WELCOME BACK, LOCAL LEGISLATORS!

THANKS to our local state lawmakers for their support of Palmetto Electric Cooperative and its members!  Every other year, as the Legislature begins a new session, we’re proud to present this special Legislative Guide. We’re always in close contact with these elected offcials as we look out for you. This month’s South Carolina Living magazine provides you with their contact information, should you need to reach any of the lawmakers who represent citizens around the different parts of our service area, including:

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

S.C. HOUSE
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. Wm. Weston J. Newton, Dist. 120, Beaufort and Jasper counties
Rep. Michael F. Rivers Sr., Dist. 121, Beaufort and Colleton counties
Rep. Shedron D. Williams, Dist. 122, Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties

We look forward to working with your representatives in the new legislative session.  With their cooperation, and our members’ vocal support, we are better able to keep your service as reliable, safe and affordable as possible.

AFTER SAVING MEMBERS $3.14 MILLION, PROGRAM GETS EVEN BETTER

CO-OP CONNECTIONS, Palmetto Electric’s discount card program, has saved members about $3.14 million on prescriptions since 2009—yet the program is more valuable than ever.  If you still have it, your free Co-op Connections card is still good. But now there’s a better option—an app. Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, the nationwide alliance that assist member co-ops like PalmettoContinue Reading

IMPROVING RESILIENCY TO STORMS

There have been quite a few hurricanes in recent years, but most of you remember Irma, I’m sure.  The 2017 hurricane caused record storm surges that drenched Hilton Head Island’s southern end in particular.  In Sea Pines, low-lying areas such as South Beach and Calibogue Cay, prone to tidal flooding, suffered signifcant damage and outages thatContinue Reading

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

SCHOLARSHIPS WORTH UP TO $5,000 AND $3,000 A YEAR AVAILABLE The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 15, for the Palmetto Electric Trust (PET) Scholarships, which are worth up to $5,000 and $3,000 a year for qualifed students.  PET, the volunteer board that administers member donations to Operation Round Up, established the scholarships to assist qualifed studentsContinue Reading

A WWII VETERAN WHO STILL SERVES

Many of you know Mary Cope, a co-op retiree and World War II veteran. Some know her from Hilton Head Island, where Mary worked for Palmetto Electric Cooperative for 14 years. Many know her in my hometown of Ridgeland, where she is still making the community a better place. At 93, Mary is an active member of Great Swamp Baptist Church, crocheting up a storm toContinue Reading

CYBERSECURITY IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY

Technology breaches— think customer credit card data being stolen from Target or consumer data being stolen from Experian—have become more commonplace, ushering in a new reality of increased security measures and constant monitoring of organizational and personal data to ensure our identities, credit card numbers or bank accounts have not been compromised. At Palmetto Electric,Continue Reading

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. TheContinue Reading

GO BEYOND THE CARD WITH NEW APP, WEBSITE

WITH A NEW APP and updated website, the Co-op Connections discount card program you know and love is better than ever. First, visit Connections. coop/Palmetto and if you haven’t signed up on previous versions of the site, register for Co-op Connections. Then take a minute to download the free Co-op Connections app to your smartphone.Continue Reading

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