Board of Directors Reference

Welcome Directors,

Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) is a local government Joint Powers Agency (PDF) 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.

Board Member Resources

CalCCA WebsiteCalCCA’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.

CalCCA Power Purchasing Overview (PDF)

CalCCA Compliance and Oversight Info (PDF) — Link currently unavailable

CAISO 101 Staff Online “Brown Bag”— 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.

RCEA Rate Change One-Pager – Background information on rates and the upcoming rate changes.

Biomass Analysis & Discussion at the March 25, 2021, RCEA Board of Directors meeting.

See RCEA’s Key Documents page for additional information

See RCEA’s Key Documents page for additional information


RCEA offers energy services on both sides of the electric meter and is actively engaged in advanced fuel initiatives in transportation.

Community Choice Energy


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.

Demand Side Management


Oona Smith and her free Energy Efficiency Kit
Oona Smith and her free Energy Efficiency Kit

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.

Advanced Fuels and Transportation


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.

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Eureka, CA 95501

(707) 269-1700

(800) 931-7232

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