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Since the beginning of COVID-19, Blue Ridge Energy made the decision to suspend disconnects, waive late fees and offer special payment plans to assist our members and customers during this difficult time. While the decision had already been made to extend these special circumstances until August, Gov. Cooper issued a new Executive Order 142 on May 30 outlining the same timeline. We encourage everyone (including Flexpay members) to continue paying your energy bill to avoid a large balance at the end of this crisis. Call us at 1-800-451-5474 to set up a special payment plan.
New Corporate Office
Blue Ridge Energy is in the final stages of construction of a new corporate office replacing the original facility which was built half a century ago. The corporate office is the hub for member and customer operations for all three Blue Ridge companies and the services we provide.
Cooperative management and Board made the decision to build after estimates for renovating the current building came in close to the cost for a new building. Other considerations included the disruption in service and a very important feature — a weather hardened dispatch/operations center: the hub for coordinating safe, reliable electricity flow.
The $18 million project is located in front of the current corporate office at 1216 Blowing Rock Blvd. and construction is projected to be complete first quarter of 2020. The new building will not affect rates, as costs have been carefully planned and spread out over the next 30 years, requiring no debt for the new facility.
More information was shared with all members in the 2019 September issue of Membership Matters which mailed on August 24.
Honored to have around 100 join us for the groundbreaking of the new corporate office for the cooperative and its two subsidiary companies. Speakers included Mike Labrose, vice chair of Caldwell County Commission; Joe Gibbons, mayor of Lenoir; Deborah Murray, executive director of Caldwell County Economic Development Commission; and Jeff Joines, president of Blue Ridge Energy Board of Directors.