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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.
Tyler Reese Named Caldwell District Manager
Tyler Reese has been promoted to district manager of Blue Ridge Energy’s Caldwell district office, where he has worked as a member service representative since 2013.
Reese joined the cooperative in 2011, however, his career with Blue Ridge Energy began earlier as a college intern in the Watauga district office. That experience revealed to Reese a calling to the cooperative way of putting people, its members and communities first.
“After graduating from college, an opportunity came to serve the members of Blue Ridge as a member service representative in Ashe County,” said Reese. “I was able to come back home to Caldwell after a short time and continue building on my knowledge of the cooperative through leadership training and development. I am honored to serve our community and work with the many wonderful organizations that promote prosperity, education and development now and for future generations,” added Reese.
A Caldwell County native, Reese earned his marketing degree from Appalachian State University in 2009. He and his wife, Elyse, reside in Lenoir with their son, Wade.
Reese works in partnership with Jeff Benfield, operations manager, to lead the Caldwell district team of employees in serving Blue Ridge members and with Ray Mull, Propane and Fuels district manager, to serve the customers of the cooperative’s propane and fuels subsidiary. Reese also has responsibilities for the Caldwell district office showroom sales of propane home and hearth products such as gas logs and fireplaces, water heaters, backup power generators and outdoor living items including fire tables, grills and heaters.
Blue Ridge Energy is a member-owned electric cooperative, serving some 75,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Alexander, Avery and Wilkes counties. The cooperative’s subsidiary, Blue Ridge Energy propane and fuels, provides residential and commercial services in the cooperative’s service area and beyond. Learn more at BlueRidgeEnergy.com.