Power procurement lies at the heart of why Community Choice Energy is a great idea. California’s Community Choice Energy business model allows local government entities such as RCEA to become the default procurer of electric power for our residents and businesses. Rather than being subject to decisions made by regulators in Sacramento and executives at PG&E headquarters in San Francisco, local governments including Humboldt’s can now bring those decisions home. Our Board of Directors, made up of locally elected officials, decides what kind of power we buy, and under what terms we buy it. Community members have input on these decisions by attending our open monthly Board meetings or contacting their Board members.
RCEA is pursuing the following procurement goals:
- 100% clean and renewable electricity by 2025 (Board goal adopted in 2019)
- 100% local renewable electricity by 2030 (Board goal adopted in 2016)
- 65% of renewable procurement under long term contracts of 10+ years by the 2021-2024 compliance period (State’s SB 350 requirement)
In working toward these goals, RCEA is partnering with the Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) at Humboldt State University, PG&E, and the County of Humboldt to build a 7-acre, 2.25 MW solar array and battery energy storage system at the California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport (ACV).
Explore the links on this page to learn more about our power mix, specific sources of RCEA’s power, and innovative ways we’re working to achieve RCEA’s goal of 100% clean and renewable energy from local sources.
Also check out our strategic planning update page for the latest in power procurement community engagement.