2021 HighlightsMarch 2022
SVEC provided new levels of service to it’s members and the community, while navigating through another year of pandemic-related challenges.
To celebrate Arbor Day in Florida, SVEC gave away 150 native red maple trees to co-op members.
SVEC was one of the organizations featured in the county’s “We Are Suwannee” video highlighting local lifestyle and business opportunities.
The LifeSouth bloodmobile made one of its regular visits to SVEC’s office. Employees donated 39 units of blood in 2021, bringing their total to 736 units donated since 2004.
SVEC held its annual meeting in a virtual format because of COVID-19 precautions. Tyler Putnal, Sidney Lord and Andy Walker were reelected to the board of trustees. Members also voted to change the bylaws to explicitly permit meetings to be held virtually and omit the requirement that applicants for new service be approved by the board of trustees.
The co-op returned $1.3 million to its consumer-members in the form of retired capital credits. In 2021, $5.7 million was also returned to members via the monthly Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment (WPCA).
Local high school seniors were awarded $11,000 in scholarships for colleges and trade schools.
Crews from SVEC, contractors and mutual aid cooperatives restored power to over 12,000 consumers in just 24 hours after Tropical Storm Elsa blew through our area on June 7.
The construction of Seminole Electric Cooperative’s new natural gas generation facility reached the halfway point. When complete, the facility will account for approximately half of Seminole’s energy production.
SVEC lineworkers traveled to Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle to help other co-ops restore power after Tropical Storm Fred and Hurricane Ida.
SVEC was proud to lead the first-ever Suwannee Valley Food Fight. Eleven local organizations raised $1,150 and collected 3,470 pounds of food for the Florida Gateway Food Bank.
The construction of a storm yard on SVEC’s property was completed. The site can be used as a base for mutual aid crews and additional equipment after storms.
SVEC launched its newly redesigned website incorporating the latest online technologies, making it easier than ever for members to find the information they need and to do business with the co-op.
Three employees graduated from SVEC’s Apprentice Lineworker Program to become journeymen.
SVEC hosted the fourth annual Suwannee Valley Cornhole Tournament, which raised over $5,700 for United Way of Suwannee Valley.
Hundreds of kids, parents and grandparents enjoyed SVEC’s second-ever Touch-A-Truck event.
The co-op ended the year having achieved record reliability. During 2021, the average number of times a member was without power for five minutes or more was less than two.
Operation Round Up closed out December having awarded $108,566 in grants during 2021, bringing the total to more than $312,814 over the three-year life of the program.