The third 100-year storm in two years caused power outages for two-to-four weeks. Staff member Beth Anderson recalled, “Hurricane-force winds whipped trees in all directions. Trees and power … Read More
Tiny Armitage Island became the 20th island to be electrified by OPALCO.
The first of three “100-year storms” to hit San Juan County in a two-year period struck. Acres of trees were mowed down by the storm, and power was … Read More
Doug Bechtel was named General Manager. Bechtel played a key role in the development of the Co-op during his 14-year tenure and was responsible for moving the utility … Read More
OPALCO was swept up in the Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS) debacle, the biggest and most notorious municipal bond default in U.S. history. OPALCO was one of … Read More
One of OPALCO’s own, Bruce “Ole” Pederson, Journeyman Lineman of Lopez Island, was killed while working on a 7,200-volt regulator bank on Lopez.