Topic: Energy


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 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

July 10th is WA Line Worker Appreciation Day

Written on July 8, 2018 at 5:20 am, by

Governor Jay Inslee proclaims July 10 Line Worker Appreciation Day… OPALCO’s team of line workers keep the lights on for more than 11,300 co-op members on 20 islands in San Juan County. That is no small task! Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed July 10, 2018 as Lineworker Appreciation Day and OPALCO invites its members to give  Continue Reading


Written on April 27, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

New Phone System Improves Outage Info Calling Local Musicians! OPALCO Wants to Highlight Local Talent If you’ve called OPALCO lately, you’ve noticed the new phone system. Like it is in the rest of the world, callers start out with an automated menu and press a key to get what they are looking for. Press ONE  Continue Reading

OPALCO 2018 Annual Meeting

Written on April 25, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

The Sun Shines at OPALCO Meeting on the Ferry; Struthers and Christmas Elected OPALCO members boarded the ferry on Saturday, April 21st to participate in the 2018 Annual Meeting. This year the meeting was on the interisland ferry, resulting in significant cost savings for co-op members. With a hearty “Here Comes the Sun!” OPALCO celebrated  Continue Reading

Pre-Sales for OPALCO’s Community Solar Project Open March 21st!

Written on March 16, 2018 at 5:39 am, by

Beginning at 10:00am on Wednesday, March 21st, OPALCO members can purchase units of the Co-op’s first Community Solar project, while they last. To get yours, go to and fill out the participation agreement (live 3/21). The one-time cost to participate is $150 per unit (75W) and members can purchase multiple units in this 350KW  Continue Reading

Update from OPALCO

Written on March 6, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Schedule Change: OPALCO Candidate Forum Thursday, March 15 only There are two open positions in this year’s OPALCO election and only two candidates. Because this is an uncontested election, OPALCO has scaled back the candidate forums; there will only be one forum: Thursday, March 15 at Oddfellows Hall on Orcas Island at 6 pm. The  Continue Reading


Written on February 1, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Candidates Named for OPALCO Election; Nominations by Petition due 2/23 The volunteer member Elections & Governance Committee has selected two candidates as nominees for the OPALCO Board of Directors election, District 2 (Orcas, Armitage, Big Double, Blakely, Fawn, Little Double and Obstruction islands), in April 2018. The following were nominated by a vote of the  Continue Reading


Written on January 15, 2018 at 5:38 am, by

OPALCO Seeks Board Candidates for District 2 (Orcas et al) Nominations are now open for the 2018 OPALCO Board of Directors election. There are two positions up for election in District 2 (Orcas, Armitage, Big Double, Blakely, Fawn, Little Double and Obstruction islands). Interested co-op members from District 2 can apply to be nominated through  Continue Reading

Island Women’s March

Written on January 11, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Fired Up! Ready to go! Island Women’s March invites all islands to participate in a sidewalk march on January 20th, 2018 in Friday Harbor. We will meet at the Friday Harbor Courthouse on 1st Street, next to the American Legion. Staging time will be at Noon and the march will start at 12:30. The Saturday  Continue Reading


Written on January 4, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

OPALCO + PNGC = more power to shape our islands’ energy future PNGC is a power supplier and cooperative of 15 regional electric cooperative utilities who are banding together to build greater access to affordable power, renewable resources and to influence public policy. It also increases OPALCO’s buying power as we plan for an energy  Continue Reading

A Wonderful Gift for the Historical Museum

Written on December 22, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the history of San Juan Island are key components of the San Juan Historical Society and Museum’s mission. With the maintenance of 1.6 acres of property, eight buildings averaging 90 years of age, insurance and utilities, there are many expenses involved with the overall day to day running of your Historical  Continue Reading

Rate Increase Coming

Written on December 18, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

OPALCO Bills Go Up in January – average of $7 When OPALCO members open their bills in January, they will be about $7 higher. Most of the increase is driven by the 2017 installation of “George” (our new $15M submarine cable named after George Goff), inflation and BPA rate increases. This change represents a 5%  Continue Reading