November 6, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
CITIZENS FOR COOPERATIVE POWER SUCCESSFUL PETITION CERTIFICATION
At this week’s Bushnell City Council meeting, Alex Patton with Ozean Media and Citizens for Cooperative Power (CFCP) addressed the council during the citizens’ forum. Patton advised that Bushnell citizens had recently organized to advocate for a change to the City’s charter.... [Read more]
November 2, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
SECO EMPLOYEE ELECTED TO SOUTH LAKE CHAMBER BOARD
Sumter Electric Cooperative (d/b/a SECO Energy) would like to congratulate Kathy Judkins, Deputy Director of Civic, Charitable & Government Affairs, on her election to the South Lake Chamber of Commerce Board. Judkins’ term is effective January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018... [Read more]
October 6, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
FIVE-YEAR SECO/IBEW LABOR AGREEMENT APPROVED
Sumter Electric Cooperative (d/b/a SECO Energy) announced today that it has reached a new labor agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 108. The agreement is effective October 1, 2015 through October 1, 2020.... [Read more]
August 29, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
10 AM - ERIKA DOWNGRADED TO DEPRESSION
This morning’s NHC advisory repositioned Erika’s eye to the northeast of earlier projections - over eastern Cuba. Erika is now a tropical depression moving west-northwest.
If Erika continues into the Gulf, the projected impacts to SECO are:
- The threat of tornadoes in the southern areas of our service territory... [Read more]
August 28, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
5 PM - ERIKA – WHICH WAY WILL SHE GO?
Erika’s projected course changed again with the 5 p.m. NHC update. The cone of uncertainty was adjusted when the NHC moved the track center more to the west. Erika remains a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, moving at a faster gait west at 21 mph..... [Read more]
August 28, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
9 AM - ERIKA STILL TRACKING TOWARD SOUTH FLORIDA
Overnight, the projected course and intensity of Erika has changed. This morning, the NHC moved the track center to make landfall just south of Miami. Erika remains a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and moving west northwest at 17 mph. Landfall is projected to have winds less than 75 mph and remain a tropical storm. However, the NHC discussion still focuses on uncertainty and a “low confidence” forecast.... [Read more]
August 27, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
ERIKA STILL TRACKING TOWARD SOUTH FLORIDA
Today’s National Hurricane Center advisory still characterizes Erika as a tropical storm with winds at 45 mph and moving west at 16 mph. The center of the storm has re-positioned farther south of its earlier location this morning. Erika will be moving across Puerto Rico and other smaller islands which may further weaken the storm...... [Read more]
August 26, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
ERIKA HEADING FOR FL AS HURRICANE ON MONDAY
As of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Erika is a tropical storm with sustained winds of 40 mph. The storm is moving west at 18 mph and is currently located east of the Leeward Islands. Tropical storm force winds extend over 100 miles from the storm’s center..... [Read more]
August 25, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
TROPICAL STORM ERIKA HEADED THIS WAY
On the heels of the remnants of Danny is Tropical Storm Erika. Per the NHC update today, Erika has sustained winds of 40 mph and is heading west track at 20 mph. The storm is moving much faster than forecasters originally projected.... [Read more]
August 20, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
NHC UPGRADES DANNY TO HURRICANE
As maximum sustained winds increased to 75 mph this morning, the National Hurricane Center announced that Danny has strengthened into the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Hurricane Danny is moving at about 12 mph and is about 1090 miles east of the Caribbean’s Windward Islands... [Read more]
July 24, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
SECO ENERGY EARNS J.D. POWER HIGHEST RANKING; SHOWCASES NEW LOGO
SECO Energy, a not-for-profit cooperative delivering power through nearly 200,000 meters across seven Central Florida counties, ranks highest in among midsize utilities in the South region according to the J.D. Power 2015 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. To commemorate the honor and strengthen the company’s brand identity, a new logo was developed. ... [Read more]
July 1, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
CONVOY EN ROUTE TO FLORIDA PANHANDLE
After a strong line of thunderstorms blew through the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday causing electric service interruptions, SECO Energy was asked this morning to provide restoration assistance to our fellow electric co-op, Talquin Electric. A small convoy of transmission and distribution employees left this morning to answer the call of duty. ... [Read more]
June 30, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
Kathy Judkins Fulfills Term as UNITED WAY Chairwoman
SECO Energy Deputy Director of Community Affairs Kathy Judkins has a passion for community service and is a consummate servant leader. In addition to duties related to her SECO position, Judkins has a long history of public service that extends much further than the regular work week.
