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Electric News

BARC Electric Members – please note payment and office closing information below: Tuesday, October 15th: At 3:00 pm a system software update is occurring with BARC’s payment system. During this activity, BARC will be unable to accept consumer electric payments. Normal business activ..
SCAM ALERT: BARC has been made aware of another scam attempt impacting our electric members. Members have reported receiving calls from an individual claiming to be with "Dominion BARC" requesting a credit card payment or power will be disconnected. THIS IS A SCAM! Do not give your personal..
Date: July 17, 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) Millboro, VA - On July 17th, BARC members and special guests gathered at the Millboro Fire House for our annual meeting. Special guests at this year’s meeting..
BARC Connects recognized as first internet service provider launched by an electric cooperative in the Commonwealth of Virginia For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) Millboro, VA BARC Electric Cooperative (BARC) ann..
Date: March 8, 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) BARC CEO Mike Keyser represented cooperatives across the country at a March 6 briefing for Members of Congress, including both representatives and U.S. senators, pl..
Date: February 27, 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) Millboro, VA – As of 3:55 pm Tuesday, February 26th, power has been restored to all BARC members impacted from the windstorm that began Sunday aftern..
For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) Millboro, VA – As of 5:00 pm Thursday, February 21st, all known power outages caused by Winter Storm Petra moving through the BARC service area have been restored. BARC’s servi..
With the threat of winter weather impacting the BARC service area, BARC has made preparations and will have 4 additional crews on standby this evening and overnight to respond to any power outages impacting members. In addition, there has been a call for assistance from states to the south of th..
12-Feb-2019 Beware of Scams
We have received word that scammers posing as representatives from Dominion, have been calling BARC members and demanding immediate payment of bills (oftentimes through a preloaded card) and stating BARC has merged with Dominion. BARC warns all of its members to NOT become a victim of this crime..
For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) Millboro, VA – More than 150 electric cooperative leaders from across Virginia gathered in Richmond Jan. 29 to visit their state delegates and senators and discuss pending legi..
For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) BARC donation will be used to advance Career and Technical pathway programs for students in Bath County Public Schools Millboro, VA – BARC Electric Cooperative (BARC) announced..
Due to Winter Storm Diego, BARC’s office’s will be closed on Monday, December 10th. If power outages occur, crews will be at the ready to respond. All calls to our office will be handled by our after-hours call center. Only calls related to power outages or emergencies will be h..
Date: November 28, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) BARC and Rockbridge County Public Schools Continue Career and Technology Education Partnership BARC donation will be used to advance STEM pathway programs ..
BARC's phones and internet are back up and running at this time. We appreciate everyone's patience as we continue to work through impacts from yesterday's storm...
BARC is currently experiencing a network outage impacting phone service to our Millboro headquarters due to both primary and backup fiber backhaul circuits feeding our network being cut. Phones will remain forwarded to our after-hours call center service. Due to this outage, all calls should be ..
BARC is excited to announce beginning October 1, 2018 BB&T branches in BARC service areas will accept in-person payments for both BARC Electric and BARC Connects. You are not required to be a customer of BB&T to use this service. It is important to ensure you provide the appropriate docu..
Hurricane Florence’s path has been updated this morning, dipping southward. Members should still prepare as excessive rain and saturated ground conditions may still lead to outages. To ensure we are adequately prepared to respond to power outages, BARC is sending trucks home with personnel..
As Hurricane Florence rapidly intensifies and continues to threaten our service area, BARC crews are preparing to respond to potential power outages from storm impact. We encourage all of our members to be prepared for a power outage by having enough food, water, & meds to last for at least ..
For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) New Tool Provides Individual Visual on Monthly Electric Usage BARC has released a new tool for members to visualize individual monthly electric usage. The tool allows members to acce..
Dear BARC Electric Cooperative Members: You recently received your 2018 Annual Members’ Meeting Proxy card as part of the July 2018 Cooperative Living magazine. Due to a printing error, the District numbers were inadvertently left off the information provided. If you need you..
For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) BARC honored for supporting RCPS Solutions STEM Academy and creating student internship opportunities. Millboro, VA – BARC Electric Cooperative (BARC) announced Monday it..
For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) Two area high school students, Andrew Golladay, a recent graduate of Riverheads High School, and Layton Stevens, a recent graduate of Rockbridge County High School, have received $1,..
For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) BARC Electric Cooperative Partners with GovTrails to Deliver the First Ever Utility Rate Visualization Tool for Members. To simplify electric rates, BARC launches a new ..
For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) Millboro, VA - BARC Electric Cooperative employees joined more than 150 utility professionals from seven states at the 16th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo, held May 12th at ..
