Archive for OPALCO News: Bills

New OPALCO Surcharge to Correct Revenue Shortfall; Rate Structure Discussion Ongoing

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

OPALCO leadership pledged to continue to work toward a better rate structure while, in the interim, a surcharge will appear on bills beginning in July to address the revenue shortfall. More than 20 members representing four islands attended OPALCO’s special board meeting on Thursday, May 28th in Eastsound. As is customary at OPALCO Board meetings,… READ MORE »

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Beginning in February, electric rates are going up. Residential members with average energy usage will see their OPALCO bill go up about $10/month. The rate increase is based on a number of factors, primarily making sure our revenue is adequate to meet budgeted expenses and covering the cost of upcoming submarine cable replacements over the… READ MORE »

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Submarine Cables & Revenue Shortfall Drive Rates Up

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

TYPICAL RESIDENTIAL MEMBER WILL SEE AN AVERAGE 9% INCREASE IN 2015 OPALCO leadership has approved a new rate structure and 2015 budget that include rate increases for all members. There is no getting around it: we are facing expensive submarine cable replacements beginning in 2015 and continuing for the next 20 years. In addition, we… READ MORE »

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Member Satisfaction Survey Results

Monday, August 11th, 2014

OPALCO Member Satisfaction Report 2014 Thank you to the 2,172 members who completed the survey! Please click the image for full survey findings + a copy of the actual survey questions and the narrative comments we received are linked below. We will be available to talk about these results at the County Fair: Aug 13-16…. READ MORE »

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OPALCO Election Open; Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 3rd

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Our member-owned electric cooperative is holding its annual meeting and election for the Board of Directors. This is every members’ opportunity to influence who sets our co-op policies and rates. Every OPALCO member has the right to vote in each election– regardless of their home district. In this election, there are six candidates running for… READ MORE »

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OPALCO Invests in Energy Savings to Keep Member Costs Down

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

OPALCO recently announced a 6% rate increase beginning in March. What can we do to keep member costs down? Energy efficiency and conservation activities and gains are key tools for minimizing kWh usage and helping members to control their utility bills. Every little bit helps: the Northwest Power and Conservation Council states “Nearly 60% of… READ MORE »

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