Archive for the ‘MORE’ Topic

MORE Steering Committee Meets 10/27 on Lopez

Monday, October 25th, 2010

The next meeting of the MORE Steering Committee is Wednesday, October 27th at 1:30 pm at the Lopez Fire Hall (2228 Fisherman Bay Rd). Steering Committee members are asked to bring their ideas for renaming the program. Minutes from the 10-13-10 meeting are now posted on the MORE Page.

MORE Meeting 10/13/10

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The next meeting of the MORE Steering Committee is Wednesday, October 13th in the conference room at Ravenhill Construction (689 Airport Center) starting at 8:30 am. The public is invited. The minutes from the last meeting, agenda for this meeting and a full archive of MORE documents are available on the MORE page.

MORE Draft Guidelines for Review 9/29

Friday, September 17th, 2010

The minutes of the 9/15/10 meeting of the MORE Steering Committee are now posted, as is the agenda for the next meeting and DRAFT MORE guidelines for review at that meeting. Next meeting is Wednesday, September 29th, 10:30 am – 12:15 pm at Russell’s Landing on Orcas Island.

MORE Meets 9/15

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The next meeting of the MORE Steering Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, September 15th, 1:30 pm at the Lopez Island Library. The public is welcome to attend. Minutes from the 9/1/10 are now posted on the MORE page.

MORE Meeting

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The MORE Steering Committee met on 8/18/10 and minutes are now posted on the MORE page. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 1st at 8:30 am at the Masonic Lodge in Friday Harbor (15 Second St.). The public is welcome.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by OPALCO’s booth at the County Fair last week. We had some great conversations and enlightened a lot of members about our energy services programs and rebates.

Board Meeting Agenda

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The OPALCO Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 19th on Lopez (Fire Hall, 8:00am) will include a 15-minute presentation by Chom Greacen on “Energy Efficiency and Green Power.” Board Member and Chair of the M.O.R.E. Steering Committee Winnie Adams will give an update on M.O.R.E. Click for board agenda.

OPALCO Board meetings are open to the public.

2009 Fuel Mix and MORE

Monday, August 9th, 2010

The Washington State Department of Commerce publishes an annual report on OPALCO’s fuel mix (the generated power received from Bonneville Power Administration and distributed by OPALCO). Our 2009 fuel mix was 93% greenhouse gas free and included 82.87% hydro-electric power. Click to see the full report.

The minutes of the 8/4 MORE Steering Committee are now posted. The committee passed a motion to: “create a (green power) program with a feed-in tariff with a cap and floor based on volunteer donations.”  Go to the MORE page for the full minutes.

The next meeting of the MORE Steering Committee is schedule for Wednesday, August 18th at Orcas Landing (Russell’s) beginning at 10:30 am.

MORE Minutes posted

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

The minutes of the first MORE Steering Committee meeting (7/8/10) are now posted on the MORE page. The next meeting of the MORE Steering Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, July 21st 8:30 – 11:30 am at the Earthbox conference room in Friday Harbor. The public is invited to attend.

MORE and Energy Code Updates

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

MORE – Member Owned Renewable Energy
Today was the first meeting of the MORE Steering Committee. It was held in the county meeting room at the Orcas Landing from 10:30 – 12:30.  Go to MORE for information on the Steering Committee and previous postings.

We will be posting the meeting minutes on the MORE page tomorrow but just to give a short summary:  Eight of the nine members were present. One member from the public attended. We certainly hoped for more public participation! The meeting was advertised in all the newspapers and online calendars.  Please get the word out if you are reading this.

Since it was the first meeting we spent some time on introductions and then dove into why we were there. We discussed the national energy picture, BPA tier 1 and tier 2 rates, the relationship between renewable generation and conservation and the idea of zero energy growth for the future.  There was a discussion on the history of OPALCO’s green energy programs and renewable generation incentive program.  We talked about education and behavior modification as it relates to conservation.  The group is diverse and well educated in the areas of renewables, energy efficiency and conservation so during the open forum everyone put their thoughts on the table.  We ended with scheduling the next meeting for July 21st on San Juan (location TBD) and an agenda which will be published here (MORE) . . . along with the real meeting minutes. Stay tuned!

WA State Energy Code
On another note:  The Washington State Energy Code 2009 that was going to be in place this month (July 2010) has been postponed. I received the following email with the latest update:

Based on a meeting of the SBCC yesterday (6/30/10), the text of the proposed rule regarding any further delay of the 2009 State Energy Code implementation will reflect “ January 1, 2011” rather than “no later than April 1, 2011”.  PLEASE NOTE that this does not preclude a final decision of some other date, either BEFORE or AFTER January 1st.  The Building Code Council wants to hear from all stakeholders either through written or spoken testimony BEFORE making a final decision.  The Public Hearings on this rule as anticipated to be in Spokane on September 10th and Olympia on September 24th after which a decision will be made.  We are entering rulemaking regarding the implementation date ONLY… there are NO technical changes to the new Energy Code being considered as a part of this rulemaking action…For additional information go to the State Building Code Council’s website at: