Congratulations to AnaMaria Garcia-Solis of Sharon, whose question was selected to be answered this month, and she received $25.
Question: Is it possible to pick and choose your electric supplier? How is it that some homes are served by YEC and others on the same street are served by another provider?
Answer: Electric cooperatives were first formed in the 1930s when it became evident that established power companies were not ready to supply power to people living in rural America. YEC was founded in 1941 by a group of farmers and businessmen who realized that the only way to bring electric power to rural York County was to do it themselves. Over the years, the population growth significantly increased, making the lines between territories for electric companies much closer. Territories for each utility were determined by the Public Service Commission of South Carolina to plan for this growth and, in some cases, the line that determines this territory may now be right across your street. That’s why you may be served by YEC and your neighbor by another provider. Today, territorial assignments continue to be monitored and governed by the Public Service Commission of South Carolina. The electric provider is determined by the area in which you live.
YEC services portions of Cherokee, Chester, Lancaster and York counties and is one of 20 electric cooperatives in South Carolina.
To enter the contest, submit your question by emailing it to or by mailing it to YEC, P.O. Box 150, York, SC 29745, Attention: SCL Q & A.
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