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Run for OPALCO's board

Why run? You can make a difference in your community and your co-op!

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Our Nomination and Election Process

The governing board of Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) consists of seven directors from four districts who are elected for three-year terms, with the elections staggered. Each director is elected by a vote of OPALCO members, or appointed by the Board to fill out vacancies. All members may vote in every election, regardless of their home district.

Benefits of Becoming a Board Member

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Shape the Co-op's Direction

Board Members create policies and strategic direction, set rates for the membership, oversee finances and the bylaws. They also manage the General Manager.

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Leadership Development

Board members face tough decisions and complex issues. They must become educated about a wide range of topics such as renewable generation, co-op governance and financing, legal and insurance issues, technology, engineering and environmental policy. OPALCO provides paid industry training.

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Pay

Board Members are paid a stipend for their time dedicated to co-op affairs, meetings and travel.

Being a Board Member Makes a Difference in Your Community

Being a cooperative requires community involvement. You get to help shape your local electric co-op and our future power supply.

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Quality of Life

Islanders want to keep the islands beautiful and ensure a good quality of life for generations to come. The board works on behalf of members to keep reliable, affordable power flowing and shapes the future for our island communities.

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Lead transition to renewable power

OPALCO has a plan for a clean and sustainable energy future. It’s an exciting time to get involved and be part of the team that leads us into local resiliency and renewable energy.

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Local Autonomy

Co-ops have the ability to shape their own destiny, in cooperation with their members. Participating in co-op governance keeps local control over our power supply and ensures members come first.

Eligibility

There are a number of criteria to become an OPALCO board member. It is especially important that you meet the following criteria:

Be a resident

You must be a resident in one of the districts that is served by OPALCO residential service.

Be a member

You must be an OPALCO member in good standing and have residential meter in your name.

The Basics

You must be over the age of 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

No conflict of interest

You will need to complete the Independent Directors Qualifications Form.

Nominations Process

There are two ways to be nominated for the Board of Directors:

Nominations by Committee

Any qualified member (see above) may submit their nomination. The volunteer member Elections & Governance Committee will review the nominations and approve a slate of candidates for the ballot. Candidates not put forth by the EGC may apply by petition.

Nominations by Petition

Candidates may submit a petition with no fewer than 20 signatures of members who reside in their district. Complete petitions should be sent to communications@opalco.com. Once we receive the petition the candidate will need to complete the application process.

2023 Election Timeline

In 2023, there will be two positions open: one position in District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands) and one in District 2 (Orcas, Armitage, Blakely, Obstruction, Big Double, Little Double and Fawn islands)

ALL Co-op Members vote in all elections regardless of their home island.

December 16, 2022
Nominations Open
January 25, 2023
Applications to Elections & Governance Committee Due by 12 PST
February 8, 2023
Committee Candidates posted online and in OPALCO offices
February 17, 2023
Applications by Petition Due by 12 PST
March 3, 2023
Complete List of Candidates posted online
March 10, 2023
Election opens; ballots mailed/emailed
March 9, 2023
Virtual Candidate Forum
April 26, 2023
Election Closes at 10 am PST
April 29, 2023
OPALCO Annual Meeting - election results announced

FAQs

OPALCO board meeting are typically the third Thursday of each month starting at 8:30 am. Due to health concerns, all OPALCO meetings are done virtually via Zoom.

In the Document Library, an extensive collection of governance, financial and policy documents.

The Board is made up of seven directors representing three districts and twenty islands.  Interested in running for an open position on the Board? Elections are held each Spring (April or May) and every co-op member has a vote.

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What You Will Need to Apply

Please have the following materials ready to submit with your application:

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Fill out an application

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Fill out the Qualifications Form

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Fill out the Background Check Form