America's energy system is undergoing a fundamental transformation. Much of the focus related to energy issues in Washington is on large utilities in urban areas. But electric cooperatives are different. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative is owned by its members, and we care about the future of your family and our communities.
Blue Ridge works hard to recognize and meet the needs of your family and neighbors to provide affordable, reliable power to the communities we serve. But energy affordability and reliability mean different things to different communities. Members living in the most rural areas of America have a different set of challenges than members in more populated areas.
Elected officials need to hear from their constituents about the issues that matter to them to make decisions regarding what is best for those they represent—their constituents. By building relationships with our representatives, we can influence the outcome of public policy debates that affect the way cooperatives operate. This is why Blue Ridge Electric is partnering with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) to make it easier for members to join the discussion and let our voices be heard.
Voices for Cooperative Power (VCP) is a new nationwide community designed to help co-op members like you share your story with elected officials. We know that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to energy policies. As an electric cooperative member, speaking up on issues that impact your electric co-op sends a message to elected officials about the needs of our communities—and their constituencies. VCP makes it easy to have a say in policy decisions that impact you.
VCP members will receive updates on important issues and, when needed, information on how to contact elected officials and government agencies on proposed legislation or regulations.
It’s quick and easy to join VCP. Simply visit voicesforcooperativepower.com or check out Voices for
Cooperative Power on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@voices4coops).
We cannot shape the future of energy at Blue Ridge and across the United States without your input. Co-ops have democracy built into their business models, so we encourage you to use your voice to help ensure that Blue Ridge Electric can continue to provide reliable, affordable energy to consumer-members like you for generations to come.