News & Noteworthy

New OPALCO Surcharge to Correct Revenue Shortfall; Rate Structure Discussion Ongoing
May 28, 2015

OPALCO leadership pledged to continue to work toward a better rate structure while, in the interim, a surcharge will appear on bills beginning in July to address the revenue shortfall. More than 20 members representing four islands attended OPALCO’s special board meeting on Thursday, May 28th in Eastsound. As is customary at OPALCO Board meetings,… READ MORE »

Randy J. Cornelius Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
May 26, 2015

Former General Manager and current Board Member, Randy J. Cornelius was honored by his peers with the Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Life Member Award on May 20, 2015 during the association’s Annual Conference and Membership Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Cornelius earned the distinction for his 40 years of service in the electric utility business… READ MORE »


Utilities, excavators and the public are all affected by a new call-before-you-dig law that includes more rigorous enforcement, mandatory damage reporting and higher penalties. The intent of the law is to improve communication between utilities and excavators/homeowners and decrease damage to underground utilities. The new law requires excavators to: outline the proposed dig in white… READ MORE »

OPALCO is a non-profit, member-owned electric cooperative that distributes electricity to 20 islands in the Salish Sea archipelago and employs approximately 50 people in San Juan County. The Co-op is governed by a seven-member board of directors who are elected by a vote of the members each year at the annual meeting.