Topic: Energy

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

Planned Power Outage Tonight

Written on October 22, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

All of San Juan County will be affected by a second planned outage tonight, necessary for BPA to replace a section of one of the two main power lines that feeds the San Juan Islands from Fidalgo Island. The outage will begin at 12:30 am in the wee hours of Tuesday, October 23rd and is  Continue Reading

Seeing Green: 4 Changes We Can Make for a More Environmentally-Friendly Home

Written on October 12, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

The following is a guest post from Neil Stawski with Climate Wise… There are nearly 7 billion humans on the planet, with more being born every day. And each person comes with their own ecological footprint. When you add up the ecological footprints of 7 billion people, you begin to understand the enormous environmental effect  Continue Reading

REMINDER: OPALCO Planned Power Outage Tonight

Written on September 24, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Early Tuesday morning September 25 from 12:30 am (half past midnight tonight) until 2:30 am all of San Juan County will be affected by a planned outage. Another outage is planned for Tuesday, October 23. These outages are necessary for BPA to replace a section of one of the two main power lines that feeds the  Continue Reading

San Juan County cooperatives celebrate National Cooperative Month

Written on September 22, 2018 at 5:35 am, by

Co-op members understand the power of the vote – it’s in our DNA. With Americans holding more than 350 million co-op memberships and rural electric cooperatives serving 75% of our country’s land mass: we have the power! OPALCO, the Orcas Food Co-op and San Juan Island Food Co-op encourage you to register to vote, cast  Continue Reading

OPALCO Announces Upcoming County-Wide Planned Outages

Written on September 9, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

OPALCO Announces two upcoming planned outages on Tuesday, September 25 at 12:30 am & Tuesday, October 23 at 12:30 am… All of San Juan County will be affected by a series of two planned outages necessary for BPA to replace a section of one of the two main power lines that feeds the San Juan Islands from  Continue Reading

Power Line Clearing Work in Progress

Written on August 30, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

OPALCO tree trimming crews are at work throughout San Juan County clearing vegetation from around power lines for safety and to prevent outages this coming winter. This work is part of OPALCO’s routine annual line clearance program – also called Right of Way (ROW) clearing. Trees and vegetation in the ROW, in proximity to high-voltage  Continue Reading

Major Power Outage Caused by Car Accident

Written on August 21, 2018 at 8:11 pm, by

All of Orcas, Shaw, Blakely and some of Lopez island were without power for almost 10 hours after a car accident on Lopez took out a transmission pole at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 17th. Power was completely restored by 8:15 p.m. to Orcas, Shaw and Blakely and by 11:30 p.m. to all of Lopez.  Continue Reading

Here Comes the Sun: OPALCO Community Solar is Energized!

Written on August 4, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

OPALCO’s first big community solar project is complete and energized! On July 31, 2018, the 504KW-DC array began producing power. The 272 OPALCO members who invested in the project will begin to see credits on their September bill for the energy produced to date. Member participation ranged from one unit to as many as 160  Continue Reading