Watching storm pass on a power outage map: ‘It’s spooky.’

While Laurens Electric continues to monitor and prepare, co-ops in the low-country are already experiencing power outages. A slow-motion movie plays on the electric cooperatives’ outage map, as predictions turn to reality and Hurricane Florence tracks inland, back down the coast and inland again. Power outages will follow. The counties will turn from green, with the…


Power repair work could be delayed by slow-moving storm

The predicted slow movement of Hurricane Florence across South Carolina could delay the beginning of repairs, and that could mean extended power outages. Line crews cannot begin repair work until it is safe to work outside. “If this thing slow-walks across the state, the first consumers to lose power could be off for an extra…


Line crews staging to assist electric cooperatives in storm aftermath

At least 500 lineworkers have arrived in South Carolina or are on their way to assist electric cooperatives whose members may lose power during Hurricane Florence. Another 250 lineworkers from surrounding states are on standby. Electric cooperatives’ power distribution system—at 75,000 miles of line, more than all other utilities in the state combined—is spread over…


Laurens Electric Cooperative actively monitoring Hurricane Florence

Laurens Electric Cooperative is actively monitoring Hurricane Florence. As of Monday, most storm prediction models show South Carolina as being in the cone of uncertainty. However, as with Hurricane Irma this time last year, even if Florence does not make a direct hit on our state, heavy rainfall and high wind can cause outages. As…


Pay It Forward – August 2018 – Stacy Tumblin

August’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Customer Service Supervisor Stacy Tumblin, paid forward $250 each to local causes that support veterans. Service Dogs for Veterans (SD4V) complements the traditional treatment for Veterans with PTSD, TBI, and MST, by training them and a dog to become highly effective service dog teams. According to…


Pay It Forward – July 2018 – Melissa Bryan

July’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Budget Analyst Melissa Bryan, paid forward $500 to the South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Melissa, herself a survivor, said “the organization provides support to patients as they are dealing with the anxiety and uncertainty of an ovarian cancer diagnoses.  On my first day in the chemo…


Upgrades to protect customer information

Beginning July 1, this upgrade will cause some of our members with older internet browsers to get an error when trying to access their billing page. Find out if you will be affected at https://help.crossbrowsertesting.com/faqs/testing/wont-page-load-older-browsers/. Or download one of the following internet browsers that are compatible with the upgrades: Chrome https://www.google.com/chrome/ Firefox https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/ Internet Explorer…


Pay It Forward – June 2018 – Greg Davis

June’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Lineman Greg Davis, paid forward $500 toward a 529 College Savings Plan for a child who lost his father earlier in June. Chad Tolbert passed away on June 2nd, 2018, leaving behind his eight year old son Landen. In Chad’s honor, his friends and family started the college…


Laurens student earns statewide honor during Youth Tour

Peyton Crowder of Laurens has been selected as the South Carolina Youth Leadership Council delegate during the Washington Youth Tour. The son of Eddie and Angie Crowder, Peyton is representing Laurens Electric Cooperative on the annual educational trip. He is one of 69 students sponsored by South Carolina’s electric co-ops who visiting the nation’s capital…


Sharing a good time—and good news at LEC’s 2018 Annual Meeting

LAURENS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE was pleased to welcome 2,855 members and many guests to our 2018 Annual Meeting June 2. If you couldn’t make it, please allow me to recap the highlights: Stable rates: Your co-op is one of the fastest growing in the state, I noted in my report. Our finances remain sound. Thanks in…


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