RCEA Awarded $3 Million to Assist Rural Fire Stations with Energy Resilience

EUREKA, CA. – January 9, 2024 The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) has been selected to receive a $3,000,000 award under the California Office of Planning & Research (OPR) Regional Resilience Grant Program (RRPG). The RCEA “Energy-Resilient Fire Services in High-Threat Communities” project will use the RRGP funds to construct resilient energy systems (solar panels + batteries) at fire stations that serve high-fire risk areas in Humboldt County. The goal of this work is to provide onsite electricity during emergencies and power outages so that critical services provided by fire stations remain available.

RCEA will work with project partners to design, permit, and install solar energy + battery storage systems at 16 fire stations. Installation of this equipment will allow local fire agencies to provide power to charge medical equipment and cellular phones and support other life-sustaining services such as cooling during extreme heat events and air filtration during fire season. Additionally, installation of onsite renewable energy systems will reduce power bills during normal operations and replace the need for generators using fossil-fuels during power outages. The grant funds will also support ongoing prescribed burn training provided by the University of California Cooperative Extension in partnership with the Humboldt County Prescribed Burn Association.

RCEA is thankful for the collaboration and input of our project partners. Project partners include: Yurok Tribe Volunteer Fire Department, Hoopa Tribe Volunteer Fire Department, Karuk Department of Natural Resources, Blue Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Telegraph Ridge Volunteer Fire Company, Honeydew Volunteer Fire Department, Fruitland Ridge Volunteer Fire Company, Orick Volunteer Fire Department, Orleans Volunteer Fire Department, Petrolia Volunteer Fire Department, Salmon Creek Volunteer Fire Company, Bridgeville Fire Protection District, Briceland Volunteer Fire Department, Whitethorn Fire Protection District, Willow Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Westhaven Volunteer Fire Department, Schatz Energy Research Center, and the University of California Office of Extension. For more information see the California Office of Planning and Research grant award announcement: Press Release: California Awards $21.7 Million to Bolster Regional-Scale Climate Resilience Across the State – Office of Planning and Research

About RCEA

Established in 2003, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority is a local government joint powers agency whose members include the County of Humboldt, the seven cities within the county, the Yurok Tribe and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. The Energy Authority’s purpose is to develop and implement sustainable energy initiatives that reduce energy demand, increase energy efficiency, and advance the use of clean, efficient, and renewable resources available in the region. For more info, visit redwoodenergy.org.

RCEA’s Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid Wins Statewide Reliability and Resiliency Awards

Energy innovators recognize the 100% renewable energy microgrid for cutting edge community contribution

EUREKA, CA. May 31, 2023 — The Redwood Coast Energy Authority received two distinguished awards last week for the collaborative Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid (RCAM) project. The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) recognized RCEA with a first place Impact Award in the Reliability category at their annual conference in San Diego. RCEA also won the “California Microgrid” award during Microgrid Knowledge’s 2023 Greater Good Award ceremony in Anaheim.

RCEA staff were among 600 attendees at the CalCCA Conference in San Diego from May 16 to 19. Staff both led and participated in panel discussions and attended workshops with other Community Choice Aggregators.

“Community choice energy providers across California are developing and implementing exciting projects and programs and CalCCA is central in sharing success stories so effective strategies can be replicated up and down the state,” said RCEA Executive Director Matthew Marshall. “It is an honor to receive this recognition and we look forward to building on what we’ve learned through this project to deploy future microgrids in our region.”

RCEA’s Infrastructure Planning and Operations Director Dana Boudreau attended the Microgrid Knowledge Conference in Anaheim with David Carter from Schatz Energy Research Center, a key project partner. “RCEA is honored to accept this award on behalf of the Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid project team. We’re grateful for the opportunity to bring new knowledge, technology, and skills into the industry and to accelerate the transition toward clean, resilient and sustainable energy for communities around the world,” said Boudreau. The award-winning project team continues to seek and develop innovative new technologies to maintain and improve the RCAM system and identify opportunities for additional microgrids.

Since its launch in June 2022, RCAM’s solar powered battery storage system repeatedly and seamlessly provided backup power to the U.S. Coast Guard Humboldt Bay Air Station, the California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport, and the neighboring community during a long winter of power outages caused by severe weather and earthquakes.

Projects tackling adverse challenges are essential in rural areas like Humboldt County and community choice energy programs that keep energy dollars local are key to getting them built. The State of California, through the California Energy Commission, saw RCAM as a model project to be replicated across the state and joined community choice energy provider RCEA as a major project funder.

The RCAM microgrid project was made possible by a collaborative partnership with the Schatz Energy Research Center at Cal Poly Humboldt, the County of Humboldt, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Tesla, The Energy Authority, TRC, and Schweitzer Engineering Labs.

