the island way

What we share is stronger than what we face

Determining our own energy future


What will it mean in the coming years, to sustain our island communities? To recognize change and find our way through it? Where will we find the power we need? Only here, only in ourselves. This is the task that has come to us. But we aren’t alone. We have the advantage of the most advanced energy technology on the planet—if we choose to seize it. We have a utility model that’s equal parts cooperation and independence—if we choose to trust it, and magnify its strengths. And we have a long-standing habit of thinking off the coast of the expected—if we choose to unite and use it to shape the future we want.

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    Switch It Up!

    Reduce your overall energy usage by switching to electricity!


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    Electric Vehicles

    Find all about Electric Vehicles and why you can switch today

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    Community Solar

    New project coming in 2021. Microgrids are the future.

Co-op Members Making a Difference

  • Meet Greg and Anna: Speeding the way to a greener future

    Greg Lewis and Anna Stevens are brand new to San Juan Island as of May 2020. After spending many years visiting the island, they finally got their chance to relocate when they bought Susie’s Mopeds. Despite making the move right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shop has been busy and they have no shortage of exciting dreams … Continue reading

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  • Meet Patricia and Bruce Benton: All-Star Efficiency Adopters

    Patricia and Bruce moved to Orcas full-time in June of 2020 after visiting for the past four years – particularly during the Orcas Island Film Festivals. The access to excellent broadband was a determining factor in being able to stay on island year-round, as they both work from home – and a fiber hook-up is underway to provide a rock-solid … Continue reading

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  • Energy Champion Winnie Adams

    Winnie Adams came to Waldron Island in the late 1970s to spend time with her brother and his children. Her parents were already living on Orcas Island, which made for a natural transition. She has served our island community as a public-school teacher, environmental educator and a yoga instructor – maybe most well remembered for her Mamasana classes for new … Continue reading

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The Island Way Podcast

Check out Season One of The Island Way podcast where we introduce our Island Way campaign and share how members can get involved.

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    Episode 1: Community Solar

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    Episode 2: The Island Way Campaign

    Coming Soon!