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Celebrating dedication during a year of adversity at the 2021 Palmetto Electric Annual Meeting

Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s 2021 Annual Meeting made history with 5,067 members registered.  This surpassed the Cooperative’s previous record attendance in 2007 where 4,927 members registered. Due to the continued uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Palmetto Electric’s 2021 Annual Meeting was once again drive-thru registration and voting.  Drive-thru registration and voting was held April 29, 30 and May 1, at the co-op’s Ridgeland office.  Members were able to drive-thru, register and cast a vote for the Board of Directors election.  Palmetto Electric employees were on hand to distribute registration gifts and assist members with any questions. “I want to sincerely thank the 5,067 members who made the drive-thru registration and voting a tremendous, record-breaking success,” said Berl Davis, Palmetto Electric president and CEO. “Dedication to our members and community during a year of adversity” was the resounding theme of this year’s meeting and focused on ways the Cooperative committed itself to helping the community and their membership during an incredibly trying year.  The business meeting, livestreamed online only, highlighted some of the ways Palmetto Electric put this dedication into action.

  • In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cooperative was flexible in its established programs and policies. The non-payment disconnect policy was suspended for almost three months, $3.5 million in Capital Credits was returned early, and the 2020 Annual Meeting was restructured to a drive-thru and virtual format to accommodate members safely.
  • In April of 2020, a powerful EF4 tornado brought devastation to Hampton County. Palmetto Electric not only worked around the clock to restore power, but also donated coolers filled with ice and $10,000 to aid in relief efforts.  Cooperative crews also provided assistance in Louisiana, following Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta.
  • The Cooperative continued to help the community by giving generously to those in need. The Give 5 initiative raised more than $116,838 to help those faced with hardship caused by the pandemic, and Shop with the Co-op provided Christmas gifts for seven local children.  During the holidays, Palmetto Electric’s community outreach group WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) contributed toys, canned goods and monetary donations to Bluffton Self Help, while cooperative employees collected and delivered blankets to local nursing centers.
  • The Cooperative received a score of 90 on the American Customer Satisfaction Index Survey (ACSI). This is four out of the past five years that Palmetto has scored a 90 or higher, in comparison to the average Touchstone Energy cooperative score of 75.
Board of Directors incumbents William J. Nimmer (Beaufort County, Position 1), Nicholas T. Gohagan (Hampton County, Position 1) and Eunice F. Spilliards (Jasper County, Position 1) all ran unopposed and were re-elected.  David L. White (Beaufort County, Position 2), who also ran unopposed, was elected to fill the seat vacated by Mr. Henry Driessen, who resigned earlier this year.  Board officers re-elected included Jeremiah E. Vaigneur, chairman; C. Alex Ulmer, vice chairman; and Eunice F. Spilliards, secretary-treasurer. This year’s grand prize winner was Harry Sharp of Bluffton, S.C.  He won the 2015 Ford Escape. ### About Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Inc. Palmetto Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit electrical distribution utility that is owned by the members it serves.  The Cooperative serves over 75,000 consumers in southern Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. Palmetto Electric’s mission is to provide diversified, innovative energy and related services to its members consistent with sound business practices, while always acting in a community-building leadership role. For more information, visit palmetto.coop or call 843-208-5551. Palmetto Electric is also a member of Touchstone Energy, which is a national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small. More than 692 Touchstone Energy cooperatives in 46 states are delivering energy and energy solutions to approximately 40 million customers every day. Touchstone Energy cooperatives serve their members with integrity, accountability, innovation and a longstanding commitment to communities.    

