Quick Facts

Our Energy Future

Quick Facts related to the future of energy and how members can prepare

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Quick Fact – Switch It Up!

Switch It Up! is OPALCO’s beneficial electrification program that saves members money. OPALCO’s Switch It Up! Program is an example of Beneficial Electrification. OPALCO is encouraging the use of efficient electrical technologies for heating, transportation, and water heating instead of fossil fuels or other ineffiecient appliances for the benefit of the environment while saving members money and improving the overall ...
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Quick Fact – WA 2021 Energy Strategy

If you have read our quick fact on Climate Impact and Our Energy Future, you know: Global carbon emissions have jumped more than 30% during the last 100 years. As many as one million species are now at risk of extinction, many within decades. Oceans have been rapidly heating over the past few decades, with about half of the increase ...
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Quick Fact – Simpson Proposal and the Northwest Energy Evolution

The Simpson Proposal US Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho (R) has offered a constructive proposal for breaching the Lower Snake river dams (LSRD). OPALCO, PNGC, and the Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Association (WRECA) appreciate Rep. Simpson’s efforts in developing a framework (Simpson Wall 3.0) for ending the salmon/dam debate with goals of saving the salmon, breaching the Lower Snake River ...
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Member programs

Find info on programs for OPALCO members

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Quick Fact – OPALCO election process

OPALCO’s Board of Director election is a cornerstone of Co-op Democracy. OPALCO depends on an independent member Elections & Governance Committee to cultivate quality candidates and review election processes and policy. OPALCO works with a third party election vendor to ensure a secure and fair election. OPALCO’s bylaws prescribe the complete elections process, including nominations, qualifications, public notification and timelines. ...
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Quick Fact – Switch It Up!

Switch It Up! is OPALCO’s beneficial electrification program that saves members money. OPALCO’s Switch It Up! Program is an example of Beneficial Electrification. OPALCO is encouraging the use of efficient electrical technologies for heating, transportation, and water heating instead of fossil fuels or other ineffiecient appliances for the benefit of the environment while saving members money and improving the overall ...
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Quick Fact – OPALCO Rates

OPALCO keeps rates as low as possible by controlling expenses and pricing electricity at the cost of service. Households who struggle to pay their bills are served by several energy assistance programs (including special assistance for those members affected by COVID-19) designed to keep power affordable for all members. Despite the higher cost to supply power to 20 rural, remote ...
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Co-op Governance

The ins and outs of how the co-op works

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Quick Fact – OPALCO election process

OPALCO’s Board of Director election is a cornerstone of Co-op Democracy. OPALCO depends on an independent member Elections & Governance Committee to cultivate quality candidates and review election processes and policy. OPALCO works with a third party election vendor to ensure a secure and fair election. OPALCO’s bylaws prescribe the complete elections process, including nominations, qualifications, public notification and timelines. ...
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Quick Fact – OPALCO Debt and Capital Projects

OPALCO’s debt is healthy and well managed. Debt is how co-ops finance growth and capital projects. In 2019, OPALCO came to the end of a period of intensive capital projects that pushed the debt ratio up higher. This is the pattern over the decades:1) build equity for capital projects, 2) borrowing and construction, 3) pay loans off over 30 years, ...
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Quick Fact – OPALCO Rates

OPALCO keeps rates as low as possible by controlling expenses and pricing electricity at the cost of service. Households who struggle to pay their bills are served by several energy assistance programs (including special assistance for those members affected by COVID-19) designed to keep power affordable for all members. Despite the higher cost to supply power to 20 rural, remote ...
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Regional Issues

Regional issues affect our island communities

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Quick Fact – WA 2021 Energy Strategy

If you have read our quick fact on Climate Impact and Our Energy Future, you know: Global carbon emissions have jumped more than 30% during the last 100 years. As many as one million species are now at risk of extinction, many within decades. Oceans have been rapidly heating over the past few decades, with about half of the increase ...
dam

Quick Fact – Simpson Proposal and the Northwest Energy Evolution

The Simpson Proposal US Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho (R) has offered a constructive proposal for breaching the Lower Snake river dams (LSRD). OPALCO, PNGC, and the Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Association (WRECA) appreciate Rep. Simpson’s efforts in developing a framework (Simpson Wall 3.0) for ending the salmon/dam debate with goals of saving the salmon, breaching the Lower Snake River ...
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Quick Fact – Will There Be Enough Power?

Climate change, legislation and rising costs are impacting where and how we will source our power supply. We must build our own resources for power. In 2019, Washington state passed the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) which mandates discontinuing fossil fuels in the regional electricity supply. The world is starting to take climate impact seriously and demand action from the ...
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Renewables

Renewable energy is the future!

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Quick Fact – WA 2021 Energy Strategy

If you have read our quick fact on Climate Impact and Our Energy Future, you know: Global carbon emissions have jumped more than 30% during the last 100 years. As many as one million species are now at risk of extinction, many within decades. Oceans have been rapidly heating over the past few decades, with about half of the increase ...
dam

Quick Fact – Simpson Proposal and the Northwest Energy Evolution

The Simpson Proposal US Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho (R) has offered a constructive proposal for breaching the Lower Snake river dams (LSRD). OPALCO, PNGC, and the Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Association (WRECA) appreciate Rep. Simpson’s efforts in developing a framework (Simpson Wall 3.0) for ending the salmon/dam debate with goals of saving the salmon, breaching the Lower Snake River ...
island way

Quick Fact – Will There Be Enough Power?

Climate change, legislation and rising costs are impacting where and how we will source our power supply. We must build our own resources for power. In 2019, Washington state passed the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) which mandates discontinuing fossil fuels in the regional electricity supply. The world is starting to take climate impact seriously and demand action from the ...
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