About CalCCA

The California Community Choice Association supports community choice electricity providers, such as RCEA, in the legislature and at state regulatory agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board. CalCCA is comprised of 24 of the 25 Community Choice Aggregators currently operating in the state. Its mission focuses on advocating for its Community Choice Aggregators by supporting legislative and regulatory objectives, and aiding long-term goals of education, sustainability, and technical guidance.

About Microgrid Knowledge

Microgrid Knowledge is the self-proclaimed “world’s largest news site dedicated to all things microgrid.” Their 2023 Anaheim conference explored the markets, technologies, policies, and customer benefits emerging as the world decentralizes its energy supply and electrifies buildings and transportation. The conference was an opportunity for businesses, communities, institutions, and government to learn what is available now and what lies ahead to improve microgrids and distributed energy operations.

About Microgrids

Microgrids can function and support communities during threats and outages to the traditional electricity grid, allowing communities to be resilient against unexpected forces such as earthquakes and severe weather. Microgrids can disconnect or “island” from the main grid and produce electricity independently during outages. During the major 6.4 magnitude earthquake in December 2022, the microgrid remained autonomously energized for nearly 15 hours.

About RCEA

Established in 2003, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority is a local government joint powers agency whose members include the County of Humboldt, the seven cities within the county, the Yurok Tribe and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. The Energy Authority’s purpose is to develop and implement sustainable energy initiatives that reduce energy demand, increase energy efficiency, and advance the use of clean, efficient, and renewable resources available in the region. For more info, visit redwoodenergy.org.

principle power offshore wind turbine

California Community Power Initiates Request For Information Regarding Developing Wind Energy Off California Coast

CC Power’s nine members will gain information and may explore offshore wind procurement following the RFI

Sacramento, Calif. – California Community Power (CC Power) has posted its Request for Information (RFI) on offshore wind, seeking information for projects targeted to be developed in the Humboldt and Morro Bay Wind Energy Areas, along with other possible offshore wind developments. This offshore wind RFI will inform Board recommendations regarding procurement, readiness, barriers, or other CC Power and Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) member actions for offshore wind.

The Humboldt and Morro Bay wind areas can provide high-quality wind energy that supports California’s grid reliability. CC Power could contract for such resources on behalf of its nine members, pending CC Power Board direction and related clean energy and economic analysis.

“Offshore wind energy can provide steady, valuable, and renewable energy to meet California’s clean energy needs, including during heat storms when the grid is taxed. This RFI fits with the goals of CC Power and RCEA,” said Matthew Marshall, Redwood Coast Energy Authority Executive Director and CC Power Board Member. “Gathering information and signaling interest in offshore wind is a prudent step for CC Power to gear up in exploring contracting for new offshore wind resources.”

CC Power represents nine CCAs, each governed by local and regional boards, overseeing the CCAs’ pursuit of clean energy resources, programs, and cost-competitive electrical service for local communities. The pursuit of 100% clean energy based on California law will require a portfolio of clean energy resources, including those that deliver clean energy at night and during extreme weather events. If contracted for development by CC Power, such resources will be included in each CCA’s resource plan, and CC Power will administer contracts to drive timely development and operations of new resources.

“This joint-action RFI will focus on California’s opportunity for floating offshore wind turbines, a technology gradually being deployed around the world,” said Alex J. Morris, General Manager of CC Power. “CC Power and its member CCAs have a track record of contracting for valuable renewable energy. This RFI helps us build formal recommendations on procurement for our Board and will inform strategies to address needs for port infrastructure and expanded electrical grid transmission, known barriers for offshore wind development in California.”

The ongoing RFI process, as well as member participation, have been discussed during noticed, public meetings of the CC Power board. Information is available at https://cacommunitypower.org/solicitations/.

About California Community Power

California Community Power is a Joint Powers Agency comprised of nine California Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs). The agency allows its member CCAs to combine their buying power to procure new, cost-effective clean energy and reliability resources to continue advancing local and state climate goals. California Community Power members represent 2.7 million customers across 112 municipalities spanning from Humboldt County to Santa Barbara County. Learn more at cacommunitypower.org.

Yurok Vice Chair Frankie Myers

Yurok Tribe Joins Redwood Coast Energy Authority

Yurok Tribe, RCEA Aim to Increase Access to Clean, Renewable Energy

The Yurok Tribe is the first sovereign tribal government to become a member of the Redwood Coast Energy Authority.

“We joined RCEA because its mission to implement initiatives that increase access to affordable, clean energy aligns with our core values,” said Yurok Vice Chairman Frankie Myers “As an RCEA member, the Tribe will be able to participate at the government to government level in the planning and development of long term renewable energy projects. We strongly believe the transition to sustainable energy sources is essential to the long-term health and prosperity of our community.”