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Putting Green Power Behind Every Putt

 

RBC Heritage Partners with Palmetto Electric and Santee Cooper to Put Green Power Behind Every Putt

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing continues its long streak of environmental efforts by teaming up with Palmetto Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper to power the state’s largest sporting event with 100% homegrown, environmentally sound Green Power. This is the 13th year the RBC Heritage has committed to using Green Power, delivered by Palmetto Electric and generated by Santee Cooper, to power every putt of the PGA tournament, which plays at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island from April 12 to April 18. “Environmental stewardship is just as important to us at RBC Heritage as tradition is, and we continue to work hard to be a leader for sustainability in golf by using Green Power to power the tournament,” said RBC Heritage President and Tournament Director Steve Wilmot. Santee Cooper generates Green Power from clean, renewable energy sources including landfill methane gas, solar power and wind power right here in South Carolina. In 2001, Santee Cooper became the first utility to generate Green Power and offer it for sale in South Carolina. Not only did Palmetto Electric Cooperative sign on as one of the first cooperatives in the state to offer Green Power to its members, the cooperative continues to promote Green Power to its member owners. “The RBC Heritage is a significant event for our state and using Green Power is a big win for the environment,” said Palmetto Electric President and CEO Berl Davis. “With the support of the RBC Heritage, Palmetto Electric continues to be a leader in Green Power sales in South Carolina.” Santee Cooper began generating renewable Green Power when it opened the Horry County Landfill Generating Station, which produces electricity from methane gas created by naturally decomposing refuse. Santee Cooper now has six landfill methane gas stations in commercial operation, a wind power project, solar arrays generating power for the grid, and 29 demonstration solar projects at middle schools around the state including two in partnership with Palmetto Electric. “I’d like to thank Palmetto Electric for their continued support of Green Power and commend the RBC Heritage on their commitment through the past 13 years to sustainably power such a large and important sporting event,” said Mark Bonsall, Santee Cooper President and CEO. “Both the Heritage and Palmetto Electric should be applauded for their strong support of the environment.” Customers of the state’s electric cooperatives and Santee Cooper can purchase Green Power each month through their electric bills. Green Power is Green-e Energy certified and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. Learn more at www.green-e.org.  About the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing Celebrating its 53rd year in 2021, the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing is the only PGA TOUR event in South Carolina. Played over the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island since 1969, the event is set for April 12-18, 2021. The Heritage Classic Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to supporting educational and charitable initiatives to enhance quality of life and economic vitality. Since it was founded in 1987, the Foundation has donated more than $45.8 million to people in need. For information on how to "Get Your Plaid On!” call 843.671.2448, visit www.rbcheritage.com or Facebook (RBC Heritage) and Twitter (@RBC_Heritage). About Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Inc. Palmetto Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit electrical distribution utility that is owned by the members it serves.  The Cooperative serves over 75,000 consumers in southern Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. Palmetto Electric’s mission is to provide diversified, innovative energy and related services to its members consistent with sound business practices, while always acting in a community-building leadership role. For more information, visit palmetto.coop or call 843-208-5551. Palmetto Electric is also a member of Touchstone Energy, which is a national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small. More than 692 Touchstone Energy cooperatives in 46 states are delivering energy and energy solutions to approximately 40 million customers every day. Touchstone Energy cooperatives serve their members with integrity, accountability, innovation and a longstanding commitment to communities. About Santee Cooper Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s largest power provider and the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state. Through its low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity and water services, and through innovative partnerships and initiatives that attract and retain industry and jobs, Santee Cooper helps power South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.santeecooper.com and follow #PoweringSC on social media.

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2021 RBC Heritage PEC Green Power Press Release  

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2019 Touchstone Energy Million Dollar Hole-in-One Shootout Event

