Palmetto Electric

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Palmetto Electric Cooperative Inc.
Industry Electric Utility
Founded 1940
Headquarters Ridgeland, South Carolina
Website Palmetto Electric

Palmetto Electric Cooperative Inc. is a non-profit electric utility cooperative headquartered in Ridgeland, South Carolina. It has a membership of approximately 66,000 customers.[1]


Palmetto Electric was formed in 1940 by a group of residents in response to the lack of service in rural areas by investor-owned utility companies. By 1942, the company began servicing Hampton County. Shortly thereafter, they began servicing Jasper County. In 1950, they energized the first lines to Hilton Head Island.[1]


Palmetto Electric Cooperative is governed by 12 trustees, six of whom reside in Beaufort County, three of whom reside in Hampton County, and three of whom reside in Jasper County. Board members serve terms of three years each.[2] As of January 2012, elected persons include:

  • Deborah Malphrus, Chairman, Jasper County
  • C. Alex Ulmer, Vice Chairman, Beaufort County
  • Jeremiah E. Vaigneur, Secretary-Treasurer, Jasper County

Service area[edit]

Palmetto Electric services Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties. There are offices located in the towns of Hampton, Hilton Head, Hardeeville, and Ridgeland.[3]


Energy sources[edit]

Palmetto Electric receives 100% of its energy from Santee Cooper.


  1. ^ a b "History". Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Board of Directors". Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Service Area". Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Affiliations". Retrieved 23 January 2012.