For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) BARC Electric receives prestigious award given to innovators in the utility industry. Millboro, VA May 15, 2018 – The Utilities Technology Council (https://utc.org..
As part of our mission to ensure your best customer service experience, we want to remind you of the preferred payment options for your BARC account. Please know, DOXO, a third party payment vendor, is NOT an authorized payment service provided to you by BARC and is in no way associated wit..
Tips on Saving with Home Energy Advisor We know it has been a long winter, but warmer weather will be upon us soon. A change in temperature means a change in energy usage and costs. At BARC, our goal is to serve you, our customers, to ensure you have the best tools and experience to meet y..
This afternoon, our Internet and phone service at our Millboro headquarters went down due to an outage by our service provider (hint: it's not BARC Connects...yet). Phones immediately were forwarded to our after-hours call center service, but due to the outage we were unable to process any payme..
BARC Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors recently voted to return an additional $435,000 in capital credits to the Cooperative’s member-owners. As a not-for-profit utility, the Cooperative regularly allocates any margins (revenues less expenses) back to its members in proportio..
This week, we blanketed Bath County High School in solar! When finished, BCHS will have a total of 740 panels, capable of producing over 250kW of clean, green renewable energy. Crews will soon be moving on to Millboro Elementary, which will receive 530 panels and have an installed capa..
Interstate Renewable Energy Council recognizes BARC Electric Cooperative (Millboro, Va.) The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has named BARC Electric Cooperative’s Community Solar Project & Solar Learning Center as the Community/Shared Renewables Project of the Year. ..
Scheduled to be operational this fall, the largest school solar array in Virginia will be 100% American made. BARC Electric Cooperative (BARC) and Affordable Energy Concepts (AEC) are partnering to build over 1 MW of solar across all three schools in Bath County, Virginia. BARC and AEC prev..
BARC Electric Cooperative (BARC) is pleased to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Bath County Public Schools (BCPS) that will result in the largest public school solar array in Virginia. At a combined installed capacity of 1.11 MW (3,314 panels) spread across all three schools in Bath Co..
BARC Electric Cooperative employees joined nearly 150 utility professionals from five states at the 15th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo, held May 19-20 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA. Jess Pritt, Shay McMullen, Will Reid, Cody Minter and Johnny Altizer competed in five events a..
Patronage capital payments (similar to a dividend) totaling $750,000 were issued today to BARC customer-owners. This amount is 36%, or $200,000, higher than what was issued in 2015. The checks were mailed to customers living in Bath, Rockbridge, Alleghany, Highland, and Augusta counties who ha..

Broadband News

BARC Connects TV Subscribers: From November 28th through December 2nd, be sure to take advantage of the FREE preview of both HBO and Cinemax. Enjoy some of your favorite movies and shows with family and friends over the holidays! ..
The trees have been showing off their brilliant colors this fall in the Shenandoah Valley these last few weeks, reminding us that the end of 2019 is drawing near. As the seasons transition, so too does our fiber project. While phase 1 construction continues in the remaining service areas, phase..
For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) Broadband Project Provides Needed Infrastructure in Rockbridge County, Virginia Lexington, VA – On October 7th, BARC Electric Cooperative was awarded $1M by the Appalachi..
Lexington, VA ; On September 9, BARC Connects hit a major milestone. The subsidiary of BARC Electric Cooperative installed ultra-high-speed Internet to its 1,000th subscriber. BARC celebrated this milestone by rewarding the lucky subscriber with a free upgrade to “gig service” or 1,0..
Summer is winding down in rural Virginia, students have returned to their classes and the days and nights are growing shorter. With the tailwinds of some great summer weather , we have made great progress on our fiber construction project. Soon, we will have our 1,000th BARC Connects customer in..
Longer periods of sunshine and warmer weather let us know that summer has arrived here in the Shenandoah Valley. While lightning bugs light up the night skies, BARC Connects continues by day to light up residential and commercial consumers with our broadband services. In April we let you know that w..
The weather is warmer, the skies are bluer and we are on a roll with connecting even more customers to our BARC Connects broadband services. With construction picking up, we’ve greatly increased the weekly installations of fiber-to-the-home service in phase 1. We are excited to see the upt..
Spring has made its arrival in the Shenandoah Valley and much needed sunshine has brought a reprieve to the rain and winter temperatures. A year ago, we announced that BARC Connects had connected our first customers to our world-class broadband services. Despite the record amounts of rainfall ou..
