Blue Ridge will be a competitive, quality provider of energy and other service, maintaining its history of integrity and adapting to the challenges of a changing world. While exercising leadership in the community, the organization's focus will be on exceeding customer expectations.
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative was organized on August 14, 1940. The Cooperative started operations with 1,680 members inherited from the South Carolina Rural Electrification Authority. At the time Blue Ridge was established, only two percent of South Carolina farms had central-station power, versus one hundred percent today. Presently, Blue Ridge serves 64,890 members over 6,900 miles of power line. The cooperative currently has 160 employees and also utilizes a number of contract crews in its line construction and maintenance programs. Another 80 individuals are employed at the cooperative's subsidiary, Blue Ridge Security Solutions.
As a member-owned utility, Blue Ridge places a premium on providing dependable service. Every aspect of the cooperative's operation is member-driven, as opposed to profit-driven. Substantial resources are devoted to maintaining the electrical distribution system in optimal condition. In addition, employees are dedicated to delivering reliable service in every phase of the operation. Cutting-edge technology is applied throughout the cooperative enterprise, but the human touch at Blue Ridge ensures that the member receives the highest priority. Quality service is at the heart of a cooperative organization. Blue Ridge endeavors to operate to the fullest extent possible in accordance with that philosophy.
75th Anniversary Video
This eleven-minute video tells not only the history of our co-op, but also the impact that the Rural Electrification Act had on the development and economy of our state and our local counties. The story is told through historical documents, photos, drama along with interviews from people who lived during that time.