You probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your electric cooperative. We get it, and that’s OK. But when you do think of your co-op—and it really is your co-op—we hope you know that our employees and trustees are looking out for you.

Our goal isn’t just delivering reliable electricity at an affordable price. For us, it’s all about improving the quality of life of our members every single day.

From time to time, we check in with you and your fellow co-op members to make sure we’re meeting that goal, and to find out where we can improve. From Nov. 2 until Dec. 15, we—along with most of South Carolina’s other electric cooperatives—collected surveys via email.

The responses were sent off to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI®), one of the oldest and most highly regarded industry satisfaction studies available. ACSI is the real deal, publishing customer satisfaction scores for more than 400 companies across more than 40 industries every year.

I’m pleased to report that Coastal Electric Cooperative earned a 2023 ACSI score of 82 on a 100-point scale.*

For the sake of comparison, our score is much higher than the average rating for investor-owned utilities (72) and municipal utilities (71), according to the 2023 ACSI Utility Sector Report. Our score is even higher than the average scores of other cooperatives across the country (74).

To put it into even clearer perspective, when I think about Chick-fil-A, the first thing that comes to mind is their excellent customer service. Unsurprisingly, the chain earned the fast-food industry’s highest ACSI score in 2023. It was an 85.

I’m honored that our members hold us in such high regard. And I’m excited for the challenge of continuing to meet a standard that has been set so high.

I believe this score is a testament to our employees. I see their commitment to service every day. Clearly, you see it too.

We know there is always room for improvement. That’s why we conduct these surveys, and it’s why we are always looking for ways to better serve you.

To learn more about the ways we’re working for you, visit

On behalf of our employees and board of trustees, thank you for being part of what makes this co-op special.

– Mark Walling, CEO

*Results based on data provided by Coastal Electric Cooperative collected between Nov. 2, 2023, and Dec. 15, 2023. ACSI® did not regulate the survey administration or sample size. ACSI and its logo are registered trademarks of the American Customer Satisfaction Index LLC. For more information, please visit