Touchstone Energy Hole-In-One event
Golfers support local teachers and students
(left to right) Palmetto Electric VP of Marketing and Public Relations, Tray Hunter; Palmetto Electric Board Member, Alex Ulmer; Shootout winner, Spencer Callantine, and Palmetto Electric president and CEO, Berl Davis.
Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s Touchstone Energy® Million Dollar Hole-in-One Shootout raised over $14,400 in support of the Bright Ideas teacher grant program, which provides funding for innovative classroom projects in our local schools. The 3-day event (March 28 – March 30) took place at Old South Golf Links where 300 Lowcountry golfers took more than 12,500 shots at qualifying for the million dollar final round.  In the end, twenty-eight finalists took their shot at winning $1 million, but it was Spencer Callantine from Bluffton, SC who was the closest with a shot that landed just 11 feet 2.5 inches from the winning hole.  Spencer didn’t walk away empty handed though. His shot won him $1,000 in cash, a 101 Driving Experience at BMW Spartanburg and a 3 day/2 night vacation package for two to: The Sheraton Hacienda del Mar in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This is the 17th year Palmetto Electric has held the Shootout.  “As a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, commitment to community is one of the core values of our cooperative,” said Berl Davis, Palmetto Electric’s president and CEO.  “We are excited about this year’s turnout at our event since once again the proceeds are going to support Bright Ideas.  What Bright Ideas does for the teachers and children of the Lowcountry is simply amazing, and I think the golfers who support the event would agree.  I would also like to thank all of our corporate sponsors who generously supported the Shootout,” said Davis. “Congratulations to all of our Shootout winners, but I think we all know that the real winners are the children of the Lowcountry who benefit from having the Bright Ideas Program in their schools,” said Davis.

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TOUCHSTONE ENERGY HOLE-IN-ONE EVENT

Golfers support local teachers and students

(left to right) PEC Board Member Alex Ulmer, closest to the hole, Stan Dever of HHI, and PEC President and CEO Berl Davis.
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 approximately 250 Lowcountry golfers took more than 12,000 shots at qualifying for the million dollar final round.  In the end, twenty-eight finalists took their shot at winning $1 million, but it was Stan Dever of Hilton Head Island, SC who was the closest with a shot that landed just 11 feet 9 7/8 inches from the winning hole. Stan didn’t walk away empty handed though.  His shot won him a $1,000 and a 4 day 3 night vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Second through fifth place prizes included rounds of golf at area courses. The overall winners of the putting contest were Spencer Starnes and Stan Dever.  They both won rounds of golf at local courses. “As a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, commitment to community is one of the core values of our cooperative,” said Berl Davis, Palmetto Electric’s president and CEO.  “We were excited about this year’s event since proceeds once again supported Bright Ideas.  What Bright Ideas does for the teachers and children of the Lowcountry is simply amazing and I think the golfers who supported the event agreed.  I would also like to thank all of our corporate sponsors who generously supported the Shootout,” said Davis. “Congratulations to all of our Shootout winners, but I think we all know that the real winners are the children of the Lowcountry who benefit from having the Bright Ideas Program in their schools,” Davis added.

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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. The business meeting focused on the accomplishments of Palmetto Electric in 2017 which included the following initiatives: • The Cooperative completed a 6.5 million upgrade to the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system which was deployed originally 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. • It was reported that Palmetto Electric had its 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 in capital credits. It was also stated that Palmetto Electric has given back more than $16 million in capital credits in the previous four years. • On a survey conducted in June 2017, Palmetto received an American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI®) score of 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 Touchstone member co-ops in the nation that participate in the ACSI program. • 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 elected to serve on Palmetto Electric’s Board. Incumbents 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) all ran unopposed. In addition, the following Board officers were re-elected: Jeremiah E. Vaigneur, chairman; C. Alex Ulmer, vice chairman; and, Eunice T. Spilliards, secretary-treasurer. Three scholarships were presented from Palmetto Electric’s Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE) organization. Alexa Jobst from May River High School, Isabel Noriega from Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School and Kelsey Wallace for Hilton Head Island High School each received $1000 scholarships for their college education. Three students received scholarship awards from the Palmetto Electric Trust (PET). Kassandra Anguiano from Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School, Quinn O’Leary from John Paul II Catholic School and Hunter Spielman from Patrick Henry Academy received awards. These scholarships are funded through Operation Round Up and are based upon need, available funds and whether certain criterion is met. Five high school juniors from the Lowcountry were recognized for being selected to represent Palmetto Electric in the Washington Youth Tour, a week-long, all-expense paid educational trip to Washington, D.C. The representatives chosen this year are Kelsey Darien from Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School, Victoria Etheridge from John Paul II Catholic School and Isabel Muehleman from Hilton Head Island High School. From the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina competition, Bethany Neville from Hilton Head Island High School and Bryon Dubose from Legacy Christian Academy were selected. Also, five area rising seniors were chosen for the Cooperative Youth Summit, which is a four day, three night educational trip to Columbia, SC in July. Winners included Isabel Muehleman from Hilton Head Island High School, Abby Smith from Wade Hampton High School and Keandra Warren from Ridgeland Hardeeville High School. Again, from the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina competition, Bethany Neville from Hilton Head Island High School and Bryon Dubose from Legacy Christian Academy were selected. This year’s grand prize winner was Walter Toomer of Tarboro, SC. He won the 2011 Ford Ranger.

