Island Network Expands to Serve Selected Large Users

January 1, 2006

OPALCO began providing Island Network Internet services and advanced Ethernet services to a limited number of public organizations and targeted businesses.  San Juan County subscribed to the first … Read More

Island Network Goes Live

January 1, 2005

The fiber connection to OPALCO’s Eastsound office was completed, and OPALCO began transporting all data traffic over its own fiber-optic system.  Installations at the Washington State Ferry terminals, … Read More

Article: “OPALCO Puts Finishing Touches on Underground Cable Project” (November, 2004)

November 1, 2004

“OPALCO Puts Finishing Touches on Underground Cable Project,”by Marcia Gillingham. Northwest Public Power Association Bulletin (November, 2004), pp. 25-26.  Click icon or image to open .pdf.

2004 Cable Install Photo Story

September 16, 2004

A .pdf album of the 2004 Orcas Landing Fiber Cable Install in cooperation with Caldwell Marine.

“Island Network” Internet Service Pilot Project Launched

July 1, 2003

The Board approved the Island Network / Friday Harbor Intranet Pilot.  A microwave link was installed connecting Friday Harbor to Lopez.  In 2004, a grant from the San … Read More

Cornelius Steps in as General Manager

August 1, 2002

Randy J. Cornelius was hired as General Manager.  Cornelius came up through the ranks from journeyman lineman, later earning his degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University.  … Read More

Giant Residential Solar Array Starts Feeding Power into OPALCO Grid

July 1, 2002

Orcas Island residents Richard and Becky Greaves installed a 30kW photovoltaic (PV) system, the largest privately owned system in the Northwest and the largest local producer in OPALCO’s … Read More

Contaminated Eastsound Generator Plant Site Cleaned Up

January 1, 2002

OPALCO spent half a million dollars to clean up chemical contaminants in the ground at the old generator plant.  Geo Engineers of Redmond, WA was hired to bring … Read More

Ouch! Wholesale Cost of Electricity Skyrockets

October 1, 2001

BPA’s wholesale power rates increased by 50%.  OPALCO avoided this increase by signing a pre-subscription contract, saving over $8 million in power costs over the next five years.

First Fiber Optic Cable Laid from Anacortes to Islands

January 1, 2001

The Board approved a new communication system for OPALCO using fiber optics.  BPA laid a new cable between Anacortes and Lopez Island and signed a 30-year agreement with … Read More