Representatives from Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, including Chief Executive Officer Doug Johnson, joined more than 160 board members and employees from North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives at the state legislature for the co-ops’ annual ‘Rally in Raleigh.’ The group was giving a strong message to legislators about power issues for cooperatives.
Blue Ridge Electric Board of Directors President Kenneth Greene, Vice President Jeff Joines and Secretary Treasurer Joy Coffey, along with Director of Public Relations Renee Whitener, talked to legislators about issues that affect the reliability and cost of the power provided to electric cooperative members.  Whitener said,  “We are always focused on our members and our ability to provide them with affordable, reliable power.  Blue Ridge Electric uses the event as an opportunity to educate legislators on the issues that affect our ability to serve our members and provide the best reliability at the lowest possible cost."
Cooperative employees and board members also took this opportunity to share their successes with projects they are completing in their districts including economic development, grid modernization, energy efficiency, community outreach and more.  North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively provide energy to more than 2.5 million people across 93 of the state’s 100 counties. The 26 cooperatives, including Blue Ridge Electric, are private, independent and not-for-profit entities that have long supported responsible stewardship of the environment balanced with providing safe, affordable, and reliable energy.