Here you can find a record of past events that The Redwood Coast Energy Authority has participated in or hosted.
“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.
Breakfast in Bayside and the Alternative Transportation Show
Sunday, April 28th, 8:00 A.M. to Noon, Bayside Community Hall will present Breakfast in Bayside with a change from its traditional spring electric vehicle show.
With the participation of Redwood Coast Energy Authority and several community groups, this will be an Alternative Transportation variety show of several alternatives to gas guzzlers on display for the public to learn and enjoy: different types of bikes, electric vehicles, e-bikes, electric farm equipment, and more.
Some of the participants include:
- Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities
- Trevor Keiber with his local, custom solar charging electric bikes
- RCEA ZEV Enthusiasts, and other EV/bike owners like Chip Sharp with his Tesla, Mark Mueller, Peter the Sparrow designer, Jerome Carman, Phillip Middlemiss, Colin Fiske among others.
- ELF Bikes
- Redwood Coast Energy Authority
- Bike Month Humboldt info
- and more!
If you would like to participate, please contact Nancy at RCEA: (707) 269-1700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Evidence of the community’s generous response to the Community Hall Fund Drive will be in new stoves and progress on the kitchen upgrade project. Thanks to individual donations, business sponsors, the work of Arcata Sunrise Rotary Club and its members’ businesses, Breakfast diners will enjoy a newly painted main hall and a beautifully renovated entryway showcasing a Wallace and Hinz bar.
SqueezeBug, the popular accordion/guitar duo of Lorna and Steve Brown will perform their eclectic mix of gypsy jazz, bistro music, French waltzes, Cumbias and Brazillian Choros, and Quebecois reels. Lorna & Steve Brown have brought to Redwood Coast music circles beautiful tunes from around the world. They are a real Breakfast treat.
The gourmet breakfast features new buttermilk pancakes made from scratch, chicken apple sausage, scrambled eggs, scrambled tofu and tofu sausage from Tofu Shop, yogurt, fruit of the season, Humboldt Bay Roasters organic coffee, teas, orange juice, hot chocolate, and Mad River Farm jams and local sauces. Classic mimosas will also be available.
$8 for adults, $5 for children and over 80 years old. Children under 2 are free.
Bayside Community Hall is located at 2297 Jacoby Creek Road and hosts this large community mixer four times a year. To learn more about Breakfast in Bayside and all the other events and activities at the Hall, see www.baysidecommunityhall.org .
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.