More than $28,000 awarded to nonprofits through PEC, Power of Change

Cooperative, members give grants to six local nonprofits

Twenty applications were submitted during the fall 2017 application period for PEC Community Grants, and it’s our pleasure to award $28,237 to six local nonprofit organizations in our service territory.


  • Bergheim Volunteer Fire Department
    For the purchase and installation of iPads in three emergency vehicles. The iPads will help improve response times, coordination between responding agencies, mapping and area accessibility, 911 communication and weather updates.
  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas
    For the installation of a photovoltaic system at Camp Texlake’s Nature Center.
  • Marble Falls Senior Activity Center
    For the purchase of a computer and printer, the installation of software and the establishment of a system network. The upgrades will help with management and functionality of the center.
  • YMCA of Austin
    For the purchase of new swimming pool pumps for the Hays Communities YMCA. The pumps will be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.


  • Texas Museum of Science and Technology in Cedar Park
    For the purchase of materials to create a hands-on education exhibit with solar panels at the museum.


  • Candlelight Ranch in Marble Falls
    For the purchase of four computers, a printer, tables and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The technology upgrades will help with the nonprofit’s efficiency and their onsite communications.

PEC Community Grants are funded, in part, by our members through our Power of Change program. Participants’ electric bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar, and the combined funds are used to supplement PEC Community Grants and our education contributions. In spring 2017, we awarded $5,000 each to The Science Mill in Johnson City and the Twin Sisters Dance Hall Club in Blanco.

Members can enroll in our Power of Change program through SmartHub, by phone, on their payment slip or by visiting a PEC district office near them. Visit to learn more.

See how these three local nonprofits were able to better their community with their 2016 grants »