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Energy Efficiency and the OPALCO Annual Meeting

Friday, May 13th, 2016

The OPALCO Annual Meeting has the primary function the electing of the Directors to the Board and approving any bylaw amendments. And the occasion also brings a number of guests and supporting agencies that have everything to do with Energy Savings and all the programs related to energy efficiency.

At this year’s meeting, the 79th for OPALCO, we were joined by the team at San Juan Conservation District, the Community Energy Challenge, and the OPALCO Energy Savings Team. You may have met the folks working in our county to promote energy savings through weatherization and other programs when they were handing out low-energy night lights and “solar” clothes dryers.

And speaking of programs, here’s a snapshot of how to get started with your energy savings projects.

Energy Efficiency BoardGame

If you didn’t get to the 2016 Annual Meeting to learn how these programs have already saved energy and members’ money, keep an eye on this site for upcoming meetings and events geared towards Energy Savings.

Next post will talk about the Community Energy Challenge(CEC) successes. Check back soon to read more.

The 2015 Island Energy Fairs are coming!

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Members of all ages learn to save energy.

Want to test drive an Electric Vehicle (EV), tour solar homes, and learn about the latest ways to save energy?

OPALCO invites you to join us at the Energy Fairs.

This is an interesting and fun way to understand the sources of electric power and to be aware of your own personal energy usage habits and savings options. The OPALCO Energy Savings team, the M.O.R.E. (Member Owned Renewable Energy) committee, and Islands Energy will be participating. In addition to energy efficiency and conservation workshops, there will be free kids activities, raffle prizes, and much more!

Comparing the energy consumption of different kinds of lights.

Comparing the energy consumption of different kinds of lights.

The Island Energy Fairs represent a community collaboration between San Juan Islands Conservation District and OPALCO.

San Juan Island Energy Fair

Saturday, May 30 from 10am-3pm
At the Mullis Community Center

Orcas Island Energy Fair

Saturday, June 6 from 10am-3pm
At the Eastsound Village Green

Lopez Island Energy Fair

Saturday, June 27 from 10am-3pm
At the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts

Highlights include:

  • Free energy savings kits
  • A light bulb exchange (bring any number of incandescent bulbs and up to 10 expired CFLs to exchange for 3 new 60W equivalent standard LED bulbs)
  • Demonstrations of electric vehicles
  • Information about home energy audits and locally generated power
  • Information about OPALCO efficiency rebate programs
  • Local contractor booths
  • Details about planned Community Solar projects
  • Energy keynote speakers

 

Kids checking out a Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle

Kids checking out a Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle

Learn about Solar Energy for your home

Friday Harbor Labs Reap Big Savings with Lighting Upgrades

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs is receiving a rebate check for $46,230 after completing a substantial lighting efficiency upgrade project in late March.  This retrofit was a component of a larger ESCO project to “green up” facilities.  The lab upgraded to high performance linear bulbs and ballasts and replaced incandescent lighting with LEDs.  This will result in an estimated energy savings of 101,333 kWhs annually!

OPALCO Energy Savings Specialist Elisa Howard will present the rebate check at 4pm on Friday, May 2nd to Lisa Graumlich, the Dean of the UW College of the Environment.  The public is welcome to attend the presentation at the labs to learn more about this exciting project.

OPALCO’s rebate program is funded by Bonneville Power Administration to help incentivize energy efficiency upgrades in San Juan County.  Since 10/1/13, the OPALCO Energy Savings staff has issued a total of $241,115 in rebate checks to members with a collective estimated annual kWh savings of 825,089.

Have you claimed your share of energy efficiency rebates?  Click here for more information or to learn about other OPALCO efficiency and conservation programs.

UW FH Labs

UW Friday Harbor Labs