Beat the Peak contest could lead to extra holiday cash

BTP promoFall is here, putting those triple digit temperatures in the rearview mirror. As temperatures start to fall, Horry Electric needs your help to Beat the Peak throughout the fall and winter months.

Beat the Peak is a voluntary program for members, but joining means you can help prevent a heavy load on our system. When an abundance of members use power during these peak times, there’s a heavy demand on our system; therefore, Horry Electric is paying more to provide power.

Signing up is easy! Plus, it might get you some extra cash this holiday season! Any member enrolled in the Beat the Peak program by 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2019 will be entered into a drawing to win a $1,000 Visa gift card! Participation is limited to one entry per account. The contest is open to other electric cooperatives across the state. The winner will be selected at random by December 20.

Click here for more information on the contest rules.

To sign up, all you have to do is enter your information and select if you’d like to receive peak alerts via phone call, text or email. With your help, we can work to bring down these peak power costs.

Children’s Book Challenge helps students learn about electricity

Children's Book Challenge 2019 2020Fourth and fifth-grade students across South Carolina are invited to become book authors. The topic for 2019/2020 is new technologies in Energy.

The challenge is to help students learn about the history of electrification in the Palmetto state. Education, Training and Information is just one of the Seven Cooperative Principles and the opportunity to learn about the state’s energy history can only help expand their knowledge for future possibilities.

Students can compete on teams of up to four students and each team has to be registered by November 30, 2019. Students entered are responsible for writing and illustrating their book.

All books must be submitted to Horry Electric by Friday, January 31, 2020. Click here for more information on how to compete and for the challenge rules. The winning book will go on to compete in a statewide competition against other entries across South Carolina.

Marley Pelton Miguel AcostaHorry Electric’s 2018/2019 winner was Marley Pelton (left), a fourth-grader at Daisy Elementary in Loris. Her book titled Einstein and His Electricity Adventure followed Einstein the guinea pig through the creation of electricity and the electric cooperative. Miguel Acosta (right), also a fourth-grader at Daisy Elementary, submitted his book into the contest. Pelton was a student of librarian Debra Rogers and both won $50 from Horry Electric for entering the contest.



September 2019 SCL – Horry edition is online!

september 2019 coverThe September 2019 edition of South Carolina Living magazine has been uploaded to!  It will be delivered to the mailboxes of subscribing members this weekend.

The main part of South Carolina Living magazine, which can also be found online includes the usual recipes, a list of festivals and events, plus a few feature articles about interesting people and places in our own state!

The September 2019 edition has six pages dedicated to local news about your co-op.   Highlights include: 

  • CEO Column – Are you cybersecure? We’ll be raising awareness in October.
  • Trio digs into abnormally high energy use/Home Energy Advisor
  • The importance of a lineman’s gear – It’s so we can go home to our families
  • Prayer for grace and mercies – a continuation of our series on the Local People Serving You at Horry Electric; Kolton Wade
  • Cooperative Youth Summit: A look into co-ops from the perspective of our student representatives


Power blinks. What’s up with that?

Grey SquirrelA power blink is exactly what it sounds like. The power blinks off for a second, just like your eyes blink. You might not think anything of it, but after it happens a couple times, you may start to question the cause.

Members in the Socastee area recently experienced blinks several days in a row. Horry Electric’s servicemen and engineers investigated. They rode the lines, looking for the cause and made a discovery. It wasn’t mechanical. It wasn’t a tree. It wasn’t a snake. There was equipment damage and the culprits that did the damage were furry. Squirrels.

That’s right, guilty as charged.

A power blink is a brief interruption that’s designed to prevent a longer power outage. Blinks occur when an obstruction, like a tree limb, comes into contact with a power line or transformer. Wildlife, such as snakes and squirrels, can also cause blinks.

It’s fall, which means these animals are stocking up for the winter months. Squirrels tend to scamper across power lines to get from tree to tree.

It happens with underground service, too

Underground service is not immune to interference.  While some members on the system were experiencing blinks due to squirrel activity around overhead equipment, others were experiencing blinks followed by an outage due to cable damage apparently caused by termites.

That’s right. Termites. Crews spotted mud tubes and determined the culprits, in this case, were Formosan Termites.  This subterranean species of termites are known to be voracious and aggressive. They have been known to chew not only wood, but also flooring, wallpaper, and even the material used to make underground power cable.

If you experience a power blink, please call 843-369-2211 and let us know. More than likely, an animal is the cause of the problem. Regardless, we’ll investigate and get to the bottom of it. If you experience it more than once or twice, make a note of the date and time and please share that information when you call. It helps us


August edition of SCL online now!

horry-august-coverThe August  2019 edition of South Carolina Living magazine has been uploaded to!  It will be delivered to the mailboxes of subscribing members this weekend.

The main part of South Carolina Living magazine, which can also be found online includes the usual recipes, a list of festivals and events, plus a few feature articles about interesting people and places in our own state!

The August 2019 edition has six pages dedicated to local news about your co-op.   Highlights include: 

  • CEO Column – Danny Shelley talks about ongoing efforts to learn about and research options that will benefit members
  • WIRE, Youth Summit participants aid students in need
  • Washington Youth Tour: In their own words – a great re-cap of the Youth Tour experience through the eyes of the students themselves.
  • Three programs you’ll want to learn more about! Beat The Peak, Advance Pay and Bank Draft!



4th Annual #WhoPowersYou contest kicks off August 5

FB4 - BlackThe fourth annual #WhoPowersYou contest, in partnership with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, is here! Starting Monday, August 5, Horry Electric members and employees can nominate someone in their community for national recognition, plus a chance to win up to $5,000.

We’re looking for stories about our members making a positive impact in their community.

To nominate a local hero, click here and submit the nominee’s name, photo and a brief description of how they are making a difference in the community.

The contest runs through midnight on September 6, and winners will be announced in October.

A panel of judges will select the Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention winners!

S.C. High Schoolers headed to Columbia for Cooperative Youth Summit

Cooperative Youth SummitMore than 50 high school students representing electric cooperatives across South Carolina, along with nine chaperones will be heading to our state’s capital next week. The students will spend four days in the Columbia area July 9-12 on the third statewide Cooperative Youth Summit.

The students are rising seniors and will get an introduction to cooperatives and the cooperative business model. Students will visit Newberry Electric’s solar farm, Riverbanks Zoo, and the Statehouse, complete with a tour and an explanation on lobbying. They will have the opportunity to hear from and speak with State Rep. Micah Caskey (District 89).

Students will get the chance to step into the shoes of a lineman during a visit to Mid-Carolina Electric. They’ll get to participate in lineworker education and a safety demonstration.

The summit wraps up with a tour of Richland County Landfill’s Gas-to-Energy Facility, followed by an electric vehicle presentation. Students will get the chance to step into a Tesla and learn all about how electric vehicles work.

Soda Pop Co-op is an added bonus on the trip. The students will elect a board and hire a manager to sell snacks and drinks throughout the trip. At the end, students will receive capital credits back, with the knowledge of how a cooperative runs.