Every October, cooperatives are recognized for the qualities that make the business model unique: local democratic control, commitment to supporting the communities they serve and improving quality of life, providing special benefits and services, and the return of margins back to members in the form of capital credits.
Cooperatives are special. We have an obligation to provide reliable, affordable, and safe electricity, but we take that a step further. We also have a responsibility to support our members, enrich schools and enhance our communities.
Electric cooperatives were formed because rural communities were struggling from lack of investment. Neighbors banded together and lit up the countryside when no one else would. That’s what we celebrate each October. Horry Electric is proud to be a part of America’s cooperative network, which employs more than 850,000 people.