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WINTER STORM GRAYSON CREATES RECORD DEMAND FOR ELECTRICITY

Palmetto Electric Cooperative established a new peak demand for electricity of 469 megawatts between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., Thursday, January 4 according to Berl Davis, president and CEO of the utility. “This all-time record peak exceeds the previous peak of 467 megawatts set on January 7, 2014,” said Davis. Davis stated that due to the cold and snowy weather, several outages occurred throughout the system. “We have had several large outages in southern Beaufort County, as well as a number of scattered smaller outages. Altogether, approximately 2,000 consumers lost service. Our system has responded very well under the circumstances; however, the increased load on our system has contributed to a few equipment failures,” said Davis. Outage information can be viewed online at palmetto.coop under the outage/storm-center tab. With the extreme cold weather, Palmetto Electric is alerting consumers of the effects on energy consumption. “With the cold temperatures comes increased usage and higher electric bills,” said Davis. Palmetto Electric recommends a thermostat setting of 68 degrees or less in extreme cold weather. For every degree above this setting, consumers will add approximately 4-8 percent to their heating cost. Other energy saving tips include: • Set thermostats at 55 degrees in a home that is vacant for a week or longer. • Caulk around all doors and window. Loose or cracked caulking should be removed or replaced. • Weather-stripping is a real key to preventing heat loss. Doors and windows should be sealed to prevent drafts. Door bottoms are also culprits; install inexpensive “sweeps” on doors to keep out the cold. Don’t forget to weather-strip your attic access. • Central heating systems should be given an annual cleaning and tune-up by a qualified technician. • Keep air filters clean. The air filter of central heating system should be replaced once a month during the heating season if a disposable filter is used. • Have your chimney checked by a qualified chimney sweep and check your fireplace damper to be sure it opens and closes properly.

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CO-OP WARNS MEMBERS OF RECENT SCAM ATTEMPTS

Graphic with warning sign - Scam AlertPalmetto Electric Cooperative is reminding the public of how to avoid scams perpetrated either on the telephone or in person. President and CEO Berl Davis says alert co-op members have reported both types of scamming in recent days. In the telephone scam, the caller poses as a representative of Palmetto Electric. The scam caller states that immediate payment is needed to avoid disconnection of electric service. As Davis notes, "Don't give out credit card numbers and personal information on the phone, through the mail or over the Internet unless you've initiated the contact or are sure you know who you're dealing with." If a member receives a suspicious call, mailing, email or other type of unusual contact, the member should end the call immediately and contact local law enforcement. He said co-op members also have reported being approached by individuals who falsely claimed to be with the cooperative. Davis said members can easily identify cooperative employees.  “Co-op employees will always be wearing a Palmetto Electric Cooperative uniform and/or driving a co-op vehicle with our name and official logo on it. They will be glad to show photo identification to anyone who requests it,” says Davis. The cooperative sometimes hires other companies, including contract utility crews, to perform certain tasks, such as right-of-way maintenance, line construction and pole inspections. These workers should not need to enter a member’s home or business or request information from a member. Members can call the cooperative at 843-208-5551 if they have questions about their account or if they receive a suspicious call.  Customer service representatives can help confirm a billing payment and balance due on a member’s account. They can also verify that workers are Palmetto Electric employees or contract labor working for the co-op.

