Lots of Opportunities to Participate in Your Local Co-op

OPALCO is a member-owned cooperative committed to democratic member control and community involvement. In the coming weeks, there are a number of opportunities for OPALCO members to join in conversation with the Board, staff and each other. Members are encouraged to participate! The second in a series of board work sessions on rates is scheduled for Friday, September 22nd beginning … Read more »

Survey Results Show Support for Community Solar; Proposals sought for design and construction

More than 1,200 members responded to an online survey about Community Solar, measuring preferences, appetite and collecting narrative comments. In a nutshell, the membership is very interested in Community Solar so long as it doesn’t affect rates. A request for proposals was published in September for solar installers interested in designing and building the project. OPALCO’s community solar project will … Read more »

OPALCO Submarine Cable Named for George Goff – Golden Ticket Winners Chosen

This September, a historic event takes place that ensures islanders can maintain their quality of life for the next 50+ years. OPALCO will install 13,596 feet of a new, efficient and modern submarine cable in the crossing between Lopez and San Juan islands. More than thirty OPALCO Co-op members entered a contest to name the submarine cable.  The winning name … Read more »

San Juan County Youth Scholars Shine at Regional Youth Rally

Six San Juan County high-school students attended the Co-op Youth Rally at The College of Idaho as part of OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program. During the week-long leadership camp in July, four of the six students earned top scholarships ranging from $300-$600 from the Idaho Consumer-owned Utilities Association (ICUA), who hosts the camp. The Youth Rally included a … Read more »

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 »