Archive for OPALCO News: Energy Efficiency

OPALCO Board Approves 2016 Budget and Rates

Monday, November 30th, 2015

OPALCO’s Board of Directors has approved the 2016 budget with measures in place to keep our Co-op financially healthy, following two years of declining energy sales. Members’ bills will go up by an average of 5% beginning in January and a new Energy Assistance Program will provide a monthly discount to qualified households. The full… READ MORE »

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Board Perspective on Rates and Finance

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Board Perspective on Rates and Finance Jim Lett, Board President September 9, 2015 Dear Co-op Members: The following thoughtful analysis of OPALCO’s rates and revenue situation was initiated by our Shaw Island board member, Dr. Jerry Whitfield, who brings significant expertise in business and financial matters. This letter has been reviewed and edited by the… READ MORE »

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OPALCO Member Survey on Rates and Funding Priorities

Friday, August 14th, 2015

As OPALCO leadership prepare for the 2016 budget and rate discussions, members are encouraged to give their feedback on rates and funding priorities through an online survey at The survey is open until September 15th. In addition to soliciting member feedback on rate structure options, the survey addresses how OPALCO should fund incentives for… READ MORE »

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OPALCO Member Comments Posted Online

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

OPALCO is listening. Of the 337 people who attended OPALCO’s 78th Annual Meeting, 54 members submitted questions and comments for staff to respond to. Member comments, questions and answers have been posted online in our Recently Asked Questions. All but four of those members have been contacted personally with a response (four did not give… READ MORE »

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Electrifying: What is the Grid Control Backbone? How is it Paid For?

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Our recent survey results showed us that our membership wants to be better informed about Co-op business. Look for these “Electrifying” articles regularly in our local papers and at Our Cooperative has built a robust grid control backbone that is at the core of our electrical distribution system. The backbone is mostly a fiber… READ MORE »

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Survey Results are in: 91% of Members are Satisfied, More to Gain through Energy Savings, Internet Services a Hot Topic

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative is listening to its members. A web-based member satisfaction survey was recently offered to all 11,281 members in exchange for a $5 bill credit. Participation was great: 2,172 surveys were completed between May 3rd and June 20th, representing about 20% of the membership. The full results are linked here: OPALCO… READ MORE »

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