Happy New Year! January in the Shenandoah Valley has brought continued rain and winter temperatures, including some snow, yet our fiber construction project in Rockbridge County is moving along. In an effort to increase our capacity to build drops to residential consumers, we have made internal ..
As the holiday season approaches, there is a lot of bustle happening in the Shenandoah Valley. Though the temperatures have been on a roller coaster ride and rain still falls in the valley, BARC’s fiber project is moving forward with increased activity in Rockbridge County. We are excited ..
BARC is hosting a Community Meeting to discuss the BARC Connects fiber project for residents in Birdfield, Country Club and Providence Hill on Thursday, November 29th at 5:30pm in the Maury River Middle School library. BARC Connects has completed engineering & design to bring broadband ..
BARC Connects services are currently back online. We are still working through some issues, but service should be restored, unless you are currently experiencing a power outage. If your internet remains down, please report the outage to our technical support by calling 800-846-2272, option 2...
BARC is currently experiencing a network outage impacting internet, phone and TV services. Both primary and backup fiber backhaul circuits feeding our network have been cut. All service is down, including internal phone lines. All calls to BARC will be answered by our after-hours service until t..
Due to the threat of wintry weather in our area, the BARC Community Meeting regarding the BARC Connects fiber project for residents in Birdfield, Country Club and Providence Hill has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 29th at 5:30pm in the Maury River Middle School library. BARC Connect..
BARC Connects has completed engineering & design to bring broadband services (including high-speed Internet, phone and TV) to Lexington residents in the Birdfield, Country Club and Providence Hill communities. To bring broadband to communities outside of the BARC Electric service area, const..
Shorter days and a nip in the air signify the arrival of autumn and the season of harvest in the Shenandoah Valley. Despite the significant impacts from rainfall with one of the wettest years on record for our area, BARC’s fiber project continues to move forward in Rockbridge County, but a..
BARC is excited to announce beginning October 1, 2018 BB&T branches in BARC service areas will accept in-person payments for both BARC Electric and BARC Connects. You are not required to be a customer of BB&T to use this service. It is important to ensure you provide the appropriate docu..
For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) BARC Connects continues fiber construction along Greenhouse Road Rockbridge County, VA – BARC Electric Cooperative (BARC) and its subsidiary BARC Connects remain comm..
We hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend. Though summer is coming to a close, work on BARC’s fiber project continues to push forward in Rockbridge County. We have experienced some schedule delays due mostly to contract crew availability, which has caused our planned const..
As we reach the midpoint of summer, crews continue to build drops and connect customers from Kerr’s Creek all the way to the Raphine area. In addition, we are moving steadily along our planned routes and are pleased to announce that construction will start in the following areas in August:..
For Immediate Release Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com) BARC Connects brings RCPS online with high-speed Internet service Millboro, VA – BARC Electric Cooperative (BARC) announced Wednesday its subsidiary, BARC Connects, ..
We hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July! Though the summer sun is beginning to sizzle, our crews are keeping pace with construction on the fiber build and customers continue to get connected with fiber service every week. Looking ahead to the rest of this month, the following areas wil..
Summer is arriving in the Valley, and with the changing season come changes in our deployment of fiber to you. We know our customers are eager to be connected to our Ultra-Fast Internet (http://www.barcconnects.net/products_internet), Television (http://www.barcconnects.net/products_tv), and Unl..
Our crews are happy to see the sun again after the seemingly endless amount of rainfall we’ve received lately. While the rain has impaired our ability to pick up the construction pace on our fiber project, overall, BARC Connects (http://www.barcconnects.net/) remains on schedule for phase ..
09-May-2018 The Beauty of Fiber
BARC’s service area in the Shenandoah Valley is one of the most beautiful pastoral regions in the Commonwealth. But like most rural areas without reliable broadband service, we see challenges in retaining population, economic development opportunities, even in downloading a newspaper quick..
Your customer experience is our Number 1 focus. Because we value your time, your trust, and your business, BARC Connects (http://www.barcconnects.net) will always be transparent about scheduled interruptions to your internet (http://www.barcconnects.net/products_internet), television (http://ww..
Construction continues on our broadband project and new customers continue to spring up along our fiber network around Rockbridge County. While many of you are aware of the high-speed internet packages your local BARC Connects has available, you need to know that we have even more to offer. ..
Monday, April 16, 2018 For Immediate Release For further information, contact: Tish Blackwell 800-846-2272 tblackwell@barcelectric.com Representatives of Virginia’s consumer-owned electric cooperatives met with Virginia’s U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine April 13 i..
There’s a lot of excitement here at BARC Connects (http://www.barcconnects.net/) as we begin activating customers with high-speed internet. As we work to narrow the “digital divide,” you’ll likely meet two of our team members. They are the experts that ensure your drop fr..