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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 more than $13,000 in support of the Bright Ideas teacher grant program, which provides funding for innovative classroom projects in our local schools.

Jonathan Griz of Hilton Head Island, SC was the closest with a shot that landed just 29 feet 1¼ inches from the winning hole.
The 3-day event (May 18 – May 20) took place at Old South Golf Links where approximately 250 Lowcountry golfers took more than 12,000 shots at qualifying for the million dollar final round.  In the end, twenty-eight finalists took their shot at winning $1 million, but it was Jonathan Griz of Hilton Head Island, SC who was the closest with a shot that landed just 29 feet 1 ¼ inches from the winning hole. Jonathan didn’t walk away empty handed though.  His shot won him a $750 gift card from the PGA Tour Superstore. Second through fifth place prizes included rounds of golf at area courses. The daily winners of the putting contest were Ralph Tygielski, Allan Earnshaw and Eric Clymer.  They all won rounds of golf at local courses and PGA Tour Superstore gift cards. “As a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, commitment to community is one of the core values of our cooperative,” said Berl Davis, Palmetto Electric’s president and CEO.  “We were excited about this year’s event since proceeds once again supported Bright Ideas.  What Bright Ideas does for the teachers and children of the Lowcountry is simply amazing and I think the golfers who supported the event agreed.  I would also like to thank all of our corporate sponsors who generously supported the Shootout,” said Davis. “Congratulations to all of our Shootout winners, but I think we all know that the real winners are the children of the Lowcountry who benefit from having the Bright Ideas Program in their schools,” said Davis.
Palmetto Electric Board member Alex Ulmer (left), and President and CEO Berl Davis (right), pictured with the top five winners: (front and center) Jonathon Griz took 1st place with a shot 29' 1 1/4", followed by 2nd - 5th place winners (back row l-r), Keith Coyne, Paul Griz, Nathan Leach and Danny Morgan.
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OPERATION ROUND UP® DONATIONS TARGET COMMUNITY NEEDS

Local organizations continue to benefit from Palmetto Electric’s nationally-acclaimed giving program, Operation Round Up®  (ORU).  The Palmetto Electric Trust Board awarded several significant donations with awards totaling $67,500. Sandalwood Community Food Bank received $2,500 to create an emergency fund of clients in need. Meals on Wheels received $10,000 to assist in providing meals to home bound individuals. Coastal Discovery Museum was granted $30,000 to assist with educational programs, supplies, materials and scholarships. Also, the American Red Cross received $25,000 to better prepare for and establish resiliency within Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties Berl Davis, Palmetto Electric president and CEO, along with other employees toured the organizational facilities and delivered the checks. “We are pleased to support these very worthy and vital programs that serve the citizens of the Lowcountry,” stated Davis. All of these donations are made possible through contributions to Palmetto Electric’s Operation Round Up program.  Participants donate an average of $6.00 a year by rounding their electric bills to the next highest dollar. “We thank the 82% of our membership participating in Operation Round Up. With their support, these important life changing gifts are made possible,” added Davis. Since 1989, $7.4 million has been collected in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton Counties.

