A new year with new opportunity

AS WE WELCOME a new year, Palmetto Electric is ready to continue our efforts of working closely with our elected officials, both in Columbia and Washington.

It is true that with each new year comes new challenges. However, we believe that with challenges also come opportunities. No matter the issues that we may face, our mission will always remain the same: To provide competitively priced, reliable energy and innovative related services to our members and to provide leadership and support to the communities we serve.

One of the ways that we can best do this is by being a voice for you in local, state and national government. In Columbia, we work closely with our state association, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. In Washington, D.C., our national trade association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, looks out for your interests by advocating on our behalf to key agencies and departments.

I am especially grateful for our local state lawmakers who share our same vision and mission. We know that we must we all must work together to protect your access to safe, reliable, and affordable electric service. We are always in close contact with our elected officials and will continue to bring the needs of our members to them in the upcoming year. We are thankful for their continued support of Palmetto Electric and our members.

This month, we have provided you with the names of the local state lawmakers who represent the different parts of our service area. Their names and districts are listed below.

We are optimistic about the future, and we look forward to working with your representatives in the upcoming year!

State legislators who represent Palmetto Electric members
Thank you to our local state legislators for their support of Palmetto Electric Cooperative and its members!

S.C. Senate
Sen. Tom Davis: Dist. 46, Beaufort and Jasper counties
Sen. Margie Bright Matthews: Dist. 45, Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties
Sen. C. Bradley “Brad” Hutto: Dist. 40, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Orangeburg counties

S.C. House of Representatives
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
Rep. William G. “Bill” Herbkersman: Dist. 118, Beaufort and Jasper counties
Rep. Michael F. Rivers, Sr.: Dist. 121, Beaufort and Colleton counties
Rep. Wm. Weston J. Newton: Dist. 120, Beaufort and Jasper counties

Scholarships Available

Palmetto Electric Trust scholarships worth up to $5,000 and $3,000 a year available THE APPLICATION DEADLINE is Friday, Feb. 14, for the Palmetto Electric Trust (PET) Scholarships, which are worth up to $5,000 and $3,000 a year for qualified students. PET, the volunteer board that administers member donations to Operation Round Up, established the scholarshipsContinue Reading

Co-op awards 55 teachers $48,810 in grants

The Palmetto Electric Trust and Palmetto Electric Cooperative offers Bright Ideas, a grant program that provides funding for innovative classroom-based education projects. Since Palmetto Electric launched the program in 2004, area teachers in Hampton, Jasper and southern Beaufort counties have received over $550,000 in grants. The Bright Ideas Prize Team celebrated the 15th anniversary ofContinue 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

Satisfied members make working at Palmetto Electric the ‘best’

PALMETTO ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and SCBIZ Magazine. There were 75 total companies named to the list, and Palmetto Electric finished 42nd in the Small/Medium Employer category (15-249 employees). There are several factors that contribute to makingContinue Reading


FIFTY-FIVE high school students from across the state visited Columbia in July to see how electric co-ops are preparing for the future. They toured renewable energy sites, the state capitol complex, explored careers in the energy industry and rode in electric cars. Palmetto Electric sponsored four students on the S.C. Cooperative Youth Summit: Mark Martel,Continue Reading


Palmetto Electric Cooperative has appointed two co-op members, Greg S. Cook and Nick T. Gohagan to its Board of Trustees. Cook and Gohagan fill the seats, respectively, of Jimmie D. McMillan, who retired in June, and James O. Freeman, who passed away in July. Like their predecessors, Cook and Gohagan represent fellow members in HamptonContinue 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