QUALITY TIME WITH 4,037 NEIGHBORS

I never tire of visiting with you, our valued memberowners. We registered 4,037 members in attendance at this year’s Annual Meeting, Saturday, May 5, at our Ridgeland office.

          Grand prize winner Walter Toomer of Tarboro                      with his 2011 Ford Ranger.

If you couldn’t be there, the business meeting focused on the accomplishments of Palmetto Electric Cooperative in 2017. Here are some highlights:

  • The cooperative completed a $6.5 million upgrade to the Advanced Metering Infrastructure system originally deployed in 2001 to remotely read meters. This technology has done more to improve system operations and offer new products and services to our members than any other technology in almost 40 years.
  • We reported our highest new member growth rate since the 2007 recession. Due to the improved economy and the continued good financial condition of the cooperative, $4.3 million was returned to members in the form of capital credits. Palmetto Electric has given back more than $16 million in capital credits in the previous four years.
  • On the American Customer Satisfaction Survey, Palmetto Electric scored a 91 out of a possible score of 100–the highest score the co-op has ever received. This score ranks Palmetto Electric in the top one percent of all ACSI-participating co-ops nationwide.
  • Construction was completed on the first community solar farm in the Lowcountry. A 120-kW solar farm was built at Palmetto Electric’s Ridgeland and New River offices. All 240 shares of community solar were sold within a few days.

Four directors were re-elected to serve on the co-op board: William J. Nimmer (Beaufort County, Position 1), David A. Solaro (Beaufort County, Position 4), Eunice F. Spilliards (Jasper County, Position 1) and James O. Freeman (Hampton County, Position 1). Board officers re-elected included: Jeremiah E. Vaigneur, chairman; C. Alex Ulmer, vice chairman; and Eunice F. Spilliards, secretary-treasurer. Congratulations to each of them.
Congratulations also to each of you for being a big part of Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s continued success! We couldn’t do it without you.

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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

TOUCHSTONE ENERGY HOLE-IN-ONE EVENT

Golfers support local teachers and students Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s Touchstone Energy® Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout raised approximately $13,800 in support of the Bright Ideas teacher grant program, which provides funding for innovative classroom projects in our local schools. The 3-day event (May 17 – May 19) took place at Old South Golf Links where approximatelyContinue Reading

PEC 2018 ANNUAL MEETING

Palmetto Electric Cooperative registered 4037 members at this year’s Annual Meeting held Saturday, May 5 at Palmetto’s Ridgeland office on Highway 278, three miles west of Ridgeland. “We would like to thank our members who attended and helped make our meeting such a great success,” said Berl Davis, president and CEO of the utility. TheContinue Reading

INSPIRED TO LIGHT THE WAY

Palmetto Electric has long shown it can brighten lives: Our Operation Round Up program, started locally in 1989, has spread to over 340 co-ops across the U.S. We also sponsor Bright Ideas, a grant program to fund innovative classroom based education projects that fall outside normal school funding. Since 2004, we have awarded 607 BrightContinue 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

THE POWER BEHIND YOUR POWER

AS APRIL ARRIVES, it brings with it the showers that produce spring flowers. It also heralds the beginning of a potentially stormy season that can inherently include power outages. While Palmetto Electric Cooperative strives to provide reliable electricity to our members, there are times when Mother Nature has other plans. Most of us can rideContinue Reading

50 GREAT YEARS–AND 10 YEARS AS A GREEN POWER EVENT

SOME MEMORIES just stick with you. I clearly recall the day back in 1969 when I attended the first Heritage. I was with my father, Archie Davis. He worked for Palmetto Electric, too. I remember Daddy parking his vehicle at a then new co-op substation at Sea Pines. At that time, there were no condosContinue 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