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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.
Joines Receives National Director Gold Certificate Renewal
Jeff Joines of Caldwell County recently received the Director Gold credential renewal from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) as part of his service on the Board of Directors for Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation. In order to earn the credential, electric cooperative directors must complete a variety of courses on topics ranging from finance to technology and then commit to a continuing education requirement throughout their service on the co-op board.
Today’s electric utility environment imposes new demands on electric cooperative directors, particularly for increased knowledge of ongoing changes in the electric utility business, new governance skills and a working knowledge of the cooperative business principles. Blue Ridge Energy has a commitment to work through NRECA to sharpen this body of knowledge for the benefit of their electric cooperative consumer-owners.
NRECA represents more than 900 private, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide electric service to nearly 40 million people in 47 states. Blue Ridge Energy serves some 75,000 member-owners in Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga, Caldwell and parts of Alexander, Avery and Wilkes counties. Learn more at www.BlueRidgeEnergy.com.