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Since the beginning of COVID-19, Blue Ridge Energy has worked to assist our members during this difficult time. With the expiration of Gov. Cooper's Executive Orders 124 and 142, Blue Ridge remains committed in our efforts by continuing to suspend disconnects and waiving penalty and late fees for electric members until October. However, we encourage everyone with a past due balance (including Flexpay members) to call us by August 31 at 1-800-451-5474 to set up a special payment plan or ask us about crisis assistance from the In This Together Relief Fund.
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.