“It is exciting to have the Yurok Tribe joining RCEA,” said RCEA Executive Director Matthew Marshall. “Over RCEA’s 20 years of se rv ing Humboldt County we’ve worked with the Tribe on many projects, and we are very much looking forward to building on that relationship and having Tribal representation on our governing board.” RCEA’s Board of Directors and the Yurok Tribal Council passed separate resolutions approving a joint powers agreement which made the Tribe an agency member. “The Yurok Tribe wishes to provide input on the development of secure, sustainable, clean, and affordable energy resources, and participate as a stakeholder,” according to the Yurok resolution.

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is a local government Joint Powers Agency. The agency was established to develop and implement sustainable energy initiatives that reduce energy demand, increase energy efficiency, and advance the use of clean, efficient, and renewable resources available in the region. RCEA 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 and the Yurok Tribe.

Yurok Vice Chairman Frankie Myers will represent the Tribe on the RCEA’s Board of Directors. Vice Chairman Myers has decades of experience in natural resources management, community development and cultural preservation. In addition to serving on the Yurok Tribal Council, he is the president of the Prey-go-neesh Construction Corporation, which performs infrastructure-building projects all over the United States. He is also leading the Tribe’s effort to equitably engage in the prospective floating offshore wind energy projects along California’s North Coast.

Last December, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) auctioned the development rights to 130,000 acres off the Humboldt coast for offshore wind energy production. Earlier this month, the Yurok Tribe, Cal Poly Humboldt and College of the Redwoods announced plans to prepare a local workforce to take advantage of future jobs in the new industry. This unique collaboration provides potential floating offshore wind developers an opportunity to support local workforce training.

Infrastructure Training Program

Humboldt County electricians can get reimbursed for their EVITP certification.

Redwood Coast Energy Authority is offering scholarships for up to ten certified electricians to become certified to install EV charging stations.
If you are a state licensed or certified electrician, you may be interested in getting EVITP certified to bid on:

  • RCEA’s upcoming North Coast Phase 2 EVSE EV charging station projects
  • Public works projects across the state of California
  • EV charging stations at homes and businesses

Interested certified electricians can sign-up for the EVITP certification training and exam on-line, which takes approximately 20 hours to complete (plus the exam time). Once completed, up to 10 electricians can apply for a scholarship by:

Funding for the North Coast Phase 2 EVSE EV charging stations is provided by RCEA and a Headwaters Fund Mini Grant.

For more information on EVITP training: https://evitp.org/training/
At RCEA contact Marianne Bithell (707) 382-2014.  MBithell@redwoodenergy.org

flyer for RCEA's heat pump workshop on Saturday, Jan. 21

Heat Pump Workshop
for Space and Water Heating

Join RCEA for two separate expert presentations on heat pump space and water heating on Saturday, January 21 at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and a chance to talk with local heat pump contractors. This workshop is for the public and there is NO COST to attend. Attendees will learn about generous federal, state, and local rebates and incentives.


Complete details are on our EVENTS PAGE.

California’s Offshore Wind Lease Auction is Underway

EUREKA, CA. December 6, 2022

At 7am this morning the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) initiated the auction of five California offshore wind energy area leases, two in the Humboldt Wind Energy Area and three in the Morro Bay Wind Energy Area.

Seven bidders are participating in the auction, with live results posted by BOEM at: https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/california

For a detailed accounting of the auction’s progress, try this: https://renews.biz/82293/boem-to-auction-california-offshore-wind-sites-today/

Federal offshore wind auctions can last multiple days, and BOEM will announce the names of the winning developers shortly after the auction closes.

Since 2016, Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) has been actively planning and coordinating with private developers and stakeholders including local, state, and federal government leaders, local Tribes and commercial fishermen to prepare for responsible offshore wind development that provides community benefits and minimizes impacts, in addition to making a meaningful contribution to local and state renewable energy objectives. RCEA’s RePower Humboldt strategic plan establishes the goal of generating 100% of the county’s electricity needs from local renewable sources by 2030, and offshore wind could play a central role in achieving that goal.

“After many years of planning, this is an exciting milestone in the process,” said Matthew Marshall, RCEA’s Executive Director. “RCEA’s primary interest is to see good projects move forward, and we are committed to working with the developers that secure leases to ensure  transparent and meaningful community engagement that puts our local interests and concerns front and center in the development process. The community benefits agreements and lease stipulations that BOEM will require of developers are a good starting point.”

The two Humboldt lease areas together encompass over 205 square miles and are 20-30 miles off the coast of Humboldt Bay. Combined with Morro Bay, the five California Wind Energy Area leases amount to approximately 528 square miles, which could potentially generate over 4.6 GW of offshore wind energy; enough to power more than 1.5 million homes. Due to our region’s grid transmission constraints, RCEA anticipates that the first phase of Humboldt development will be limited to around 150 MW and will primarily be for local consumption. New and upgraded transmission infrastructure is required to scale up to the full capacity that the Humboldt Wind Energy Area can accommodate and to export power to the state’s grid.

