At the Northwest Public Power Association’s annual Northwest Innovations Conference in September, OPALCO was honored with two of the top Excellence in Communication awards. OPALCO received the first place for Best Annual Report Publication (2012) and another first place for a collection of commemorative items created for the Co-op’s 75th Anniversary celebration.
The Excellence in Communication contest recognizes the top communication efforts from Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) member utilities and associations. NWPPA is an international association representing and serving more than 150 customer-owned, locally controlled utilities in Western U.S. and Canada as well as nearly 300 associate members who are allied with the electric utility industry. The 2013 Excellence in Communication awards received 176 entries from 40 different utility and associate members.
Receiving the awards, OPALCO Communication Specialist Suzanne Olson thanked the designers at Tif & Gif of Friday Harbor for their design of the 2012 Annual Report, and for the creation of the official OPALCO 75th Anniversary icon. Olson also recognized Touchstone Energy Cooperative that, through itspartnership and discount program made it possible to create affordable and high quality branded items for the OPALCO members during for the 75th Anniversary celebration events.
The 2012 Annual Report, which also served as OPALCO’s 75th Anniversary publication, is available online. The various commemorative items, such as caps, bags, mugs, pins and lunch bags can be seen throughout the islands as co-op members wear them, carry them to work and school and display them in their homes. (Note: as of December 2015, the75th Anniversary commemorative calendars are still available at your OPALCO offices and 2016 replacement pages are available on a first-come-first-served basis until our supply is depleted).