BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–Berkeley Electric Cooperative held its Annual Meeting of Members on Saturday, November 11th at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson.
During his keynote speech, CEO Dwayne Cartwright assured members that there is no need for rate increases in the coming year and predicted stable rates for the next several years. Cartwright also noted that early next year Berkeley Electric will be the first electric cooperative in South Carolina to reach 100,000 member-accounts, due to rapid growth in its service territory. He also highlighted the Cooperative’s Community Solar and Beat the
Peak initiatives which will help members keep their bills under control. Cartwright also delivered the good news that members would be receiving an Energy Rebate credited to their November bills in addition to $3 million in Capital Credits being returned in December.
Berkeley Electric Cooperative welcomed two new board members to its nine-member board – Robert Vandross, District 1 and Sam Gourdine, District 4. Over 9,100 members voted in the trustee elections with the results as follows:
• District 1: Robert Vandross – 2,619; Sandy Mullinax – 2,223; Robert Grooms – 1,917; Leonard Volf – 1,267; Joseph Shirah – 605
• District 4: Sam Gourdine – 4,324; Michael Moore – 4,118
• District 7: Connie Shuler (incumbent) – unopposed
As member-owned electric cooperative, Berkeley Electric must assemble a quorum of its members to conduct the business of the cooperative each year.
Berkeley Electric Cooperative is Touchstone Energy Cooperative and is the largest member-owned electric cooperative in the state with over 97,000 member-accounts in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.