A Parting Word from Winnie Adams

BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer and OPALCO Board Member Winnie Adams

I want to express how much I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the OPALCO Board.  Thank you for your votes and confidence in me. It has been a remarkably fast paced eight years of major changes and transitions.  The electrical industry continues to change at a rapid pace and the changes will continue to challenge us. To have an …

Pre-Sales for OPALCO’s Community Solar Project Open March 21st!

Community Solar Logo

Beginning at 10:00am on Wednesday, March 21st, OPALCO members can purchase units of the Co-op’s first Community Solar project, while they last. To get yours, go to www.opalco.com/solar and fill out the participation agreement (live 3/21). The one-time cost to participate is $150 per unit (75W) and members can purchase multiple units in this 350KW array. How does it work? …

$1,000 + for Sophmores and Juniors

Nourdine Jensen Scholarship Applications Due March 9 OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors of OPALCO member households. Up to five scholars will receive a $1,000 scholarship from OPALCO and the family of Nourdine Jensen, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to the Youth Rally, a co-op leadership camp, at …

Candidates Named for OPALCO Election; Nominations by Petition due Feb 23rd

The volunteer member Elections & Governance Committee has selected two candidates as nominees for the OPALCO Board of Directors election, District 2 (Orcas, Armitage, Big Double, Blakely, Fawn, Little Double and Obstruction islands), in April 2018.  The following were nominated by a vote of the committee: Richard (Rick) Christmas and Jeffrey L. Struthers. There is still time for members to …

OPALCO Seeks Board Candidates for District 2 (Orcas et al)

Nominations are now open for the 2018 OPALCO Board of Directors election. There are two positions up for election in District 2 (Orcas, Armitage, Big Double, Blakely, Fawn, Little Double and Obstruction islands). Interested co-op members from District 2 can apply to be nominated through our online nominations app at https://opalco.directnominations.net. The deadline is January 30th. The volunteer member Elections …

Peter Garlock Appointed to Fill OPALCO Board Vacancy

Peter Garlock

Peter Garlock of Lopez Island joins the OPALCO Board of Directors in February, 2018 to fill the vacancy created by Jim Lett upon his retirement. The OPALCO Board appointed Garlock to the position at the December board meeting. The volunteer member Election & Governance Committee (EGC) reviewed four applications for the vacancy. All candidates were interviewed by the EGC and …

OPALCO + PNGC = More Power to Shape our Islands’ Energy Future

PNGC Board 2017

PNGC is a power supplier and cooperative of 15 regional electric cooperative utilities who are banding together to build greater access to affordable power, renewable resources and to influence public policy. It also increases OPALCO’s buying power as we plan for an energy future that includes more renewable and clean energy sources. Foster Hildreth, General Manager, joined the PNGC board …

OPALCO Bills Go Up in January – average of $7

When OPALCO members open their bills in January, they will be about $7 higher. Most of the increase is driven by the 2017 installation of “George” (our new $15M submarine cable named after George Goff), inflation and BPA rate increases. This change represents a 5% increase in rates and will be applied equally between the facility charge and the energy …

OPALCO Members Get Year-End $$ Money Back!

Colder temperatures in 2017 brought in greater revenue than projected and, as a result, all OPALCO co-op members who paid a bill for any part of 2017 will receive a credit on their last bill in December. The average credit for residential members (based on typical energy usage) will be about $50. Back in 2015 when warmer temperatures caused a …

OPALCO Linemen Work Dark to Dark to Bring Back the Light

outage on shaw

55 MPH Winds Sweeps Power Outages Across San Juan Islands Sunday, November 26th was a long day for OPALCO linemen, engineers and staff members. A big wind storm knocked down transmission poles on Shaw at around 3:15 am cutting off power to Shaw, Orcas, Crane and Blakely for more than 20 hours and all of San Juan County was affected …