Buyer Beware: Greenwashing Renewable Energy Credits

Energy consumers in the region have received marketing materials from for-profit corporations offering “renewable energy” as an alternative to their regular power company’s services. Buyer beware! These companies are acting as middle men, buying RECs (Renewable Energy Credits) from investors in solar, wind, tidal, etc. and then re-selling those RECs to consumers at, typically, ten times their cost. For people who … Read more »

COMMUNITY SOLAR GIVES EVERYONE A CHANCE TO GENERATE CLEAN, GREEN LOCAL POWER

OPALCO has more than 220 Co-op members who generate their own power. With Community Solar, the rest of us will get a chance to purchase a piece of a big solar generator – at a fraction of the cost to install your own panels – and get a small financial return on our energy investment as a credit on our … Read more »

WIND STORM TAKES POWER OUT FOR 6,000+ CO-OP MEMBERS: OPALCO CREWS RESOLVE OUTAGES QUICKLY

Big winds hit the islands on Tuesday, May 23rd leading to a number of power outages in the islands. The largest outage occurred on San Juan Island when a tree was blown into the transmission lines near the Pear Point substation where OPALCO’s power comes ashore from the submarine cable that delivers power from the mainland. About 6,000 members were … Read more »

OPALCO WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT CENTURYLINK PAYMENTS

Since 1994, OPALCO has been accepting CenturyLink payments in its office locations and in drop boxes throughout the County as a service to the Co-op membership. CenturyLink has informed OPALCO that this type of bill collection program is no longer cost-effective for their company. The last day that OPALCO and the county drop boxes that OPALCO maintains can accept CenturyLink … Read more »

DAUCIUNAS AND MADSEN WIN OPALCO ELECTION; 269 ATTEND 80th ANNUAL MEETING ON THE FERRY

OPALCO members boarded the ferry on Saturday, May 6th to participate in the 2017 Annual Meeting and learn the results of the Board of Directors’ election. Voter participation was lower than 2016 with 1,992 total ballots (1,114 online, 878 by mail) representing about 17% of the membership. The successful candidates were Vince Dauciunas and Mark Madsen. Guests joined the 173 … Read more »

Planned Outage for Shaw and Orcas Overnight: 11:59 PM on Wednesday, May 10th

OPALCO members on all of Shaw Island and west of Youngren’s Pond / Loon Song Lane on Orcas Island will experience an overnight planned power outage beginning at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, May 10th; restoration is expected by 4:00 am on Thursday, May 11th. This outage is necessary to make repairs to the transmission system where winter storms caused damage. … Read more »

Winnie Wins a Finnie!

portrait of Winnie Adams

OPALCO Board Member Winnie Adams Honored with Environmental Stewardship Award On Earth Day, OPALCO Board Member Winnie Adams was honored by the Stewardship Network of the San Juans with a “Finnie” award for her commitment to environmental stewardship. According to the Stewardship Network, “Winnie Adams is considered a champion of local, sustainable power sources among other accomplishments. A retired environmental … Read more »

OPALCO BOARD ELECTIONS OPENS APRIL 13 – MEET THE CANDIDATES

OPALCO is a member-owned cooperative governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by the membership. Members will have a chance to vote for two open board positions in the election that opens on April 13th. There are three candidates for the two open positions in District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands): Vince Dauciunas, Mark … Read more »

OPALCO FIBER PROJECT KICKS OFF ON SOUTH SAN JUAN ISLAND – EXPECT SOME TRAFFIC DELAYS

Construction begins on March 20th to install fiber optic cables along Cattle Point Road from Eagle Cove Drive all the way through San Juan National Historical Park to the major road re-alignment project south of Jackle’s Beach Lagoon. While OPALCO installs backbone infrastructure for the electric grid, both Rock Island Communications and CenturyLink will participate in the project. The three … Read more »

OPALCO SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT DOUBLED: $1,000 / APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 31

2015 Youth Rally Scholars at play

Applications are now being accepted for OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program. Thanks to the generosity of the family of Nourdine Jensen on San Juan Island, the OPALCO scholarship amount is doubled in 2017 to $1,000. In addition, Nourdine Jensen Scholars spend an all-expenses paid week at the Youth Rally in Idaho, a Co-op Leadership Camp that includes the … Read more »