Energy audits available for 40 SC farms

central_electric_-_ag_audit_-_program_flyer[1]FARMERS on Horry Electric Cooperative’s distribution system can apply for a limited number of discounted energy audits available in South Carolina.

Central Electric Power Cooperative, the power supply aggregator for Horry Electric and 19 other South Carolina co-ops, was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office to provide energy audits to 40 farms in South Carolina. The audits will meet ASABE Standard 612 criteria and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

The South Carolina Agricultural Energy Audit Program will provide discounted energy audits to help identify projects that reduce farms’ energy costs through efficiency and demand reduction. Once approved applicants’ audits have been completed, a representative from Horry Electric Cooperative will discuss these energy-saving opportunities with the farmer.

The audit can be used to apply for USDA grants and incentives through several programs including the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  Please note that you are required to pay for 25 percent of the cost of your energy audit.  The cost will depend on the size and complexity of your operation and will be determined during a follow-up call once you have submitted this application.  

SC Agriculture Energy Audit Program flyer

SC Agriculture Energy Audit Program Application



January SCL hit mailboxes this weekend

januarycoverscl2019The January 2019 edition of South Carolina Living magazine hit mailboxes this weekend and it’s available online!

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 Horry Electric January 2019 edition has six pages dedicated to local news about your co-op. Highlights include:

  • CEO column – Resolve to modify energy use. We provide the tools; you take advantage
  • Attention High School Juniors! – applications being accepted for Youth Tour/Youth Summit
  • Horry Extra:  CCU students help VFW post add solar power
  • Grinding of Greens for 2019; Energy Experts available for group presentations and call goes out for HEC WIRE Scholarship applications.

Scholarship opportunity for HS Seniors

scwireHorry Electric’s chapter of W.I.R.E. (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) is offering a $1500 scholarship to an eligible high school senior who plans on attending either Coastal Carolina University or Horry Georgetown Technical College in the Fall of 2019.  The applicant must be the child or dependent of a member of Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc. and live in the home with the member in order to qualify.

The scholarship award is for one academic year for an entering freshman. $750 will be given for the fall semester. An additional $750 will be given for the spring semester, contingent upon meeting the 2.5 GPR requirement.

Scholarship Criteria includes:

  1. Applicant must be a member or dependent of a member of Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc. and must live in the home with the Member of Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  1. Awards are for one academic year for an entering freshman. $750.00 will be given for the fall semester; an additional $750.00 will be given for the spring semester contingent up meeting the G.P.R. requirement.  One $1500.00 total scholarship.
  1. Scholarship recipient must have at least a cumulative 2.5 G.P.R. at the end of the first semester of college to receive the second-semester scholarship balance of $750.00. Copies of grades need to be given to Susan Brown at the end of the first semester when registering for the second semester to receive the final check.
  1. Loans and/or college work-study awards received in addition to this scholarship do not reduce its’ full value in any way.
  1. In accepting this scholarship, the student gives consent to the release of grades and other relevant information to the scholarship sponsor at the end of each semester.
  1. All applications must be received by Horry Electric’s WIRE Group by Friday, March 1st, 2019. Applications received after Friday, March 1, 2019, are NOT eligible.
  1. Applicants must be attending Coastal Carolina University or Horry-Georgetown Technical College only. Disbursement of these funds will be handled by Coastal Carolina University or Horry-Georgetown Technical College as per their procedures. (12th-grade seniors who plan to attend CCU or HGTC may apply.)
  1. In the event there is no qualified applicant, the scholarship is suspended for that year.
  1. In the event that the scholarship recipient receives the first $750 for the Fall Semester and does not maintain GPR and/or drops out of school, the balance of the scholarship is suspended for that applicant and for the remainder of that school year/spring semester. And suspended indefinitely for that student.
  1. Financial need will be an important consideration in determining a winner.
  1. Students may be asked to participate in an interview process as a final step in this process; however, by completing and returning the application is no guarantee that every applicant will gain an interview. Those selected for an interview will be contacted

Applications have been sent to all high schools in Horry County and are available for students through the guidance counselor. Students can also download and print the application from this news story. All applications should be mailed to Mrs. Susan Brown – WIRE SCHOLARSHIP; Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Post Office Box 119; Conway, South Carolina; 29528-0119

Application deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019. Fax copies are not accepted. All instructions are specified on the application.

WIRE Scholarship Criteria for 2019

WIRE Scholarship Application 2019

Questions?  Call 843.369.2211 or email Mrs. Susan Brown.


combined_wyt_cys_verticalTwo opportunities. One application.

