Topic: Energy

OPALCO Questions San Juan County Council Candidates

Written on October 14, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

With the energy world changing dramatically, OPALCO leadership invited San Juan County Council candidates to state their positions on key issues affecting the co-op members. Climate change, carbon legislation and the transition to renewable power are all affecting energy for the region. OPALCO has a plan to meet these new challenges but OPALCO will need  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on September 17, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

OPALCO is Prepared for Wildfire Prevention – Are You? Safety is the primary objective at the core of everything OPALCO does. OPALCO continues to use an aggressive Right-of-Way Program (tree and brush trimming along power lines) and the latest technologies to reduce flammable material and mitigate fire risk. The long-term investment is key to the  Continue Reading

OPALCO Extends COVID-19 Bill Pay Assistance

Written on August 19, 2020 at 6:02 pm, by

Members who are struggling to pay their power bills during COVID-19 can apply for assistance to keep their OPALCO accounts up to date. The Board voted to continue COVID-19 Relief Measures for as long as the approved funding lasts. Members can apply for assistance online at www.opalco.com or through their Family/Community Resource Center. The measures available  Continue Reading

OPALCO COVID Update

Written on July 25, 2020 at 7:05 am, by

Since March, OPALCO has helped more than 450 members to pay their bills. Other members have given generously to the member assistance programs: donating solar production credits or directly to the low-income programs. Many other members have benefited by not accruing fees or being disconnected for non-payment during these difficult times. OPALCO is closely monitoring  Continue Reading

Land Bank and OPALCO Collaborate on Turtleback Powerline Improvements

Written on May 29, 2020 at 5:33 pm, by

Tailgater Session June 10th – Come Chat OPALCO will soon be undertaking a a project on Turtleback Mountain to remove Douglas fir along the powerline corridor and replace power poles. This project, in collaboration with the San Juan County Land Bank, will serve two purposes: securing the safety and reliability of the power supply to  Continue Reading

WWTP Solar Panel Project

Written on May 22, 2020 at 3:21 pm, by

“I am pleased to see this Project come online,” said Friday Harbor Mayor Farhad Ghatan. “It is incumbent on us to do what we can to use renewable resources. It is not only environmentally beneficial but provides a benefit to our ratepayers.” Next week the Town of Friday Harbor will activate its first solar power  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on April 27, 2020 at 11:14 am, by

Opalco Board Approves Additional Covid-19 Relief Measures Commercial members in need can apply for base fee waiver We are all in this together. OPALCO is very concerned about how its members are getting along during this pandemic and is digging deep to put any and all available resources into helping members to pay their power  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on April 20, 2020 at 5:16 pm, by

Opalco Board Election Results: Dauciunas And Madsen 20 Voters Get $50 Bill Credits! OPALCO’S uncontested election drew 1,373 voters, a good 12% of the membership—and a quorum. Members elected Vince Dauciunas to a three-year term with 1,270 votes; and Mark Madsen to a two-year term with 1,186 votes. The staggered terms were created so that,  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on April 3, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

The OPALCO crew is still at work keeping the power on – while practicing safety precautions. On March 20th, the Board approved waiving late fees and has added funding to our payment assistance programs to support our membership. Through May 20, no one will be disconnected for an unpaid balance, but members are still responsible for paying  Continue Reading

OPALCO Suspends Late Fees and Disconnects During COVID-19

Written on March 21, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Co-op Committed to Keeping Islanders Energized The OPALCO Board of Directors suspended late fees on member bills and service disconnects to support members affected by COVID-19 effective immediately and for the next 60 days. A full COVID-19 program is quickly being developed to ensure reliable power delivery in the islands as disruptions and human impacts multiply and  Continue Reading

Transition San Juan Island: An Update

Written on January 24, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

First, we extend our sincere appreciation for the attentive and engaged turnout at the Mullis Center on January 12!  A quiet Sunday afternoon among busy families, threats of snowy roads and of course the Seahawks playoff game notwithstanding, about 65 of you responded to our invitations.  We were enthused by our smiling friends from Lopez  Continue Reading

