New General Manager: Doug Bechtel

Doug Bechtel

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 toward greater system reliability through undergrounding projects (via the storm abatement surcharge), and for working with the Board to select a new communications system, which laid the groundwork for our current fiber-optic infrastructure. 

Bechtel also started OPALCO’s Green Power Program, which gave members a way to support local renewable energy, and authored 333 “OPALCOGrams” to keep members informed.