Q&A for RCEA's Electic Vehicle Rebate
Redwood Coast Energy Authority is hosting a “Live Q&A” Facebook event to answer questions about RCEA’s Electric Vehicle rebate program.
Humboldt County residents can type in their questions and get answers from RCEA’s Transportation Specialists in real time. The Q&A will take place on Wednesday, February 10th, from 3 to 4 p.m. on RCEA’s Facebook page.
Rebate funds are still available for your new EV; 50% of whatever your vehicle qualifies for from the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. The rebate program, which is the first of its kind in Humboldt County, will run until funds run out.
The rebate is funded by RCEA’s Community Choice Energy program and aims to decrease the cost of a new EV and make them more accessible to RCEA customers.
Invitation to the discussions
Martin Dodd on guitar
Energy Month Panel Discussions
Hosted by the Redwood Coast Energy Authority
In recognition of energy month and in response to public concerns about recent local and state energy issues, RCEA will be hosting two evening panel discussions.
The transition to increased use of renewable energy has progressed greatly in recent years, but at the same time we are seeing rapid changes to our climate and new challenges to our energy distribution systems. How are these phenomena connected? What are the causes of the rolling blackouts and PSPS events, and what does the future of energy look like? What is the role of RCEA and community choice energy programs in all of this? How will RCEA’s renewable energy projects and strategic planning help Humboldt County become more resilient and stable as the state of California phases out its aging gas infrastructure and nuclear power plants?
“Renewable and Doable: California Rises to the Clean Energy Challenge”
October 20, 5:30-7:00 pm
Guest panelists will include some of our state’s top authorities:
- Karen Douglas, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
- Beth Vaughan, Executive Director of the California Community Choice Association
- Matthew Marshall, Executive Director at RCEA
“Energy Reliability, Resilience, and Innovation in Humboldt County”
October 27, 5:30-7:00 pm
This segment will discuss Humboldt County projects, programs, and leadership with:
- Jana Ganion, Sustainability and Government Affairs Director at the Blue Lake Rancheria
- Jon Fortune, Senior Director at Swell Energy
- Jim Zoellick, Principal Engineer, Schatz Energy Research Center
- Richard Engel, Director of Power Resources at RCEA
Mahayla Slackerelli, Account Services Manager, and Jocelyn Gwynn, Power Resources Manager, will moderate the discussions.
Brief panelist presentations will allow for ample time for discussion and we encourage questions from the public during each 90-minute event.
Email email@example.com or call (707) 382-7110 if you have questions.
Exploring the Feasibility of Offshore Wind Energy for the California North Coast
This five-part webinar series by the Schatz Energy Research Center will be held on Monday afternoons at from September 14 through October 12. Webinars will open at 2:00 pm (Pacific), and range in duration from 2-3 hours. Schatz will post a complete agenda for each webinar in advance at schatzcenter.org/wind. All events are free and open to the public. Webinar recordings will be captioned and published on their website following each event.
In each webinar, Schatz will share findings from recently completed studies conducted by their team and partners. Topics will include energy generation and transmission, local economic and job development, port and coastal infrastructure, ecological and geological environmental considerations, and community perspectives on regional impacts and opportunities. After each presentation, there will be a moderated panel discussion followed by a community conversation.
Schedule of topics
- Monday, September 14, 2020: Energy Production and Delivery, and Economic Development
- Monday, September 21, 2020: Ecological and Geological Environment
- Monday, September 28, 2020: Port and Coastal Infrastructure
- Monday, October 5, 2020: Community Perspectives on Regional Impacts and Opportunities
- Monday, October 12, 2020: Reflections and Next Steps
If you’re interested in receiving updates on Schatz’s offshore wind research, including newly released reports and upcoming events, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid — Advancing a resilient and clean energy future
A recording and slide show of the presentation can be found on the Clean Coalition Website.
Redwood Coast Energy Authority is partnering with the Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) at Humboldt State University, PG&E, and the County of Humboldt to build the Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid, a 7-acre, 2.25 MW solar array and battery energy storage system at the California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport (ACV).
