The Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) Board of Directors support renewable power, electric vehicles, carbon reduction and protection of our Salish Sea. Washington’s Initiative 1631 is a step in the right direction to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy, despite flaws in the current version of the bill.
We’d like to see the legislation coming from this initiative do more to reduce carbon pollution and channel more of the funds collected back into renewable programs. However, passing I-1631 now moves Washington forward in alignment with OPALCO’s vision for investments in renewable energy in place of fossil fuels for the health of our membership and the sustainability of our remote island communities. It will provide incentives for fuel switching (beneficial electrification) as costs for propane and gas increase – and encourage the adoption of electric vehicles, electrification of our ferry system and remove barriers for siting new renewable energy projects.
The intent of I-1631 is consistent with OPALCO’s long history of stewardship of our archipelago. As residents of the Salish Sea, we are committed to protecting our sensitive environment and want clean water and clean air to benefit all inhabitants of our region, including the Orcas whales and all of the creatures who are impacted by carbon pollution.
We understand that not all of our peers in the electric power industry are supporting this initiative in its current form. We agree with our peers that some of the language of this bill needs improvement and we want to see greater support for renewables and siting for renewable projects, consideration for displaced workers and environmental justice for the communities that will be impacted by this measure.
However, we feel that we cannot afford to delay legislature any further that would begin to address the critical issues such as clean air, clean water, cleaner transportation options and energy efficiency upgrades for homes and businesses that this measure will invest in. The legislation coming from this initiative will save our membership money on their overall energy bills and will make strides to reduce carbon in our environment.
While we hope for more, we support I-1631 and whole-heartedly commit to working with our legislators to build on this foundation toward a healthier Washington for all.
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- Election results: Krebs, Gaylord and Jewett win, affordable housing REET approved
- Grifo: Supports Brandli for District Court Judge
- Gaydos: Supports Gaylord for county Prosecutor
- Ranker: Supports Jewett for District Court Judge
- Longan: Supports Brandli for District Court Judge
- Storey: Supports Asher for Sheriff
- Editorial: Brandli is the logical choice for District Court Judge
- Editorial: A hesitant Yes For Homes
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- 44 Businesses and Organizations: We support Yes for Homes
- Evans and Brownell: Support Randy Gaylord
- Samish Indian Nation Chairman: Supports Initiative 1631
- Mager: Elect Steve Brandli
- Some ballots cast, others still on the way to voters' mailboxes
- Alexander: Supports Brandli for District Court Judge
- Nick Power: I know where the problems are in the county
- Gaylord running for 7th term as county Prosecutor
- Did Krebs and Gaylord lie to the county Council?
- Brennan: Vote No on Initiative 1639
- Ibold: A reluctant Yes for Homes
- Jensen: Supports Brandli for District Court Judge
- Brandli would like to be the next District Court Judge
- Jewett's goal to be a judge may be in sight
- Weiss: Endorses Power for Prosecuting Attorney
- Delay and Rands: Vote for Brandli for District Court
- Drath: Vote Yes for Homes
- Lange: Why I Support Randy Gaylord for Prosecuting Attorney
- Appel: Our Necessary Alliance
- Retired FBI agent endorses Asher for Sheriff
- Fouquette: How do I fairly navigate the Sheriff’s Guild endorsement?
- Brennan: I-1639 is Wasted Energy
- Brash: Vote Yes for Homes
- Rhoads: Vote Yes for Homes
- Graham: Vote Yes for Homes
- Wilding: Supports Brandli for District Court Judge
- Kaiman: Supports Brandli for District Court Judge
- Peter: Supports Krebs for Sheriff
- Sheriff's Guild endorses Krebs
- Brennan: Doesn't trust Sheriff Krebs
- OPALCO Supports Affordable Housing Solutions: Vote YES FOR HOMES
- Johns: Supported Krebs for sheriff in 2014, will not vote for him in 2018
- Strutz: Vote Yes for Homes
- Roberts: Vote Yes for Homes
- Ford: Supports Brandli for District Court Judge
- Franciosi: Supports Brandli for District Court Judge
- Murray: Affordable Housing - From A Senior Point of View
- Grout: Vote Yes for Homes
- Appleton: Commends Gaylord and Jewett
- Magee: Vote Yes for Homes referendum
- deGavre: Why I won't vote for Gaylord
- Zwilling: Supports Brandli for District Court Judge
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- Moe: Three Reasons to Re-elect Randy Gaylord
- Six attorneys express support for Nick Powers
- Latsinova: Supports Nick Power for Prosecuting Attorney
- Olson: Businesses hurt by affordable housing shortage
- Milliken: Supports Asher for Sheriff
- Alderton: Our community needs safe and affordable homes
- Flanery: Supports Power for Prosecuting Attorney
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- Pollard: Time to retire Gaylord
- Guest Column by Alex MacLeod: Gaylord ignored warnings about disgraced detective
- Stamper: Supports Gaylord for Prosecuting Attorney
- Dustrude: Supports Gaylord for Prosecuting Attorney
- Orcas Resource Center: Vote Yes for affordable housing REET
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- Drozd: Supports Gaylord for prosecutor
- Lawrence: Vote yes for Affordable Housing REET
- Jung: Vote yes on Affordable Housing REET
- Barbour: Vote Yes on Housing REET
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- Kenimond: Supports Nick Power for Prosecuting Attorney
- Pederson: Supports Gaylord for PA
- Tharp: Support Nick Power for San Juan County Prosecutor