RePower Humboldt was a community-wide effort to define a vision and Strategic Plan for achieving energy independence and energy security in Humboldt County.
This effort culminated in the development of the RePower Humboldt Strategic Plan to guide the integration of renewable energy into Humboldt County, develop local energy infrastructure, and set energy-related goals. You can view the full Strategic Plan and supporting documents by using the links to the right.
The California Energy Commission developed the RESCO (Renewable Energy Secure Community) program to support communities in developing local renewable energy resources, including energy efficiency and conservation, in an way that meets local energy needs and secures a sustainable energy future at minimal costs to consumers. Benefits of becoming an Energy Secure Community potentially include:
- Less reliance on foreign energy sources
- More predictable, less volatile energy prices
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- Creation of local jobs and local economic stimulus.
Humboldt County has the ability to lead the way toward a sustainable energy future by using local renewable resources to meet the majority of its electricity needs and a large portion of its heating and transportation energy needs. Key recommendations from the Strategic Plan include:
- Aggressively pursue cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities
- Support responsible wind energy development
- Expand the use of biomass energy that is consistent with forest restoration needs and priorities
- Develop infrastructure for and encourage the use of electric vehicles
- Encourage development of distributed energy installations
- Pursue options for local development and ownership of renewable energy projects, as well as local purchase of the power generated
- Form an energy leadership group to move the plan forward.
Community Scale Renewable Energy
Please see the full news announcement from SERC here, as well as news and updates on the biomass project.