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Run for OPALCO's Board

It’s the co-op way!

Our Nomination and Election Process

The governing board of Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) consists of seven directors from four districts who are elected for three-year terms, with the elections staggered. Each director is elected by a vote of OPALCO members, or appointed by the Board to fill out vacancies. All members may vote in every election, regardless of their home district.

Benefits of becoming a Board Member

  • Shape the Co-op's Direction

    Board Members create policies and strategic direction, set rates for the membership, oversee finances and the bylaws. They also manage the General Manager.

  • Leadership Development

    Board members face tough decisions and complex issues. They must become educated about a wide range of topics such as renewable generation, co-op governance and financing, legal and insurance issues, technology, engineering and environmental policy. OPALCO provides paid industry training.

  • Pay and Health Insurance

    Board Members are paid a stipend for their time dedicated to co-op affairs, meetings and travel. They are also eligible for health insurance coverage.

How Being a Board Member Makes a
Difference in Your Community

Being a cooperative requires community involvement. You get to help shape your local electric co-op and our future power supply.

  • orcas family

    Quality of Life

    Islanders want to keep the islands beautiful and ensure a good quality of life for generations to come. The board works on behalf of members to keep reliable, affordable power flowing and shapes the future for our island communities.

  • solar panels

    Lead transition to renewable power

    OPALCO has a plan for a clean and sustainable energy future. It’s an exciting time to get involved and be part of the team that leads us into local resiliency and renewable energy.

  • locally employed

    Local Autonomy

    Co-ops have the ability to shape their own destiny, in cooperation with their members. Participating in co-op governance keeps local control over our power supply and ensures members come first.

Eligibility

There are a number of criteria to become an OPALCO board member. It is especially important that you meet the following criteria:

  • Be a resident

    You must be a resident in one of the districts that is served by OPALCO residential service.

  • Be a member

    You must be an OPALCO member in good standing and have residential meter in your name.

  • The Basics

    You must be over the age of 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

  • No conflict of interest

    You will need to complete the Independent Directors Qualifications Form.

Nominations Process

There are two ways to be nominated for the Board of Directors:

Nominations by Committee

Any qualified member (see above) may submit their nomination. The volunteer member Elections & Governance Committee will review the nominations and approve a slate of candidates for the ballot.

Submit your Nomination »

Nominations by Petition

Candidates may submit a petition with no fewer than 20 signatures of members who reside in their district. Complete petitions should be sent to communications@opalco.com. Once we receive the petition the candidate will need to complete the application process.

Download a Petition »

Submit your Application »

2021 Election Timeline

The 2021 Election is the first year of the staggered election process for OPALCO Board Members. There will be two positions in District 2 (Orcas, Armitage, Big Double, Blakely, Fawn, Little Double and Obstruction islands) and one position (3B) in District 3 (Lopez, Decatur, Center and Charles islands) as outlined below:

ALL Co-op Members vote in all elections regardless of their home island.

  • December 9, 2020
    • Nominations Open
  • January 27, 2021
    • Applications to Elections & Governance Committee Due by 12 PST
  • February 3, 2021
    • Committee Candidates posted online and in OPALCO offices
  • February 19, 2021
    • Applications by Petition Due by 12 PST
  • February 26, 2021
    • Complete List of Candidates posted online
  • March 22, 2021
    • Election opens; ballots mailed/emailed
  • March 23, 2021
    • Candidate Forums
  • April 21, 2021
    • Election Closes at 10 am PST
  • April 24, 2021
    • OPALCO Annual Meeting - election results announced

FAQs

When and where does the OPALCO board meet?

OPALCO board meeting are typically the third Thursday of each month starting at 8:30 am. Due to health concerns, all OPALCO meetings are done virtually via Zoom.

What section of the Bylaws describes board qualifications?

Find the full description of board qualifications in Article III Directors Section 2 Qualifications of the OPALCO Bylaws.

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What You Will Need to Apply

Please have the following materials ready to submit with your application:

Apply for the Board

1 Fill out an application
Apply Here
2 Qualifications Form
Director Qualifications Form
3 Questions?
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