Dear BARC Connects Subscribers: As you start to venture outside after a seemingly endless winter, you will notice an increased presence of fiber crews springing into action. As we continue to connect subscribers in our northern ring, from Kerr’s Creek to Bustleburg, additional crews a..
As Amy Rees Anderson said in a November 2012 Forbes Magazine article, “If I could teach only one value to live by, it would be this: Success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is wat..
BARC Electric Cooperative Delivers a World-Class Broadband Experience with Calix Mesh-Enhanced Carrier Class Wi-Fi and Calix Cloud Connecting 13,000 members across five Virginia counties with fiber, BARC is dedicated to delivering an unmatched subscriber experience through managed, who..
Dear BARC Connects Subscribers: Spring is upon us, and high-speed Internet is starting to bloom in the county. This month we have connected our first BARC Connects customers!!! As crews continue to build service drops, we are currently activating residential customers in the Kerr’s Cr..
Happy New Year BARC Connects subscribers! Fiber construction and in-home installs are really going to start ramping up now that we are through the holidays. Construction is nearly complete on the northern substation ring and crews will be shifting to service drops later this month. Yes, at ..
As you may have heard, the FCC is currently working to undo “Net neutrality.” In fact, the vote to repeal Net neutrality is scheduled for December 14. We want to take a moment to explain what this means, and to tell you why we are completely against this. What is Net neutrality..
It has now been about a month since fiber construction commenced, and we thought this was a good time to provide our subscribers with an update on how things are progressing. Our contract crews from S&N Communications have been busy building our fiber “core ring,” which wil..
19-Oct-2017 Our Contract With You
From the beginning, we designed BARC Connects to be a different kind of Internet service provider. First off, our sole focus is on providing a superior customer experience. Nothing will ever be more important to us than your satisfaction with our service. We want to share with you a 10-poin..
With construction on our fiber project starting next week, this is a quick reminder that free service drops are still available to customers in the eligible phase 1 area. The free service drop promotion will run until our service drop crews pass your location, or we run out of them, whichever c..
25-Sep-2017 Project Updates
Soft Launch on RANA We have achieved another milestone in our efforts to bring world-class Internet to your doorstep. Starting this week, BARC Connects is officially in “beta mode” on the RANA network. A small number of customers with an existing fiber drop from RANA have graci..
BARC is now underway on a major project to provide high-speed Internet, TV, and telephone service to all its members. We often discuss what we are doing, but rarely answer why we are doing it. Here is the story. First, we need quality Internet as badly as you do. The local telephone compa..
Dear BARC Connects subscribers: By far the most frequent question we get these days is "when am I getting fiber?" Everyone is very eager to get fiber-to-the-home, and we are equally as eager to bring it to you. A lot goes into creating an internet service provider from scratch, and building..
We have great news for BARC Connects' subscribers! Because so many people are choosing to bundle their Internet with phone and/or cable TV service, we are now able to increase the bundle discounts to help our subscribers save even more money. We're here to serve everybody with affordable world-c..
Our fiber-to-the-home pre-sale has officially begun! We offer two convenient ways to sign up for service before construction begins. For those who wish to self-serve online, head to our Customer Portal at http://shop.barcconnects.net, where you can review our packages and pricing and sign u..
20-Jun-2017 The Wait is Over!
We have big news. The moment we have all been waiting for is finally upon us…the BARC Connects fiber-to-the-home pre-sale will officially begin on Monday, July 10! Yes, that is right. Starting on July 10, you will be able to see pricing, select your Internet, phone, and cable TV packages,..
A lot has changed with regards to where and how we use the Internet. In the early days, if you had Internet service, it was hard wired to a single computer in your house, and companies had to install miles of CAT5 cable throughout offices, cubicles and conference rooms. Then along came wireless ..
At long last, we have cut through all the red tape and field work has begun! The first step, now underway, is to prepare the electric system for the fiber deployment. This effort is commonly referred to as "make ready" work. It entails replacing poles that may be too short, adding new guy wires, and..
Virginia Cooperative Moving Forward to Bring High-Speed Internet to Its Members BARC Electric Cooperative (BARC) is moving forward with a $66 million fiber-to-the-home project that will make high speed Internet available to both BARC and non-BARC members over the next 7-8 years. ..
Click on the following link to watch our short animated video and learn everything you ever wanted to know about signing up and supporting our fiber-to-the-home project in the City of Lexington and Rockbridge County, Virginia: https://youtu.be/hVHWY2VjKcA. Help us reach our supporter goal by sig..