Archive for OPALCO News: Membership


Friday, June 19th, 2015

Members Will Pay Monthly Add-On to Recover Under-Charged Bill Amounts At the June 18 board meeting on Lopez, the Orcas Power & Light Cooperative Board approved a temporary revenue recovery add-on to make up for the current cost-of-service gap and projected revenue shortfall through the end of 2015. The add-on will be applied to all… READ MORE »

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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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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Utilities, excavators and the public are all affected by a new call-before-you-dig law that includes more rigorous enforcement, mandatory damage reporting and higher penalties. The intent of the law is to improve communication between utilities and excavators/homeowners and decrease damage to underground utilities. The new law requires excavators to: outline the proposed dig in white… READ MORE »

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Tree Trimming Crews at Work to Clear Utility Right of Way

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

OPALCO maintains the clearance between trees and shrubs and our power lines on a regular schedule. It’s that time of year again. Professional tree trimming crews will be making their rounds beginning the week of May 18th. Please look for the crews along our roads on each island: Week of May 18th: San Juan Island –… 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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2015 Election and Annual Meeting Results

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

ADAMS AND CORNELIUS WIN OPALCO ELECTION, RECORD VOTER TURNOUT, BYLAW AMENDMENT VOTED DOWN OPALCO members boarded the ferry on Saturday for the 2015 Annual Meeting and Board of Directors’ election after the Co-op received a record 2,758 total ballots (2,687 absentee, plus 71 on the ferry) representing 24% of the membership. The successful candidates were incumbent… READ MORE »

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