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 »

COMMUNITY FORUM ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR ORCAS ISLAND

Hosted by representatives from OPALCO, Orcas Fire & Rescue, San Juan County Emergency Management and San Juan County Sheriff Department, this community forum will share best practices and discuss individual and neighborhood planning to enhance our ability as islanders to ride out emergencies. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST ORCAS SENIOR CENTER 4:00 – 6:30 PM After short presentations from local emergency responders, … Read more »

OPALCO SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR BOARD ELECTION – NAMES NEW ELECTION & GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

The 2017 OPALCO Board election cycle is now open and nominations for board candidates in District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands) are being accepted. At the January meeting of the Board of Directors, the new member Elections & Governance Committee was appointed to put forward the best, most qualified and effective candidates for the Board of … Read more »

Call for Nominations for OPALCO Board Election

There are two board positions up for election in District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands). Nominations for these positions will be accepted until the deadline of February 18, 2017. To submit a nomination, please go to: opalco.directnominations.net and enter your information. A volunteer Elections & Governance Committee will review the nominations and recommend a slate of candidates for Board approval. … Read more »

WHITFIELD RECOGNIZED FOR INNOVATION WITH PELLET STOVE

portrait of Dr Jerry Whitfield, OPALCO Board Member

OPALCO Board Vice President, inventor and former Boeing Engineer Dr. Jerry Whitfield of Shaw Island was recognized for his development of the highly efficient Pellet Stove, which burns compressed wood or biomass pellets. He was recognized in Seattle Magazine’s 2016 list of “Top Essential Innovations that Seattle Gave the World.” Congratulations, Dr. Whitfield!

Are We at Risk of Another Major Communications Outage?

Remember the communications outage of November 2013 caused when CenturyLink’s fiber-optic cable failed?  We are once again at risk of a prolonged communications outage due to the deteriorated condition of CenturyLink’s submarine cable that carries fiber to the communications hub on San Juan Island that serves most of the County. For the past five years, OPALCO has been planning and … Read more »

OPALCO RATE INCREASE TAKES EFFECT IN JANUARY

When Co-op members get their power bills in January, the 2017 rate increase will be included. The Board-approved budget included a 5% revenue increase, which will affect the average bill by roughly the same amount. The rate increase will be applied to the energy usage (kWh) portion only of residential and commercial bills with no increase to the facilities charge. “With this … Read more »

Capital Credit Distributions in December

Co-op member capital credit checks distributed for 1991: balance of last year’s (1990) will be paid in full! Were you a member of OPALCO in 1991?  Did you get a partial (50%) distribution of your capital credits last year?  If so, you may be among the 4,682 OPALCO members (current and past) who will get a check from OPALCO later this … Read more »

NEW Elections & Governance Committee – JOIN NOW!

Volunteer Opportunity for Members to Nominate Board Candidates As proposed by Co-op members this fall, a new volunteer member committee has been created to nominate candidates to OPALCO’s Board of Directors. The Elections & Governance Committee is a year-round volunteer member committee charged with recruiting candidates for Board elections – and will also serve periodically as a member review committee … Read more »