Members due a capital credits refund of $25 or more will be mailed a check, along with capital credits information, on May 7. Members due less than $25 are receiving their capital credits refunds in the form of a credit on their May electric bill. The amount of each refund is based on that member’s use of electricity.
All cooperative members are receiving a bill insert about capital credits to alert them of the return of these funds. Information can also be found in the Membership Matters newsletter inside Carolina Country magazine or at www.BlueRidgeEMC.com.
Capital credits are a unique benefit to members belonging to a cooperative. Each member is also an owner of Blue Ridge Electric, and that ownership is represented by capital credits. Capital credits are the capital of the cooperative, used to provide reliable electricity, until they’re retired in the form of a refund to members. Each year, the Board of Directors decides on the capital credits retirement based on the financial health of the cooperative.
Since its inception, Blue Ridge Electric has returned more than $33.5 million back to its members in annual capital credits retirements.
Blue Ridge Electric is not-for-profit, member owned electric cooperative some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties as well as parts of Wilkes, Avery, and Alexander counties.