As the nation prepares to welcome a new Congress and Administration, America’s electric cooperatives are ready to welcome back old friends and introduce ourselves to newcomers.
The co-ops’ message to elected officials, both old and new, Republican and Democrat, will be the same: We all need to work together to protect consumer access to safe, reliable and affordable electric service.
We have reason to believe this message will be well-received. After all, co-ops speak for more than 42 million electric consumers nationwide, a sizable constituency by any measure.
For member-owned co-ops, listening to people is at the heart of our business model. Palmetto Electric Cooperative carries our members’ concerns to public officials every day. We look out for you because elected officials can make decisions affecting every aspect of the electric system. In Columbia, we work with other South Carolina co-ops and our state association, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc., to look out for you.
In Washington, D.C., our national trade association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, looks out for your interests, speaking with key agencies and departments within the new Administration. They know that protecting access to safe, reliable and affordable electricity will be a bipartisan effort.
Co-ops are optimistic. As we work with our elected leaders, we hope to renew a spirit of cooperation in the nation’s capital and in statehouses across the country.
After all, cooperation is what co-ops do best!
State legislators who represent Palmetto Electric members
Thanks to our local state legislators for their support of Palmetto Electric Cooperative and its members!
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
Rep. William K. “Bill” Bowers, 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. Wm. Weston J. Newton, Dist. 120, Beaufort and Jasper counties
Rep. Michael F. Rivers Sr., Dist. 121, Beaufort and Colleton counties.
To reach out to any of these legislators, see the contact information in this special Legislative Guide edition of South Carolina Living.