On Sept 27, The Clean Coalition invited Carmen Henrikson, Matthew Marshall, and Jim Zoellick to discuss the Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid, which will be the first front-of-meter (FOM), multi-customer microgrid in Northern California.
In this one-hour webinar, the project team covered:
- Brief overview of project, including motivation and benefits for RCEA
- Overview of agreements, processes, procedures, roles, and responsibilities
- Business case evaluation of multi-customer microgrids for critical facilities and the value-of-resilience
- The value of partnership
- Opportunities for replication
Electric Vehicles 101 Webinar
An online presentation on the benefits of buying an EV and what incentives are available
A recording and slide show can be found on our Advanced Transportation EV ownership page
Wednesday, August 26, two sessions: 10-11 a.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
RCEA Transportation Specialist Lee Valenzuela will talk about the different types of electric vehicles, financial incentives and assistance, consumer benefits, environmental benefits, fuel and maintenance savings, and charging options.
RCEA plans to roll out a local EV rebate this fall that will be an add-on to the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. Details will be provided during the webinar.
Both one-hour webinars will include time afterward for attendees to ask questions.
RCEA’s Transportation Program supports the use of low-carbon fuel vehicles in Humboldt County by planning, managing, and implementing zero-emission vehicle infrastructure. RCEA also provides information, education, and incentives to encourage local residents, businesses, and public agencies to adopt low-carbon fuel vehicles.
Net Energy Metering Webinar
An audio recording and slide show can be found on our Net Energy Metering page
Tuesday, June 23, two sessions: 10-11 a.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Redwood Coast Energy Authority invites the community to a webinar about home and business solar electricity systems and Net Energy Metering. RCEA is dedicated to supporting customers who wish to generate their own renewable energy and boost their energy independence.
In this webinar, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority staff Mahayla Slackerelli, Account Services Manager, and Mike Avcollie, Project Manager, focus on the first steps to installing solar, and RCEA’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) Program. Billing and generation credits will be explained. Current customers should have their bills handy.
POSTPONED - Electric Bike Public Workshop
In light of recent developments surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), Redwood Coast Energy Authority has decided to postpone the E-Bike Workshop. RCEA believes it to be in the best interest of the community to take proactive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Public safety is our top priority. We want to ensure the safety and well-being of our event staff, participants, and community members. RCEA will also be suspending all other RePower Hour events until further notice. Updates will be provided regarding the event when more information becomes available. Thank you for your understanding.
Valentine's Day Energy Efficiency Open House
Friday, February 14, 2020, 11 am – 2:00 pm
Stop by RCEA’s office on Valentine’s Day between 11 am and 2 pm for a FREE Energy Efficiency Kit for your home. Energy Advisors would *LOVE* to discuss which items would be most useful in your home. The Kits, which are valued up to $75, may include LED light bulbs, smart power strips, showerheads, weather stripping, and more.
Are you interested in reducing your energy bill? Looking for advice on appliance upgrades? Planning major investments in your home’s comfort and efficiency? Want to learn about electric rate schedule options including 100% renewable energy? Do you have questions about electric vehicle ownership or charging? Our professional Energy Advisors are here for you. Be sure to ask about income-qualified services, financing options, rebates, and tax incentives. You will need to complete the application and make an appointment for that since it takes an hour to complete.
If you can’t make it on Valentine’s Day, no worries. Just call us to set up another time. (707) 269-1700. 633 3rd St., Eureka. info@RedwoodEnergy.org.
Pleases see our residential application for terms and conditions. Fill out the application in advance to save time.
Battery Storage Basics Round 2
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Due to popular demand, we are repeating our “Battery Storage Basics” presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., at the Wharfinger Building, 1 Marina Way, Eureka. (new location). There will be additional time and space for Q&A and visiting the vendors.
Please RSVP to reserve your seat – email@example.com. or 707-269-1700.
