Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) is a local government Joint Powers Agency (follow link for definition) founded in 2003 whose members include the County of Humboldt, the Cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell, and Trinidad, and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. We develop and implement sustainable energy initiatives that reduce energy demand, increase energy efficiency, and advance the use of clean, efficient and renewable resources.
Thank you for working with us toward these important goals. We have organized the information below to help orient you and all Community Advisory Committee members to our agency’s work and structure. If you have any questions, please contact Executive Director Matthew Marshall, who will be happy to provide more information.
- Joint Powers Authority Agreement
- Community Choice Aggregation Implementation Plan
- Community Energy Program Launch Period Strategy and Targets
- RePower Humboldt – RCEA’s Comprehensive Action Plan for Energy (CAPE – Revised 2019)
- Organization chart
- RePower Humboldt Strategic Plan (2013)
- Board of Directors Operating Guidelines
- Community Advisory Committee Charter
The CAC is a 15-member, Board-appointed volunteer citizen committee providing input and decision-making support
- Conflict of Interest
- Records Retention
- Financial Management
- Customer Confidentiality
- Prohibition Against Untrue Information
- Social Media
- CCE Terms and Conditions
- Energy Risk Management
- Employee Compensation
- Employee Performance Review
Board Member Resources
CalCCA’s mission is to create a legislative and regulatory environment that supports the development and long-term sustainability of locally-run Community Choice Aggregation electricity providers to protect energy choice in California.
CAISO 101 Staff Online “Brown Bag”
- This presentation by RCEA’s Richard Engel, Director of Power Resources and Jocelyn Gwynn, Manager of Power Resources explains how the California Independent System Operator manages ~80% of the state’s electric grid (with no less than eight monitors per desk in their impressive Control Center), and the importance of their role in the larger Western Interconnection.
Glossary of Terms:
RCEA offers energy services on both sides of the electric meter and is actively engaged in advanced fuel initiatives in transportation.
RCEA’s Community Choice Energy program was created by the County’s Board of Supervisors, city councils and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District to offer residents lower electricity rates and local control of our energy resources.
RCEA’s efficiency services include:
NON-RESIDENTIAL No-cost and no-obligation energy assessments, no-cost and reduced cost LED lighting upgrades, project management support, assistance with 0% on-bill financing, electric rate analysis, and detailed project reports including cost estimates, available incentives and financial impacts.
RESIDENTIAL Free Energy Advisor Consultations, Free Energy Efficiency Kits, and Home Performance Assessment Services.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Solar site assessments, technical assistance, energy management support, no-cost greenhouse gas inventories, and energy action planning.
The 2016-18 Redwood Coast Energy Watch contract, valued at $4.6 million, provided Humboldt County Small and Medium Businesses, local governments, residents and hard-to-reach market sectors with energy efficiency implementation and planning services. Services were designed to provide immediate and long term energy savings.
The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop. 39) provided funding for medium term energy management services and cost-effective energy projects that reduced use and utility costs. RCEA’s services have ranged from coordinating comprehensive energy assessment with a variety of stakeholders, to implementation and final reporting to the California Energy Commission. Proposition 39 has led to the installation of solar, heat pumps, efficient lighting, HVAC, windows, and building automation control systems all while supporting and building local capacity to implement energy saving projects while managing energy and utility costs.
RCEA’s Advanced Fuels and Transportation Program’s goal is to support the use of advanced fuel vehicles in Humboldt County. RCEA owns and operates a network of 14 public level 2 charging stations that can charge up to 29 vehicles simultaneously.
The program has served as a liaison for several fast charger developers and assisted with the installation of Humboldt County’s first two fast chargers. RCEA promotes these stations, encourages customers to electrify their transportation, and actively leads and participates in regional clean transportation planning processes.
The department serves as a North Coast regional ombudsman to educate and guide our customers through the electric vehicle and charging station purchasing process. Battery electric vehicle market acceleration efforts are complemented by fuel cell electric vehicle infrastructure planning throughout the North Coast and Upstate region.
Updated May 27, 2020