What do farmers and power utilities have in common? More than you might think | Letters

  • Apr 16, 2015 at 1:57PM

OPALCO can negotiate for materials and salaries, and seek to negotiate with BPA on rates at long intervals, but neither BPA nor OPALCO can control the cost of power when OPALCO’s members’ power needs exceed the fixed-price contracted amount under the OPALCO-BPA power purchase contract. BPA’s reliance on hydropower makes it a farmer too.


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When it comes to U.S. elections, Einstein may have said it best | Guest column

  • Apr 16, 2015 at 1:45PM

If we choose to continue to believe that doing the same thing over and over again with the expectation of different results, then the 2016 election results are predictable.

Confusion has its costs; co-op can do better | Editorial

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 7:00AM

The powers that be at OPALCO say they are listening to your concerns. While there's nothing wrong that, we’ll suggest a bit more dialogue would prove beneficial for all.

Key to salmon recovery? Demolition | Guest Column

  • Apr 9, 2015 at 1:00PM updated Apr 10, 2015 at 9:05AM

Breaching dams shows much promise for salmon recovery in the Pacific Northwest. The removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams in the Olympic National Park were the largest in U.S. history. This shows that Washington state can lead the country in habitat restoration.

Investment in broadband grows, electrical rates rise—coincidence?

  • Apr 7, 2015 at 11:41AM

What else lies behind OPALCO's rate increases? The answer, I believe, is “grid control backbone,” the co-op’s code word for fiber-optics infrastructure.

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