Since the recent Public Safety Power Shutoffs, Humboldt County residents have been asking how they can make their homes and businesses more energy resilient, how they can utilize the electricity from their solar panels when the grid is down, how vehicle to home storage solutions work, and where to start when investing in a battery storage system. The Redwood Coast Energy Authority will again address these questions at a second public workshop on battery storage systems.
Battery Storage Basics - Building resilience in Humboldt County
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Since the recent Public Safety Power Shutoffs, Humboldt County residents have been asking how they can make their homes and businesses more energy resilient, how they can utilize the electricity from their solar panels when the grid is down, how vehicle to home storage solutions work, and where to start when investing in a battery storage system.
The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) will address these questions at a public workshop on battery storage systems on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., upstairs in room 203 at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Dr., Eureka.
Light Up Eureka!
Informational Town Hall about creating a brighter Eureka.
Representatives from the City of Eureka, the Eureka Police Department and Redwood Coast Energy Authority will be on hand to discuss:
• A lighting overview – Understanding how the City approaches
• Addressing burned out/damaged lights
• Learn about a program to add street lights to your
• Get tips on Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
• Learn about energy efficient opportunities to address lighting
at your home or business
Jan. 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers
The inaugural Electric Vehicle Parade & Expo on November 30
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2443452239109294/
EcoNews Report radio interview with Stephen Kullman and Nancy Stephenson, Nov. 23
For information about our RePower Humboldt / Comprehensive Action Plan for Energy strategic plan update process please visit our planning webpage.
“Wind Power in Humboldt County — a panel discussion on the proposed Terra-Gen Wind Generation Project,” will be the next Sustainable Futures Speaker Series, on Wednesday, November 6 at 5:30 pm in Founders Hall room 118 on the HSU campus.
Terra-Gen’s proposed wind farm would be the largest renewable energy project ever built in Humboldt County, and it would contribute significantly to achieving 100% clean and renewable electricity by 2025. At the same time, some community members have raised environmental, social, and cultural resource concerns about the project. This panel discussion provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the opportunities and concerns associated with the project in an interactive format.
The proposed wind farm at the Monument and Bear River ridges could generate about 400 GWh annually, which is equivalent to nearly half of Humboldt County’s electricity use. Anticipated project features include a significant contribution to north coast renewable energy generation and to California’s clean energy mandate; creation of local green jobs and technical expertise; and Humboldt Bay development. Concerns raised include impacts on bat and bird deaths; tree removal; effects on sites with cultural and ecological significance to Native American Tribes; erosion and sedimentation from sub-river drilling and road expansion; visual impacts; light and noise pollution; and traffic congestion. This session provides an opportunity to discuss possibilities for wind energy development in Humboldt County, through a panel representing a diverse set of perspectives.
- Lori Biondini from Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA)
- Adam Canter, Botanist, Wiyot Tribe
- Nathan Vajdos, Senior Director for Wind Development, Terra-Gen, LLC
- Tom Wheeler, Executive Director, Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)
- Donna Wright, President/CEO of the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce
Schatz Center Director Arne Jacobson will moderate the evening’s talk.
Home/Business Solar and Net Energy Metering Workshop
- WHAT: A workshop on Net Energy Metering and first steps to installing your solar electricity system
- WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- WHERE: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Drive, Room 203, Eureka
- WHO: The Redwood Coast Energy Authority, solar installers, and you
The Redwood Coast Energy Authority invites the community to a workshop on home or business solar electricity systems and Net Energy Metering on June 26, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Room 203, 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka.
RCEA is dedicated to supporting customers who want to generate their own renewable energy. The evening will focus on the first steps to installing solar, and net energy metering and billing. Solar system owners will join break-out groups to share first-hand solar energy experiences. Attendees will have time to ask questions and provide feedback to RCEA.
Current solar system owners are invited to bring their bills and learn how to read them with RCEA account managers. Local solar installers and solar system owners will also be available to answer questions. Pick up information about energy efficiency and electrifying your home and business to help you decide on your array size while enjoying refreshments and views of Humboldt Bay.
