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Built on a strong foundation

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February 2020 as printed in South Carolina Living Magazine

Daniel B. Shelley, III
Executive Vice President and CEO

YOUR CO-OP IS BUILT on a strong foundation. In addition to the Seven Co-op Principles, we hold ourselves to the four Touchstone Energy Cooperative values of integrity, accountability, innovation, and commitment to community. These values represent the cooperative difference. We strive to demonstrate that difference. Every. Single. Day.

Commitment to Community
There is a project that has been in the news that we’re excited to be in a unique position to help make happen.

While we’re not in the driver’s seat on the possible multi-use community facility project, we can help put gas in the truck through provisions of the Rural Development Act. Horry Electric has about $400,000 per year that could either be sent to the State Tax Commission in Columbia or be kept in Horry County for the purpose of economic development.

We think it’s much better to keep the funds here at home. The possibilities are without limit and it will create much-needed jobs.

Integrity and Innovation
Members come first at Horry Electric. Every day. That’s the power of co-op membership. As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, we deliver energy to members at the cost of service and not for the profit of any shareholders.

We are always looking forward. Whether it’s exploring renewable energy projects or developing programs to promote energy efficiency, we celebrate innovation at all levels.

Accountability
We are local people, serving you. Accountability is important. We are excited about a new law passed in 2019, designed to augment our accountability to you.

Effective January 1, a member with an unresolved dispute regarding disconnection of service due to electric bill nonpayment may file a complaint with the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) Customer Care Department pursuant to S.C. Code of Laws Section 33-49-255. ORS Customer Care can be contacted at 1-800-922-1531 or online at www.ors.sc.gov/consumers. ORS cannot assist cooperative members in establishing payment arrangements to avoid service interruption.

This is an option if we, for example, fail to adhere to standard protocols for disconnection. For regular accounts, there is a 25-day allowance from the date of billing. Advance Pay participants get a negative balance notification the day prior to disconnection and disconnects are scheduled no earlier than 10 a.m.

Stay tuned. Other aspects of the new law will be shared in the magazine as they go into effect over the next two years.

February edition of SCL online now!

The February 2020 edition of South Carolina Living magazine has been uploaded to horryelectric.com!  It will be delivered to mailboxes of subscribing members soon!Feb 2020 HEC Cover

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

  • CEO Column– Built on a strong foundation; co-op principles plus four core values that represent the cooperative difference
  • Linemen on and off the field: Horry Electric’s linemen reflect on the 2019 Touchstone Energy Bowl Demo Day; One proud mom talks about her son and the game
  • Various co-op news: 2020 W.I.R.E. Jenny Ballard scholarship available; Apply now for $,1500 W.I.R.E. scholarship; Deadline approaching for summer youth trips
  • Lineman by day, bladesmith by trade: a continuation of our series on the Local People Serving You at Horry Electric: Shawn Gore
  • SC Lineman’s Rodeo: Get ready to rodeo! The Lineman’s Rodeo is happening in March 2020 at Horry Electric!

February 21 application deadline for two great opportunities for students!

combined_WYT_CYS_verticalElectric Cooperative Washington Youth Tour for High School Juniors:  Experience Washington D.C. with nearly 1500 high school juniors from across South Carolina and the country, meeting lawmakers and touring all the sights.

Cooperative Youth Summit for High School Sophomores: Experience South Carolina’s capital like never before! Tour the Statehouse, meet lawmakers and see how co-ops are preparing for our state’s energy future. Plus, there’s plenty of time to visit Columbia’s popular attractions, including Riverbanks Zoo!

A personal interview is part of the selection process for all Horry Electric representatives. Study materials are sent to nominated students well in advance of the date scheduled for the process of selecting the four sophomore representatives Cooperative Youth Summit and the four junior representatives for Washington Youth Tour.

youth tour adApplications are available in an online submission format for the Cooperative Youth Summit and for the Electric Cooperative Washington Youth Tour.

You can also download a copy of the 2020 Youth Summit application or the 2020 Electric Cooperative Washington Youth Tour application and submit them in paper form.

Find out more

Horry Electric Cooperative’s Youth Tour Coordinator is Toni Gore, who can be reached at 843.369.6359 or toni.gore@horryelectric.com

 

We want to hear from you

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JANUARY 2020 as printed in South Carolina Living Magazine

Daniel B. Shelley, III
Executive Vice President and CEO

WE LIVE in a device-driven world. Our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and an assortment of other devices help us communicate and connect. Companies spend billions pushing out a steady drumbeat of messages and information, and we are constantly bombarded with one-way communication. But is anyone listening on the other end?

At Horry Electric Cooperative, we are not only listening, but we are also eager to hear from you. Whether you text us, respond to a survey or social media post, send an email, or simply stop by and chat in person, we thrive on your feedback. Connecting with you helps us keep pace with our community’s priorities and needs.

Because we are a cooperative, we have a different way of operating. Horry Electric exists to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to you, the members of the co-op. Equally important is our mission to enrich the lives of the members we serve. We hope you
will consider us not only your energy provider and advisors but also as a local
business that supports this community and powers economic development and
prosperity for the people.

We believe communication is two-way. We provide a lot of information in a variety of ways including text messaging, South Carolina Living magazine, several social media channels and even periodic email blasts. We ask for and invite feedback through all of those channels, as well as in person and by phone.we are social

We also conduct The Cooperative Difference Survey each year to gather feedback so we can plan for new initiatives, technical upgrades and improvements on existing co-op programs and services. Our planning is led by local members just like you who understand the needs of the community and are looking out for the long-term
interests of the larger community.

We are in the midst of significant changes in the energy sector, as technology and the drive for more renewables and a more balanced energy mix is impacting long-term planning. These are complex issues that we will be navigating in the coming years. This is why it’s so important that we hear from you and other community members as we plot our course for the future. We can only improve, adapt and effectively plan for the future if we have two-way communication.

For our co-op and community to thrive now and in the future, we depend on hearing from you. I hope you will connect with us and let us know your perspective. We’re listening.

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.

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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 horryelectric.com!  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!

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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 susan.brown@horryelectric.com.

WIRE Scholarship Criteria and Application 2020