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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.
Watauga Students Awarded Scholarships from Blue Ridge Energy
Blue Ridge Energy recently awarded $33,000 in college scholarships to 12 students across its service area seeking to further their academic goals. The scholarships are part of the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track program designed to help high school students better prepare for acceptance into the college of their dreams. In Watauga County, three students received a total of $8,000.
The recipients are:
Aaron Lubkemann, son of Jonathan and Michelle Lubkemann, $2,000 to attend Appalachian State University;
Jackson Markus, son of Jerry and Amy Markus, $2,000 to attend East Tennessee State University;
Mary Louise Sprague, daughter of David and Diane Sprague, $4,000 to attend North Carolina State University.
Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track students begin college preparations in their freshman or sophomore year and develop leadership, interview and public speaking skills while preparing for the college acceptance process. As seniors, Leadership Track students are invited to apply for renewable scholarships worth up to $4,000 each.
This year marks the 60th year Blue Ridge has awarded college scholarships. To date, 474 area students and citizens have received $511,000 to help them attend the college of their choice.
For more information about the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track, visit our website, BlueRidgeEnergy.com, click on “Community” tab or contact Grey Scheer, director of community relations, at 759-8994 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
Blue Ridge Energy serves 76,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties as well as parts of Wilkes, Avery, and Alexander counties. The cooperative also has two subsidiary companies, Blue Ridge Energy Propane and Fuels which serves residential and commercial customers, and RidgeLink, a business-to-business telecommunications and broadband provider.