Career and Volunteer Expo
Humboldt State University
RCEA will be at the Career and Volunteer Expo on Thursday, February 14, talking to students about what we do and how folks on campus can get involved in local energy issues.
Crafting with RCEA at the Jefferson Project
On Saturday, December 8th, RCEA headed to the Jefferson School to make Holiday Cards with LED lights!
We crafted with about 30 creative kids, and their equally creative parents.
Panel discussion on ZEV vehicles
Our Transportation department was featured during the Sustainable Future Series to talk about the future of ZEV vehicles
International Red Panda Day at the Sequoia Park Zoo
RCEA recently sponsored a free day at Sequoia Park Zoo for International Red panda Day. We had our wheel with energy related questions, fun crafts, and lots of opportunities to see “Energy in Action” in honor of Energy Action Month!
North Country Fair
Redwood Coast Energy Authority was out spreading good energy at the North Country Fair.
Leading Lights Awards Ceremony and Artist Reception
Arts Alive, Saturday, August 4, 6:00-9:00 pm
“Save Energy Today, Save Energy Tomorrow,”
The Redwood Coast Energy Authority hosted a Leading Lights awards ceremony and artist reception during Eureka’s Arts Alive event on Saturday, August 4, from 6:00–9:00pm. The show, titled, “Save Energy Today, Save Energy Tomorrow,” features 2 and 3D art and a promotional /educational video created by a collaboration between the Academy of the Redwoods, Humboldt Community Access and Resource Center’s The Studio, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority, The Krause Family Foundation, and PG&E.
Three $250 awards, from RCEA, PG&E and the Krause Family Foundation, will be given to three artists: Eric Lee, Kat Olsen, and Amy House. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and live music by a trio of Compost Mountain Boys.
The Leading Lights (LL) project is a pilot effort that took place at two different sites. Students from the early college high school Academy of the Redwoods (AR) and their teacher Gini Wozny created a 60-second public service announcement. Artists from The Studio, a rural artists’ collective and learning environment for adults with developmental disabilities in Eureka, created and submitted 24 pieces of 2 and 3-D art. The project was guided by The Studio lead teacher KT Garcia.
After doing some initial research, the AR students decided to focus not just on actions residents can take to conserve energy at home, at work, and in their communities, but also on changing the ways in which we generate energy, renewable energy, and sustainability. In a survey afterwards, one student said that, “We think it is more important to change how the energy is produced.
“Solar Energy Windmills,” Kat Olsen. Acrylic on canvas board
Whereas reducing ‘bad’ energy doesn’t solve this problem, this does. Don’t stop the power, change the power.”
Artists from The Studio noted that they learned that it’s better to “turn the lights off and have more conversations instead of looking at the TV.”
Individuals who participated in the Leading Lights Project learned about energy issues as part of RCEA’s campaign to address energy efficiency.
The Krause Family Foundation, ReadWriteAll, is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3, community organization in Arcata that supports efforts to improve educational and economic opportunities for children, youth, and families, while sustaining families’ culture and language. Focused on creativity, imagination, reading, and writing for students, families, and communities, they provide program direction and evaluation for educational projects.
Redwood Coast Energy Authority, 633 3rd Street, Eureka, corner of 3rd & H Street.
Solar PV: Technology and Valuation Class
Tuesday, July 31, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Redwood Coast Energy Authority, 633 3rd Street, Eureka
Real estate appraisers and agents (and solar installers) will gain an understanding of residential solar PV technology, including cell, panel and array components, the electric power grid and CA rate structures. They will be equipped with knowledge of what to look for during inspections. In-depth coverage of valuation considerations in understanding and reporting market activity and basic appraisal approaches to value. Includes links to 2 free online tools to help with documentation and calculating present value. Several class exercises provide the opportunity to apply concepts and tools along with a look to the future in new innovations for both home and public utility power technology.
