It only takes a brief mention of the area’s growth to spark a conversation in the Texas Hill Country. From booming new subdivisions and commercial spaces to road construction, schools, and infrastructure being built to support the expansion; growth is evident and it’s happening in most of our communities.
Focusing on how best to serve our growing membership is a top priority for PEC, and we are committed to continue providing safe, reliable, and low-cost power to all our members for years to come.
Over the last five years, we have set record-breaking growth across the co-op. U.S. Census data shows three counties in PEC’s service area — Hays, Williamson, and Comal — are among the fastest growing in the nation. In 2021, PEC added meters at a record pace and welcomed more new members than ever before. We also know that handling growth requires thoughtful planning. To best support this growth, our crews built more than 580 miles of new line last year, enough to reach from Austin to El Paso.
The chart above captures PEC’s accounts since 1980. We also realize there is more ahead. No matter our size, we will always be here for you. PEC is your co-op — uniquely yours as a member-owner. We are dedicated to delivering the best possible service, while caring for our members and communities.
Tackling supply chain challenges
Recent global events have caused significant impacts in production and delays for manufacturers worldwide. Demand is growing faster than supply. This coupled with PEC’s record-breaking growth has made it challenging to acquire all materials needed for construction. These supply chain issues are not exclusive to PEC, and are also affecting other utilities and industries across the country.
Still, we are hard at work addressing supply — adding distributors and suppliers, and exploring solutions. With current supply trends expected to continue into the foreseeable future, you can help by submitting construction plans to PEC as early as possible. We can help plan for potential delays.
PEC takes tremendous pride in working with our local communities. We will continue to build and plan for the future with Central Texas’ growth in mind.