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Originally published: 2014-01-23 15:03:59
Last modified: 2014-01-23 15:03:59

Blue Ridge Electric reduces February rates

by Staff Reports

To help members with winter electric bills, the Board of Directors of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation recently approved a temporary rate reduction for all members on February bills.

The typical member using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity monthly will see a $9 reduction. Overall, this reduction will save members of Blue Ridge Electric more than $1 million.


The reduction is possible due to lower than expected wholesale power costs and higher than expected electricity sales as a result of colder than normal weather in recent months. The reduction comes during a month that reflects higher usage -- and therefore bill costs -- due to winter heating, lighting and other factors. Members will receive a $9 reduction for every 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity used.          


Members wanting more information about the cooperative's free energy efficiency saving tools and tips can visit


Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Wilkes and Alexander counties.