3 Cont Ed units approved for both appraisers and agents.
Here’s a post written by CA E Commissioner A McAllister about CA’s new energy code that will require solar on all new homes http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sd-utbg-solar-mandate-support-20180615-story.html
Oyster Festival on the Arcata Plaza – Saturday, June 16, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
We’re excited to once again be sponsoring the Oyster Festival in Arcata on Saturday, June 16. This year, in addition to providing waste-reducing reusable steel cups, we will be providing cell phone charging using 100% renewable energy at no cost to the public. Find us on Green Street, corner of H and 8th.
We’ll also have information about our customer programs, including solar net energy generation.
We have good energy!
Net Energy Metering Workshop – Wednesday, June 13, 5:30-7:00 pm
At the Wharfinger, 1 Marina Way, Eureka
Learn how RCEA’s solar energy program works and how to read our NEM bills
Earth Day Event at Eureka Natural Foods – Saturday, April 21, 11:00am-3:00pm
1450 Broadway St, Eureka
RCEA will be at Eureka Natural Food’s Earth Day Event on April 21. We’ll have 2 tables indoors and an electric vehicle expo outdoors. Come see electric vehicles up close, learn about clean transportation and then head inside to learn more about local energy programs. Opt up to 100% Renewable Energy for your home or business and be entered to win an energy-saving power strip and timer. Enjoy local food and a beer garden hosted by Eureka Natural Foods.
Monday, April 16, 3:15-5:00 pm, RCEA Board of Directors April Meeting –
828 7th St., Eureka, CA 95501. See our Board of Directors page for the agenda.
Thursday, April 12
Every home has room for improvement when it comes to saving energy and money. Learn how to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient while taking advantage of available rebates, financing, and tax credits. Homeowners from throughout Humboldt County are invited to attend this FREE homeowner workshop. Join us for refreshments and a short presentation, followed by a question and answer session with our Home Upgrade Participating Rater.
Tuesday, April 10
Community Advisory Committee Meeting
Happy Hour Energy Mixer
Hear the latest news from the Redwood Coast Energy Authority and learn about local energy projects at our upcoming Happy Hour Energy Mixers, March 5 & 6.
We are exploring the potential of an offshore wind energy project off the Humboldt County Coast and celebrating the beginning of a solar micro-grid at the airport.
Drop by for a beverage and nibbles to learn how local jobs, projects and programs are being created to strengthen our local economy and build a sustainable future. RCEA is already investing revenues from the Community Choice Energy Program into our community! Public input is encouraged for all these efforts.
Information about our Clean Transportation, Energy Efficiency, and Community Choice Energy Programs will also be available.
- Monday, March 5, 4-7 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Social Club in Samoa. 900 New Navy Base Rd. Join us at the cozy Lobby Bar for a beverage, snacks and a casual presentation.
- Tuesday, March 6, 4-7 p.m. at the Plaza View Room. Upstairs at Jacoby’s Store House overlooking the Arcata Plaza. Enjoy the view, a beverage, snacks and a casual presentation.
Wednesday, February 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Explore RCEA’s Community Advisory Committee :|: Humboldt Bay Tourism Center / Provisions 205 G St, corner of 2nd & G St. in Old Town Eureka.
Would you like to play an active role in shaping how local energy procurement projects benefit our community? Redwood Coast Energy Authority is looking for Humboldt County residents to serve on our Community Advisory Committee, providing decision-making support to the board of directors. Drop by to learn more about this opportunity and about RCEA’s current projects and programs. Prospective members don’t need to be energy nerds, we are looking for a diverse representation of our community. Get more information and download the application here: redwoodenergy.org/about/community-advisory-committee/. First review of applications is on February 20, but final deadline has been extended.
Tuesday, October 24, 4-7pm
Exterior LED Lighting Expo
Tuesday, August 15, 9am
Bid and Breakfast
Craft With RCEA at the Jefferson Project!
On Saturday, December 8th RCEA joined the Jefferson School to make Holiday Cards with LED lights! We had full tables of crafting kids (and their creative parents!) and had a wonderful time.