...1951 - 1975

1953 Update: Letellier and Buck Helm OPALCO

May 1953: George E. Letellier was the Manager of OPALCO and Robert F. Buck was President of the Board.

Lopez Island Celebrates New Power with Big Party

July 22, 1951: More than 700 people thronged Odlin Park on Lopez Island to help OPALCO and BPA celebrate the delivery of power from Anacortes to Lopez Island. … Read More

Submarine Cable Goes Live

July 18, 1951, 12:51 p.m.: After 14 years of effort to get low-cost Columbia River power from the mainland to the islands, BPA energized its newly installed cable … Read More

Shaw Island Powers Up

The lines on Shaw Island were energized.

World’s Longest Cable Laid From Anacortes to Decatur Island

“Bonneville Power Administration engineers yesterday completed laying the world’s longest submarine power cable, a line 7 ½ miles long linking Greens Point near Anacortes and the San Juan … Read More

“Queen’s Court” Christens Sub-Marine Cable

Anacortes’ “Queen’s Court” christened the cable to cross Rosario Strait and connect the San Juan Islands with power from BPA.