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BBB has determined that Laurens Electric Cooperative meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 16 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that raised the rating for Laurens Electric Cooperative include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 7 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.
  • BBB has sufficient background information on this business.

Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

7 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 2 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 5
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 2
Total Closed Complaints 7

Additional Information

BBB file opened: August 22, 2002 Business started: 06/01/1939 Business incorporated: 05/15/1939 in SC
Type of Entity

Cooperative Association

Business Management
Mr. Jim Donahoo, Marketing Director Mr. Lewis Harrison, Chairman of the Board Mr. J David Wasson, C.E.O.
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Jim Donahoo, Marketing Director
Business Category

Electric Companies

Additional Locations

  • 11471 Highway 221

    Woodruff, SC 29388

  • 1201 E Butler Road

    Greenville, SC 29607 (800) 942-3141

  • 2254 Highway 14

    Laurens, SC 29360

  • 406 N Main Street

    Joanna, SC 29351

  • P O Box 700

    Laurens, SC 29360


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Additional Phone Numbers

  • (864) 288-7412(Phone)
  • (864) 682-3141(Phone)
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Complaint Detail(s)

5/5/2014 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: I am a single woman who lives alone in a small two bedroom house and for the past six months my power bill increased by five to ten dollars each month. I am on average pay plan and according to the Laurens Electric Cooperative I am using 46 kilowatts daily.??? When I notice that my power bill was increasing I turned off and unplugged the well pump and freezer. I mentioned this to the customer service associate that I did not understand why my power was so high and increasing monthly. She looked at my account and said, "Well, we all had an unusually cold weather and we were all affected by the cold but your kilowatts is going down. You just have to bear with this a little longer." I am wondering if my bill is $169.00 because I am in average pay plan? Do they total everyone that is in average pay plan bill then average it out amongst everyone? I have a friend in another cooperative and his average kilowatts is only five kilowatts daily. I have been reading my meter daily and I have only used seven to nine kilowatts daily. I do not know how Laurens Electric Cooperative came up with forty six kilowatts daily? Could someone look into my account help me fix this before Laurens Electric Cooperative charge me two hundred and fifty dollars? I mean this is ridiculous!

Desired Settlement: I believe that I was over charged by at least eighty dollars monthly. Could someone look into my account help me fix this. My account number is*******

Business Response: We have responded to the member regarding this high bill compliant. Thanks, ***

Consumer Response: Better Business Bureau:

I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID********, and have determined that this does not resolve my complaint. 


********* ******

Power bill increasing every month - will contact Dept. of Agriculture regarding accuracy of meter and will also check out home for issues that may contribute to higher power bills.  

BBB's Final Determination: BBB determined that while the business addressed the complaint issues, the complanant was dissatisfied and the matter was outside the BBB Rules of Arbitration.

4/17/2014 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: In 2006 or 2007 Laurens Electric hired ****** **** to install additional electrical equipment. In the installation process they bored through my sewer line and on March 8, 2014 the line finally malfunctioned as a result of the damage and sewer water back flowed into the house. ** ****** called Laurens Electric and they cam out and a rep from Laurens Electric confirmed the damage was their fault. They told me they would pay for everything and now that I have submitted the claim they are having me track down the insurance company and owner of ****** ****. It has been over a month and I have incurred over $10,000 in damages and still no payment. Lauren Electric hired ****** **** who performed the work at their direction and are ultimately responsible for the damage.

Desired Settlement: I would like for Laurens Electric to pay the damages, lost time, hotel stays. and inconvenience for the tenants.

Consumer Response: Better Business Bureau:

I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID ********, and Laurens Electric is working to resole the issue.  It has not however been resolved, but at least now the right people from Laurens Electric are talking to me and they have assigned an insurance adjuster. 


***** *******

BBB's Final Determination: Consumer accepted resolution offered by the business.

8/19/2013 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: I received my electric bill and the bill was considerably high ($298.50) for an apartment. I questioned the apartment main office as to the am average cost for the same size apartment. It was half of my bill and the manager said for me to contact Laurens electric to report an error. I contacted Laurens electric and the customer service representative told me in no uncertain terms they would not send anyone. I was told I would need to contact the apartment office for them to resolve. I tried to ask if Laurens electric measures the meter and sends the bill, why would it be necessary for me to have the apartment office resolve the issue? I requested someone from Laurens electric to come to check and see if there is an electrical issue and the ****** rep told me they do not do that because a bill is to high. Understandably so, if indeed I were in my previous home of 2500 sq ft would I have thought it a bit higher however, I live in a small apartment with NOONE above me and recently had neighbors move below me. There is not a meter for every apartment. There are four meters on one side of building. I do not believe my bill was correct though they refused to acknowledge there could have been error and they denied my request to send anyone out to check on the meters. They insisted I pay the full bill.

Desired Settlement: I would like for them to check the meters and if there is a chance error was made I would like them to adjust my bill accordingly.

Business Response: ---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: *** ******* **************************
Date: Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 7:50 AM
Subject: complaint #9628529
To: ""

In regard to compliant #******** the issue has been resolved with the customer. We sent a representative to her house to test the meter and found no problem.
For some reason, I was unable to write text in the your response form.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks, *** 
***** ** *******
Laurens Electric Cooperative
Phone: ************     Mobile: ************

BBB's Final Determination: Business offered a resolution. Consumer did not pursue further with BBB and the matter was assumed to be resolved

BBB Comments: The consumer did not reply back to the BBB within its timeframe to accept or reject the company's response.

4/2/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: I've lived in this new single family house for seven years now just my wife and myself and in the years I've live here my electric bill has never been below $200.00 dallors a month I complianed to the company and ask if someone could check the meter to see if the meter was Defective or there was a problem they replied that some one came out in 2010and that there's nothing wrong with the meter I just paid $620.00 dallars for last months bill and this month bill is $478.99 its a single family home. They say its because of the whether I've tried talking to them and have got nowhere. The nieghbors are feeling the same pain there bills are getting redicuelus. I have a friend that has the same exact house in a different location serviced by another electric company in the area and his electric. **** is $60.00 to $80.00 all year around. Please I need some to look in to this matter Thank you for taking the time. Sin. Jose Melendez

Desired Settlement: I would like to save energy and money like the normal working citizen.

Business Response:

We have scheduled a meter test and a representative from LEC will meet member at home.


Thanks, ***

BBB's Final Determination: Business offered a resolution. Consumer did not pursue further with BBB and the matter was assumed to be resolved

BBB Comments: If applicable, an account or reference number, a copy of correspondence that was received from the company etc. 

3/14/2013 Billing/Collection Issues
7/21/2012 Billing/Collection Issues
3/22/2012 Billing/Collection Issues