Friends News

Written on December 27, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Friends of the San Juans Ensures Added Protections for Southern Resident Killer Whales in Regard to Phillips 66 Refinery Expansion On August 29, 2019, Friends of the San Juans appealed Whatcom County’s conditional approval of a 300,000-barrel external floating roof crude oil storage tank and an 80,000-barrel external floating roof fuel oil storage tank in  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on December 24, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

OPALCO Board Listens to Member Concerns, Reconsiders Resolution on Snake River Dams At the December board meeting in Friday Harbor, 18 co-op members participated in an emotionally charged discussion about Resolution 2-2019 regarding the lower Snake River dams and ocean health. The Board listened as members shared their opinions and concerns about ocean health, species  Continue Reading

How to Utilize Technology for a More Sustainable Lifestyle

Written on December 20, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Guest author Neil Stawski checks in again with another article on working toward a greener lifestyle… Going green is a lifestyle choice that many people are making these days, but it can be a major change that comes with a lot of effort. It’s not always easy to make big changes and stick with them,  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on December 19, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

OPALCO Rate Increase Held at 3% Board to Share Vision for Our Energy Future When OPALCO members open their bills in January, they will be, on average, $3.92 higher. Although rates were projected to increase 5-6% each year over the next five years, the Board decided to hold the increase to 3% in 2020 in  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on December 18, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Co-op Members Get Paid – Capital Credit Checks Going Out When you become a co-op member, you become an owner in OPALCO. OPALCO is a not-for-profit cooperative which means any margin at the end of the year goes back into members’ hands. Each year the co-op tracks how much you pay for power and that  Continue Reading

POSTPONED Mayor Invites Local Businesses to Solar Presentation

Written on November 20, 2019 at 6:01 am, by

Postponed – The Solar for Business presentation previously scheduled for today at Town Council has been postponed until next month. We will let you know the date as soon as we hear! Friday Harbor’s Mayor Farhad Ghatan would like the local businesses to know that on (This date postponed) there will be a Solar for  Continue Reading

Local OPALCO Crew Rebuilds Line on San Juan Island

Written on August 3, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Our local line crew is working on a large project to rebuild and strengthen the electric distribution line that connects Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor substations. The project included installation of 29 new 45-foot poles and 1.56 miles of new 3-phase distribution wire which will increase the capacity of our system on San Juan Island  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on June 10, 2019 at 5:39 am, by

Get $30-$60 a month OFF your OPALCO and Rock Island bills – Time to renew your Energy Assist credit OPALCO offers monthly bill credits for members from low-income households through the Energy Assist program. Energy Assist gives qualified members a credit of $30-$60/month (depending on household size) and the same amount can be applied to  Continue Reading

Governor Inslee Meets with OPALCO to Talk Broadband, Clean Energy and Electric Ferries

Written on June 3, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

On Tuesday, May 28th, leadership from OPALCO and T-Mobile met with Governor Inslee to share the Rock Island Communications broadband success story in support of the Governor’s new statewide broadband office and initiatives. With its robust fiber and LTE foundation in place, OPALCO is excited to help move some of Governor Inslee’s key initiatives forward  Continue Reading

OPALCO Awarded $5.8M to Fund Member Energy Efficiency Projects

Written on May 25, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Switch it Up! puts thousands back in members’ pockets OPALCO is now offering on-bill financing for members who want to Switch it Up! and install super-efficient ductless heat pumps, heat pump water heaters and electric vehicle chargers. These upgrades can cut energy spending in half for heating and transportation, compared to fossil fuels (propane, gasoline),  Continue Reading

OPALCO Hires Three Local Apprentices: The Future is Here!

Written on April 22, 2019 at 9:04 am, by

OPALCO has hired three new linemen apprentices – one for each of the crews on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Island. These local linemen will keep the lights on for the next generation of islanders! “With some of our linecrew hitting the 25-, 30- and even 40-year mark in their careers with the Co-op, we  Continue Reading