Topic: Energy

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

OPALCO Annual Meeting

Written on March 23, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

OPALCO Annual Meeting: Saturday, April 13th FREE Lunch, Prizes and Co-op Q&A If you pay your power bill to OPALCO, you’re a member of the Co-op and this fun-filled annual meeting is all about YOU! OPALCO holds its annual meeting on the inter-island ferry so it’s easy for everyone to come aboard. Lunch will be  Continue Reading

$1,000 + Youth Leadership Camp for Sophomores and Juniors: Apps Due April 12

Written on March 21, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors of OPALCO member households. Up to five scholars will receive a $1,000 scholarship from OPALCO and the family of Nourdine Jensen, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to the Youth Rally, a co-op leadership camp at the College  Continue Reading

OPALCO Announces Board Candidates For April Election

Written on February 18, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

Candidate Forums Scheduled March 4-7TH OPALCO’s Elections & Governance Committee has interviewed and approved a slate of candidates for the 2019 Board of Directors election. There are seven board members representing four districts and 20 islands. Everybody votes in all elections regardless of their home district. The Candidates are: Two open positions in District 3  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on January 24, 2019 at 9:16 am, by

Candidates Named for OPALCO Election; Nominations by Petition Due Feb 13th The volunteer member Elections & Governance Committee has selected candidates for the OPALCO Board of Directors election in District 3 (Lopez, Decatur, Center and Charles islands) and District 4 (Shaw, Bell, Canoe and Crane islands). The following were nominated by a vote of the  Continue Reading

Letter from OPALCO

Written on January 12, 2019 at 5:53 am, by

WSF: Electrify the San Juan Islands Ferry Routes FIRST Don’t delay protection of the Salish Sea The current WS Ferries Long range plan for deploying electric ferries puts the San Juan routes last on the list. Why lose decades in our efforts to protect the Salish Sea – and all of the species who depend  Continue Reading

OPALCO Bills Go Up in January

Written on December 24, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Need help? Get Monthly Bill Credits with Energy Assist When OPALCO members open their bills in January, they will be, on average, $9.50 higher. OPALCO is raising rates as a necessary part of providing power to our 20-island archipelago. This increase is driven by the loan expense (capitalization) for the submarine cable replacement (George), inflation  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on December 19, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Bills are Going up in January – 2019 budget includes a 5.2% revenue increase Pending board approval at the December 20th board meeting, OPALCO members will see a rate increase when they open their bills in January. The bills will be on average, $9.50 higher. OPALCO is raising rates as a necessary part of providing  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on December 13, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

Capital Credit Checks Coming – Your Co-op Dividend! In December, capital credit checks will be sent out to members who were active in 1993, plus some from 1994 as OPALCO continues to smooth its 25-year cycle for capital credit distributions. Capital credit allocations represent members’ equity in the Co-op. Each year, our non-profit cooperative allocates  Continue Reading

Opalco Seeks Candidates For Board Election

Written on December 7, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

OPALCO is seeking nominations for board candidates from Districts 3 (Lopez, Decatur, Center and Charles islands) and 4 (Shaw, Bell, Canoe and Crane islands). To nominate a candidate (including yourself), go to www.opalco.com/elections and use the nominations online portal to fill out the candidate application forms. Why run for an OPALCO Board Position? To participate  Continue Reading

OPALCO Town Hall

Written on October 31, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Let’s talk about YOUR electric co-op Join the OPALCO board for town hall style listening sessions. Have some feedback to share with OPALCO leadership? Stop by one of these sessions to ask questions or engage in conversation with your elected co-op board. November 12: Lopez Library @ 5:30 pm November 13: Shaw Community Hall @  Continue Reading