RCEA’s RePower Hour is a series of lectures and presentations that answer Humboldt County’s critical energy questions.
You can also find us at local community events, including fairs, festivals, workshops, and presentations.
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Energy Resilience Webinars
Solar and Net Energy Metering Webinar
The Redwood Coast Energy Authority invites the community to our annual webinar about home and business solar electricity systems and Net Energy Metering. Two sessions will be offered on Wednesday, July 21, the first at 10-11 a.m. with a repeat at 5:30 p.m.
Both webinars will include time in the end for questions and will be recorded and made available afterward.
RCEA is dedicated to supporting customers who wish to generate their own renewable energy and boost their energy independence. Billing and generation credits will be explained by RCEA Account Services Manager, Mahayla Slackerelli. Current customers should have their bills handy.
Links to the NEM webinar materials:
Battery Storage Basics Webinar
Please join us one week after our Net Energy Metering webinar to learn about energy storage options for your home or business. Our 90-minute Battery Storage Webinar will be on Wednesday, July 28, 10:00-11:30 a.m. with a repeat at 5:30 p.m.
RCEA’s Project Manager Mike Avcollie will lead the presentation along with Kyle Hass, Senior Program Manager at Swell Energy. Swell is working with RCEA to develop a local “Community Grid” program where customers receive a payment in exchange for scheduling a portion of their battery to be shared with the grid (but not during power outages).
Learn about battery basics, how solar systems can be paired with batteries, and how to begin investing in a battery storage system. Economic, environmental, and resilience benefits will be covered.
Both webinars will include time in the end for questions and will be recorded and made available afterward.
If you have questions about batteries or the RCEA Community Grid Program, you can email Mike and Kyle directly:
Links to Battery Basics materials:
Heat Pump Best Practices Technical Webinar
Thursday • May 20 • 9:00am-1:00pm
Presented by Dan Perunko from Balance Point Home Performance
- Focused for contractors, inspectors, architects, and engineers
- Valuable information for residential, commercial and multi-family applications
- Outline of proper installation of refrigerants and correct sizing of units
- Common challenges encountered by contractors and suggested solutions
In 2006, Dan co-founded (with Gavin Healy) Balance Point Home Performance, a successful full-service home performance analysis, retrofit, consulting, and training company. Dan works on new and existing construction design and hands-on installation of enclosure, mechanical, plumbing, and indoor air quality components, based on proven performance outcomes. Dan enjoys improving existing homes, providing homeowners with levels of comfort and energy consumption that they had not thought was possible. He is a professional trainer who designs and delivers full and multi-day courses for California’s Utility Companies (energy training centers), and HPC national and regional conferences. Dan works to bring all his experiences from construction, design & building analysis together to make class materials relevant, useful, and understandable regardless of the student’s level of experience.
NO COST TO ATTEND
For more details email Marianne Bithell at mbithell@RedwoodEnergy.org
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.
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.
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/Electric Vehicle 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
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.
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.
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.