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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Co-op Members Making a Difference

  • 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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  • Meet Zoe and Tony: Put on a sweater and meet some cool new neighbors

    Zoe and Tony Grosinger moved to Orcas 2.5 years ago. They fell in love with the island when they were scouting out a venue for their wedding. They were looking for a community that they could contribute to and support and island life called to them. Zoe and Tony are passionate not only about electricity and efficiency but about reducing … Continue reading

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