Judkins has been involved with the United Way of Marion County for more than 20 years. She served as a cabinet member of the 2010-2011 United Way campaign ... [Read more]
MAY 28, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
SECO Lowers Bills with HOT BUCKS
The "Hot Bucks" credit that appears on SECO bills is getting "hotter" on June 1. It's rare these days to tell a consumer that the cost of anything is dropping, and SECO Energy is proud to deliver this message to its members.
The term "Hot Bucks" actually represents a decrease in one of the components of the bill – the PCA or Power Cost Adjustment. The PCA provides SECO with a factor to accurately bill its members for the fluctuating cost of wholesale power... [Read more]
April 30, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
SECO Energy gives $5000 to Marion Disaster Relief Network
A number of SECO Energy's customers (called members) were affected in last week's tornado that touched down in western Marion County. Recognizing the need to assist the members affected by this disaster, SECO approved a $5,000 donation from the SECO Angel Fund to provide emergency assistance that will be administered by the Marion Disaster Recovery Network... [Read more]
April 28, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
SECO Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners
Jim Duncan, CEO of SECO Energy, today announced that 12 graduating seniors from SECO's service territory have each won $3,000 scholarships.
SECO's scholarship program began in 1996 when the SECO Board of Trustees first approved it. Since then, including this year's winners, SECO has awarded 245 scholarships to deserving high school seniors.
Duncan said, "SECO Energy is a not-for-profit electric co-op, and one of our key operating principles is community support. Investing in today's youth in our area helps develop future leaders and give hope to families that may struggle to pay for college education. This year's award winners from across our service territory are all promising scholars with outstanding potential..." [Read more]
March 30, 2015 NEWS RELEASE
Co-op Difference: Cash, Coffee, Camaraderie
SECO's 2015 Annual Meeting of the membership was held this past Saturday, March 28th. A crowd of more than 3,000 SECO members and guests gathered at the SECO Energy Pavilion on a chilly but sunny morning of fellowship and free breakfast. SECO employees served several thousand sausage-egg-and-cheese biscuits and poured 7,320 cups of fresh-brewed coffee. Members and their guests chowed down on 19,000 cookies, 10,000 donuts and 1,000 apples and bananas... [Read more]
Watch the 2015 Annual Meeting Keynote Address
Did you miss the 2015 Annual Meeting on Saturday? Re-live it by watching now:
Win an iPad mini with SmartHub
Establish a SECO online account on our SmartHub platform by May 15th and your name will be entered in a drawing for a new iPad mini. Read the details in our brochure and FAQ.
2015 Annual Meeting PowerPoint
If you missed something on the PowerPoint slides on Saturday morning, here they are!
2014 Annual Report
"Navigating the Cooperative Purpose" was the theme of Sumter Electric Cooperative's 2014 Annual Report. As you browse these pages, you’ll notice familiar landmarks and lakes that shape our service territory and our members’ lifestyles. Dense vegetation and weather challenges require SECO to proactively address service reliability. Keeping the lights on when storms blow through, maintaining stable rates and providing outstanding customer service are our highest priorities.
[Read the 2014 SECO Annual Report here]
March 1, 2015 News Release
Bushnell Power Grab Means Higher Electric Bills
March 1, 2015 (SUMTERVILLE, Fla.) – Substantial hikes in electric bills for hundreds of Bushnell residents and businesses could be the result if a plan to expand the city's service area goes through. The plan has ignited fierce public opposition. And SECO, the not-for-profit Sumter County electric cooperative utility that serves in the area, is rolling out a public awareness campaign called "Stop the Bushnell Power Grab."... [Read the entire news release here]