At the Northwest Public Power Association's annual Northwest Innovations Conference in September, OPALCO was honored with two of the top Excellence in Communication awards: first place for best annual report publication (2012) and another first place for a collection of commemorative items created for the Co-op's 75th Anniversary celebration.
The Excellence in Communication contest recognizes the top communication efforts from Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) member utilities and associations. NWPPA is an international association representing and serving more than 150 customer-owned, locally controlled utilities in Western U.S. and Canada as well as nearly 300 associate members who are allied with the electric utility industry. The 2013 Excellence in Communication awards received 176 entries from 40 different utility and associate members.
Receiving the awards, OPALCO Communication Specialist Suzanne Olson thanked Tif & Gif of Friday Harbor who did the design for the 2012 Annual Report – and created our 75th Anniversary icon. Olson also recognized Touchstone Energy Cooperative who, through their partnership and discount program, made it possible to create affordable and high quality branded items for our members during our 75th Anniversary celebration year.
v The 2012 Annual Report, which also served as OPALCO’s 75th Anniversary publication, is available online at www.opalco.com/history/. The various commemorative items, such as caps, bags, mugs, pins and lunch bags can be seen throughout the islands as co-op members wear them, carry them to work and school and display them in their homes. 75th Anniversary commemorative calendars are still available at your OPALCO offices and 2014 replacement pages will be available in December.
OPALCO is our member-owned cooperative electric utility, powering more than 11,000 members on 20 islands in San Juan County. OPALCO provides electricity that is 95% greenhouse-gas free and is generated predominantly by hydroelectric plants. OPALCO was founded in 1937.