Board nominations being accepted by OPALCO

Posted December 21, 2022 at 10:13 am by

OPALCO shares news about their board nom­i­na­tion process for 2023.

Nom­i­na­tions for OPALCO board can­di­dates are now open. There are two posi­tions open — one in Dis­trict 1 (San Juan, Brown, Hen­ry, Pearl and Spieden islands) and one in Dis­trict 2 (Orcas, Armitage, Blake­ly, Obstruc­tion, Big Dou­ble, Lit­tle Dou­ble and Fawn islands). Appli­ca­tions are due to the Elec­tions & Gov­er­nance Com­mit­tee by Wednes­day, Jan. 25.

Mem­bers of the Co-op from all back­grounds and rep­re­sent­ing all iden­ti­ties are encour­aged to apply. The Co-op val­ues all kinds of expe­ri­ence and skill sets — you do not need to be an engi­neer or have pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence with util­i­ties. Our orga­ni­za­tion includes busi­ness man­age­ment, finance and account­ing, legal, insur­ance, ben­e­fits, edu­ca­tion and train­ing, mar­ket­ing, tech­nol­o­gy, pub­lic pol­i­cy, con­struc­tion, pro­cure­ment, engi­neer­ing, design, project man­age­ment, per­mit­ting and oper­a­tions. If you have exper­tise in any of these areas or oth­er per­ti­nent expe­ri­ence, you may be a good fit.

It’s an excit­ing moment in his­to­ry for our Co-op and the indus­try with the push to get car­bon out of our envi­ron­ment and renew­able ener­gy rapid­ly evolv­ing. Direc­tors set the poli­cies, bud­gets and rates for the Co-op. And, as an added ben­e­fit, OPALCO Direc­tors are paid a stipend for their time and board train­ing. As a mem­ber-own­er, you can take an active role in guid­ing the com­pa­ny you own.

There are two ways to be nom­i­nat­ed for a board posi­tion — by the mem­ber EGC Com­mit­tee, or by peti­tion. The EGC will review nom­i­na­tions received by Jan. 25  and rec­om­mend their slate of can­di­dates for the open posi­tions. Can­di­dates may also seek nom­i­na­tion to the Board by peti­tion. A mem­ber in good stand­ing must col­lect no few­er than 20 sig­na­tures of bona fide OPALCO mem­bers who reside in their district.

The elec­tion will be open March 10 through April 26. All vot­ing is by absen­tee bal­lot, via mail or online. Vot­ing mate­ri­als will be sent by mail to every OPALCO mem­ber in ear­ly March. Elec­tion results will be announced at the OPALCO Annu­al Meet­ing on April 29.

You must be an OPALCO mem­ber and meet the eli­gi­bil­i­ty require­ments to run for the Board. Learn more about run­ning for an OPALCO board seat on the OPALCO web­site.

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