Early OPALCO – From a Child’s Memory I was three years old when we moved to Orcas. My Dad, John E. Harrison, was born and raised in Eastsound, … Read More
A contest was held among students of the island high schools for an OPALCO logo. Osborne Van Moorham and Buddy Russell of Nellie S. Milton School tied and … Read More
OPALCO had a little more than 200 miles of overhead distribution line installed: 70 on Orcas Island, 45 on Lopez, 75 on San Juan, and 12 on Shaw … Read More
At 11 years old, OPALCO had 1191 consumers using an average of 171 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month. A total usage of 2,444,671 kWh generated $128,661.00 in energy sales. … Read More
“Generator for Island on Order in East. May Take a Month for It to Get Here. Juice Must Be Saved.” Orcas Islander, June 5, 1947. The article stated … Read More
The generating plant at Orcas had a record load of 225kW and the fuses at the transformer bank blew, causing an island-wide blackout. Outages due to overload were … Read More
OPALCO acquired five acres on Lopez from “Mrs. Riviere” and built a new diesel power plant.