(l-r) Palmetto Electric V.P. of Marketing Public Relations Tray Hunter, Public Relations Manager Missy Santorum, Founder/Director of Sandalwood Community Food Bank Rev. Nannette Pierson, Geanette Bryan, Palmetto Electric President and CEO Berl Davis, Anne Casavant and President of Sandalwood Community Food Bank Rod Casavant.
(left) Palmetto Electric representatives Tray Hunter, V.P. of Marketing Public Relations, Berl Davis, President and CEO and (far right) Missy Santorum, Public Relations Manager, are pictured with several of the Meals on Wheels board members, (l-r center) Mike Jenner, Grant Coordinator, Kit Grider, Treasurer, Ed Varcho, Director/Secretary, and Dan Porter, Chairman.
(l-r) Palmetto Electric V.P. of Marketing and Public Relations Tray Hunter, President and CEO Berl Davis, President and CEO of Coastal Discovery Museum Rex Garniewicz, Palmetto Electric Public Relations Manager Missy Santorum, and V.P. of Marketing and Development for the museum Robin Swift.
 
Palmetto Electric representatives, Tray Hunter, V.P. of Marketing Public Relations (far left), Berl Davis, President and CEO and Missy Santorum, Public Relations Manager (right) are pictured with Amanda Baldwin with the American Red Cross.
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PALMETTO ELECTRIC’S 2017 ANNUAL MEETING

Palmetto Electric Cooperative registered 4,829 members at this year’s Annual Meeting held Saturday, May 6 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. The business meeting focused on the accomplishments of Palmetto Electric in 2016 which included the following initiatives:

  • The Power of Teamwork was the theme for the 2016 Annual Report. This was never more evident than during the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in October of last year. Co-op employees were complimented on their teamwork, dedication and commitment to serve during the recovery and restoration efforts after the storm.
  • It was reported that Palmetto Electric is in very good financial condition, which resulted in record payback of capital credits in 2016, totaling more than $4.5 million. It was also reported that Palmetto Electric has given back more than $11.5 million in capital credits in the previous three years.
  • On a survey conducted in June 2016, Palmetto received an American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI®) score of 90 out of a possible score of 100. This score puts Palmetto in the top 10 percent of all Touchstone member cooperatives in the nation that participate in the ACSI program and 15 points higher than the Investor-Owned Utility industry score in the 2017 ACSI Energy Utility Report.
  • Construction was recently 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.
  • It was reported that Palmetto Electric will be returning $4.5 million in Capital Credits to members who received electric service in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2016.
  • Four Directors were elected to serve on Palmetto Electric’s Board. Incumbents C. Alex Ulmer (Beaufort County Position 3), Carolyn Grant (Beaufort County Position 6), Jimmie D. McMillan (Hampton County Position 3), and Dr. Earl Bostick, Sr. (Jasper County Position 3) were re-elected without opposition.
  • In addition, the following Board officers were re-elected: Jeremiah E. Vaigneur, chairman; C. Alex Ulmer, vice chairman; and, Eunice T. Spilliards, secretary-treasurer.
  • Two scholarships were presented from Palmetto Electric’s Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE) organization. Kacie Godley from Wade Hampton High School and Tonathzi Noriega from Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School each received $1000 scholarships for their college education.
  • Three students received scholarship awards from the Palmetto Electric Trust (PET): Davonty Dopson from Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School; Darien Mikell from Wade Hampton High School; and Winston Torin from Hilton Head Island High School. PET scholarships are based upon need, available funds, and whether certain criterion is met.
  • Three high school juniors from the Lowcountry were recognized for being selected to represent Palmetto Electric in the Washington Youth Tour, a week-long, all-expense paid educational trip to Washington, D.C. The representatives chosen this year are Alexis Jarrell from Step of Faith Christian Academy and Alexis Smythe and Emily Todd from Hilton Head Island High School.
  • Also, a new educational initiative was announced. Three rising seniors were chosen for the Cooperative Youth Summit, which is a three day, two night educational trip to Columbia, SC in July. Winners included Decker Paulmeier from Bluffton High School, Michaela Williams from Ridgeland Hardeeville High School and Sophia Topping from Hilton Head Island High School.
  This year’s grand prize winner was Michelle Laurel of Pineland, SC. She won the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid.

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