All expenses paid! FREE! 

Youth Tour

Experience Washington, D.C., with 1,500 high school juniors from across South Carolina and the country, meeting lawmakers and touring all the sights. Horry Electric will cover your round-trip plane ticket, tours, and meals.  You pay nothing. It’s FREE! 

Cooperative Youth Summit

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 fun with visits to popular Columbia attractions. Horry Electric covers all of your expenses. It’s FREE! 

We will be sponsoring four students on each trip. Did we tell you all expenses would be paid?

Apply by February 22, 2019.  A form that can be downloaded and printed is available on or you can apply online by clicking on the graphic! electric cooperative youth tour big banner






Local high school stars selected to the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl

Three football players representing two local high schools were selected to lead the South squad for the 2018 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl on December 15.

Among the 88 players selected to the high school all-star game is  JB Favorite of Myrtle Beach High School; Marcus Grissette of Myrtle Beach High School and Kenney Solomon of Socastee High School.  

“These young men bring pride to their schools, to their communities, and their local cooperative,” said James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO of Horry Electric.  “As a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, we are very proud to be a part of this honored South Carolina football tradition.”

Coaches reviewed nearly 450 nominations to come up with the final roster—44 players on the South squad and 44 players on the North. Don Frost of Christ Church High School will lead the North team this year.  Dwayne Garrick of Barnwell High School will lead the South squad.  The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Coastal Carolina’s Brooks Stadium.

Flo was a slow, very wet mess


Recovery took all hands on deck, including yours

HURRICANE PREPARATIONS WENT into effect before the winds of Hurricane Florence
were felt anywhere on the South Carolina coast.

Hurricane Florence began hitting us on Thursday, September 13. In anticipation of possible impact on our system, our storm plan went into effect as soon as it began to look like Florence might possibly head our way. Equipment was checked, supplies were secured, manpower was lined up and we finalized arrangements with our statewide association, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina.

We put our communications plan for major weather events into play and began communicating with members. We advised members who needed electricity for medical equipment to evacuate, and we warned that outages could last multiple days.

Flo went into slo-mo
The first confirmed outage was at 4:20 p.m. on Thursday. Crews worked that evening until wind speeds forced them back inside to wait out the storm. Wind speeds above 35 mph prevent crews from doing any bucket work.

More than 32,000 members were in the dark as high winds and heavy rains knocked out power. That’s nearly half of our members.

We caught a real break when the storm’s eye passed through our area. The winds actually died down and the storm slowed down. Repair crews, who were waiting for conditions to be deemed safe enough to work, took advantage of the opportunity. Relief crews were activated.

The storm still raged, but not to the degree crews couldn’t work. The storm was still dumping heavy rain, but the wind speeds hovered just under the limits that prevent crews from working. There were tornado warnings, but that didn’t slow crews down for even a minute.

The day started with 32,000 members out of power, but we ended it with all but 7,000 restored. By the end of the second day, the number was down to 250.

At 5:23 p.m. on Monday, September 17, everyone who was able to receive service had power restored.

Team effort
As of the writing of this column, we’re waiting on the full impact of Florence Part II. She has dumped a lot of rain in her path. We’ve released all of the crews from sister cooperatives, and the contract crews that aren’t part of our everyday workload have returned to their locations.

We had as many hard hats, bucket trucks and service trucks out in the field as we could safely manage. All they needed to keep them going were prayer, patience and understanding.

That’s where you, our members, made a difference. In all of my years of working storms, this has to have been the most interesting. Power was restored in record time, and the outpouring of support from our members through our three social media channels was
overwhelming. We had three channels running and you ran right along with us. The crews also tell me that members were waving, honking and shouting “THANK YOU” while they were working the lines. You kept them going. You were an inspiration.

On behalf of all of us at Horry Electric–THANK YOU. When we said “all hands on deck,” you added your hands and your hearts. We felt it, and working cooperatively, we put our co-op back together. What a team!

October South Carolina Living is online NOW!

The October 2018 edition of South Carolina Living magazine won’t be delivered to mailboxes until mid-month, but you can get a jump on the content by viewing it online!


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 Horry Electric October 2018 edition has six pages dedicated to local news about your co-op. Highlights include:

  • CEO column – Hurricane Florence summary update
  • Hurricane Florence – Thank you!
  • Horry Extra:  Beat the Peak – It’s working!
  • October is National Cybersecurity Month
  • Payment Options – Paying your bills has never been easier!