Lingle promoted to Innovation Energy post by Blue Ridge Energy

Lingle promoted to Innovation Energy post by Blue Ridge Energy

SPECIAL REPORT. By Renee Whitener. December 19, 2018. LENOIR, NC — Blue Ridge Energy announced on Tuesday that Jason Lingle of Boone has been promoted to Director of Innovative Energy Solutions.

COVER IMAGE: Submitted by Blue Ridge Energy, edited and enhanced by David Rogers of Blowing Rock News

Most recently, Lingle served as District Manager of Watauga District. Before that, he spent five years as Manager of Innovative Energy Solutions. In both roles, Lingle worked directly with the members of Blue Ridge Energy and in his new role, he will oversee development of energy efficiency programs, Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption, community solar and other renewable energy programs, Energy Saver loan program, and value added programs for homes and businesses. Lingle will also be involved in economic development to retain and enhance jobs and quality of life in the cooperative’s service area. He will also help in serving the needs of the cooperative’s large industrial and commercial consumers, providing services such as rate analysis and assisting with power quality investigations and energy efficiency recommendations.

Lingle joined Blue Ridge Energy in 2007 and worked as a member service representative in Watauga District for six years.

Lingle is a member of the High Country Young Professionals and has completed Leadership programs for the Chamber of Commerce in both Boone and Caldwell County.

He is currently completing his Master’s in Business Administration from East Carolina University and graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He resides in Boone with his wife, Kacy.

Blue Ridge Energy is a member-owned electric cooperative, serving some 76,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Alexander, Avery and Wilkes counties. The cooperative’s subsidiary, Blue Ridge Energy propane and fuels, provides residential and commercial services in the cooperative’s service area and beyond. Learn more at


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As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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