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Take down your tree and turn it to green

Grinding of the Greens Ad 2019.pdfHorry Electric Cooperative is co-sponsoring with the Horry County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) for the Grinding of the Greens December 26 through January 29.

When you’re ready to take down your Christmas decorations, you can drop your ornament-free tree(s) at any of the 24 SWA Recycling & Convenience Centers. If you live in the city limits of Myrtle Beach, Conway, Surfside Beach, Loris or Aynor, you can place your trees on the curb for pick-up. City of North Myrtle Beach residents can do the same between January 2-20.

The SWA asks that you remove all decorations, including lights, decorations and tinsel. Wreaths are not accepted. All of these things can cause issues with the chipper, so double-check and make sure there is nothing left on your tree.


You can help the environment through this initiative because HEC Contractors will come in to grind your trees into free mulch for people to use. Contractors will normally do this mid-February.

Once all the trees have been ground, free mulch is available, while supplies last, to all citizens at these four locations:

  • County landfill: four miles northeast of Conway, next to SWA administrative office, 1886 Hwy 90.
  • Myrtle Beach: 10th Avenue North Extension and 21st Avenue North Extension, behind Myrtle Waves.
  • Cherry Grove: Public parking lot at Ocean Boulevard and Shorehaven Drive, near 19th Avenue North.
  • Crescent Beach: Parking lot across from the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center at 1030 Possum Trot Road, North Myrtle Beach.

When going to pick up mulch, please be sure to bring your own container.

January edition of SCL is online now!

The January 2020 edition of South Carolina Living magazine has been uploaded to!  It will be delivered to mailboxes of subscribing members soon.

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!

Horry January SCL cover

The January 2020 edition has six pages dedicated to local news about your co-op.   Highlights include: 

  • CEO Column– We want to hear from you; we strive on two-way communication with our members
  • Two unforgettable experiences: Apply now if you are a high school junior/sophomore for Washington Youth Tour and Cooperative Youth Summit!
  • SC Lineman’s Rodeo: Get ready to rodeo! The Lineman’s Rodeo is happening in March 2020 at Horry Electric!
  • A journey. An adventure. A passion: a continuation of our series on the Local People Serving You at Horry Electric: Ricky Martin and Kevin Crave
  • Various co-op news: Grinding of the Greens; Energy Advisors to speak to your group; Apply now for $,1500 W.I.R.E. scholarship

2020 W.I.R.E. Scholarship now open

SC WIREHorry Electric Cooperative’s W.I.R.E (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) chapter is now accepting applications for the 2020 W.I.R.E. scholarship.

Applicants must be an Horry Electric member or dependent of a member. The applicant must also live in the home with the member.

IMG_8837The 2019 scholarship was awarded to Mackenzie Johnson, a senior through Bob Jones Homeschool Program.

Mackenzie (pictured with parents Craig and Jennifer Johnson) received the scholarship in May 2019 with plans of attending Horry-Georgetown Technical College to major in physical therapy.

The $1,500 scholarship is for one academic year for a freshman entering Coastal Carolina University or Horry-Georgetown Technical College. $750 will be awarded for the fall semester and the additional $750 will be awarded contingent upon meeting the G.P.R. requirement.

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 2, 2020.

Applications have been sent to all Horry County high schools and are available through the guidance counselor. Students can also download the full scholarship criteria and application from this news story.

Applications can be mailed to:

Mrs. Susan Brown
Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc.
P.O. Box 119
Conway, S.C. 29538-0119

You can also email applications to

WIRE Scholarship Criteria and Application 2020

Exciting opportunity for high school teachers/guidance counselors

Final combined logo horizontalSouth Carolina high school teachers and guidance counselors, you have a chance to apply for an unforgettable experience! The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina are searching for chaperones to join high school students on Washington Youth Tour and on the Cooperative Youth Summit in 2020.

Washington Youth Tour: Explore Washington, D.C. with over 1,500 high school juniors from across the country, meeting lawmakers and touring the sights!

Cooperative Youth Summit: Experience South Carolina’s capital by touring the Statehouse, meeting lawmakers, and seeing how co-ops are preparing for the future!

Click here to apply to be a chaperone for one or both trips! You must be a current high school teacher or guidance counselor. If you’re selected, South Carolina’s electric cooperatives will pay for your transportation, hotel stay, exhibit admissions and three meals a day. It’s all free!

The deadline to apply is Friday, January 31, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Horry Electric’s Youth Tour Coordinator Toni Gore at 843-369-6359 or email!

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.



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