Archive for OPALCO News: Membership

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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Friday, November 6th, 2015

OPALCO led a county-wide work group to identify the needs of our lowest-income residents and to collaborate on effective solutions. The findings show there is a broad spectrum of affordability needs to address and that an effective response will require county-wide agency participation. OPALCO will do its part, proposing new measures in the Co-op’s 2016… 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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Local Co-ops Join in Celebration of National Co-op Month

Monday, October 5th, 2015

The Orcas Food Co-op, San Juan Island Food Co-op and OPALCO have joined forces to bring the National Co-op Month celebration San Juan County. During the month of October, we are cooperatively offering family activities, co-op talks, film showings, goodies and a Gold Star Co-op Member checklist with prizes and a raffle drawing. Get 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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Letter from the General Manager: June 23, 2015

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

In this month’s Letter from the General Manager: A history of ups and downs Co-ops operate at the cost of service This is our row to hoe We must stay the course Congratulations to Randy Cornelius

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