NOTE: While RCEA was listed on the list of eligible auction bidders, RCEA is not participating in the auction in any way.  RCEA’s inclusion on the list is a legacy of submitting an “unsolicited lease request” to BOEM in 2018, which required RCEA to qualify as an eligible entity.  BOEM subsequently absorbed RCEA’s proposed lease area into what is now the Humboldt Wind Energy Area.


RCEA Contractor and Vendor Network

One of the challenges that RCEA and our customers have had to deal with is that as a government agency, RCEA is not allowed to make recommendations for individual contractors or vendors. Our customers want to make improvements to their homes and businesses to make them more energy-efficient, but they don’t always know where to start.

In order to better serve our customers, RCEA invited contractors and vendors to submit an application to be included in our Contractor and Vendor Network. This new resource is for our customers who are looking for licensed contractors for their installation needs, and qualified vendors for their equipment needs related to RCEA program services or referrals made by RCEA.

Please visit our new webpage and be sure to visit again soon since we are going to be adding to it on an ongoing basis.

Contractor and Vendor Network

Contractors and Vendors – please join our network! You can get more information and learn more about how to apply by going to the Ongoing Opportunities section of our Contracting page.

RCEA 2021-22 Community REport

RCEA is excited to present our 2021-22 Community REport. We implement a variety of energy-related programs and projects on behalf of Humboldt County ratepayers. Public input shapes what we do, so we hope you’ll appreciate all that we’ve accomplished together. As our executive director Matthew Marshall says, “we couldn’t do this work without your ongoing support and commitment to our community’s renewable and resilient energy future.”

View full screen and then zoom in on sections of the document below as needed.

You can also:

  • View our PDF, which includes links for more information.

  • Click on the image to the left (or above) to enlarge and then scroll through all the images
  • Pick up a paper copy from the North Coast Journal’s racks January 20-26

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Net Energy Metering Proposed Changes

Proposed Changes to Net Energy Metering

RCEA recently provided a presentation to our Community Advisory Committee about the California Public Utilities Commission’s Net Energy Metering Successor Tariff and the Proposed Decision. You can view the slides here.

The RCEA Board of Directors will be discussing this at our January 27 Board meeting, and we encourage the public to attend to learn more, express their views, and hear our Board’s comments. 


On February 3rd, the judge presiding over the Net Energy Metering proceeding issued the following statement:

“On January 11, 2022, the Commission reassigned Rulemaking 20-08-020 to President Alice Reynolds.  The assigned Commissioner has requested additional time to analyze the record and consider revisions to the proposed decision based on party comments. Furthermore, the assigned Commissioner wants to ensure all five Commissioners participate in oral arguments.  Accordingly, the oral argument hearing will be rescheduled at a later date.   After additional analysis is conducted, I will issue a subsequent ruling providing information on the proceeding schedule and details regarding the oral argument hearing.”

In August 2020, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) initiated a proceeding to develop a successor NEM tariff (a.k.a. “NEM 3.0”) pursuant to the requirements of Assembly Bill 327 passed in 2013.

On December 13th 2021, the CPUC issued a Proposed Decision explaining what the new tariff provisions would be. The Commission is expected to vote on this Proposed Decision on January 27th. If this Proposed Decision passes as written, the current NEM 2.0 tariff will sunset in late May 2022 (an estimated date of May 27th).

While the sunset could change if the Proposed Decision is revised prior to the CPUC’s vote, the current guidance for customers interested in installing rooftop solar is to submit their interconnection applications as soon as possible if they wish to enroll in the current tariff. If the interconnection application is submitted prior to the sunset date, the customer can stay on the NEM 2.0 tariff for 15 years from their interconnection date.

For more information on the successor tariff, please read the customer explanation that the CPUC developed here.

To subscribe for updates and to submit comments on the successor tariff to the CPUC, please click here.

In February 2021, the Legislature introduced Assembly Bill 1139, which sought to expedite the current CPUC proceeding. Furthermore, if the accelerated timeline for the CPUC to establish a new NEM tariff was not met, the bill required specific provisions for the replacement tariff including additional interconnection fees, monthly fixed charges, NEM credits based on wholesale instead of retail rates, and a series of other provisions not favored by supporters of the current NEM 2.0 framework.

RCEA’s Board voted to oppose the legislation at its May 2021 Board meeting, deciding that the bill would harm current NEM customers and disincentivize new enrollment in the NEM program.

As of June 2021, this bill was not voted out of committee and is no longer active.

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