing innovation in creative classroom projects is the focus of Palmetto Electric’sContinue Reading

Co-op shows its support for local students

As an electric cooperative, Palmetto Electric is committed to the communities we serve. Education is a vital part of our members’ lives, and we understand the importance of supporting tomorrow’s leaders. Palmetto Electric offers several scholarships and educational opportunities to students throughout our service area. In years past, scholarship winners have been recognized, in-person, at the Annual Meeting. Although we wereContinue Reading

Sign up for Beat The Peak. You could win $500.

IF YOU HAVEN’T already joined the movement, now is the time.  Approximately 45,000 co-op members from across South Carolina are helping Beat the Peak and reduce wholesale power costs. According to a recent impact study, the innovative program in which cooperative members across the state reduce their energy consumption at strategic times has saved SouthContinue Reading

Facing the storms ahead

AS WE HEAD INTO the heart of the 2020 hurricane season, it feels as if we have already weathered our share of “storms” this year. From the EF-4 tornado that devastated Hampton County in April, to the COVID-19 crisis, we have faced many challenges in 2020. It is my hope that you, our members, knowContinue Reading

Voting procedures for Annual Meeting

Due to the uncertainty of the current COVID-19 pandemic and with the health and safety of our members and employees in mind, Palmetto Electric has made changes to the format of the 2020 Annual Meeting. MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE to register and vote October 8-10.  Here’s what you need to know: Drive-thru voting and registration willContinue Reading

Podcast earns Hilton Head teen $5,000 scholarship

We have a winner!!! A HUGE congratulations to Mackenzie Starnes, Palmetto Electric’s Virtual Youth Experience representative from Hilton Head Island High School, on being part of the winning team for the Virtual Youth Experience Podcast Competition!  Mackenzie, along with her teammates, will receive a $5,000 college scholarship!!! Starnes was part of a three-person creative teamContinue Reading

Virtual Safety Days Program, July 14-16

Due to COVID-19, Palmetto Electric Cooperative will not host its annual Safety Days programs in July.  But Linny still wants to show kids how to “Play it Safe!” We encourage all children to join us, July 14-16, online at or on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube where we will show daily activities and safety videos.

Local students participate in Virtual Youth Experience

Local students participate in Virtual Youth Experience Congratulations to the six high school sophomores and juniors chosen to represent Palmetto Electric Cooperative on the 2020 Washington Youth Tour (WYT) and Cooperative Youth Summit (CYS). Although these students were not physically able to go to Washington D.C. or Columbia due to COVID-19 restrictions, they did haveContinue Reading

Powering plaid traditions the green way

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – For 12 years, the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing has teamed up with Palmetto Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper to power the state’s largest sporting event with 100% homegrown, environmentally sound Green Power. The emergence of public health concerns related to COVID-19 delayed this year’s tournament. After some adjustments toContinue Reading