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Previous Events

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Please join us at local community events, including fairs, festivals, workshops, and presentations.

RCEA’s RePower Hour is a series of lectures and presentations that answer Humboldt County’s critical energy questions.

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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

To register for the webinar

Dan Perunko
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.

For more details email Marianne Bithell at

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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.

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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?

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Session one:

“Renewable and Doable: California Rises to the Clean Energy Challenge”

October 20, 5:30-7:00 pm

RECORDING of October 20 Webinar

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

Session two:

Energy Reliability, Resilience, and Innovation in Humboldt County”

October 27, 5:30-7:00 pm

RECORDING of October 27 Webinar

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 or call (707) 382-7110 if you have questions.

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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 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

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

Updated 3/12/2020.

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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.

Pleases see our residential application for terms and conditions. Fill out the application in advance to save time. 


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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 – 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.

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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.

Potential future event topics

  • Electric Bikes
  • RePower Humboldt – What’s the Plan?
  • Go Solar with Net Energy Metering
  • Microgrids: Redwood Airport and Resiliency
  • Time-of-Use transition and Energy Efficiency
  • Heat Pumps and Energy Efficiency Customer Programs
  • Electrify Your Home: How to get off Fossil Fuels
  • EV Charging Stations – Buying one for your home, business and utilizing a regional network
  • Environmental Justice – How can we ensure the fair treatment of all members of our community when making local energy-related decisions?
  • Vehicle-to-Home Charging – Resiliency and additional options
  • Title 24 – California’s energy code designed to reduce wasteful and unnecessary energy consumption
  • Businesses – Energy Efficiency, Equipment Upgrades, Lighting and Electrification
  • California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard -Regulations requiring increased production of energy from renewable energy sources.

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