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The RePower Hour is RCEA’s monthly series of lectures and presentations that answer Humboldt County’s critical energy questions. For more information, please email outreach@redwoodenergy or call (707) 382-7110.
In light of concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the safety of our community, RCEA will be holding our RePower Hours online until further notice.
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
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 Sophia 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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
This was our pre-pandemic workshop series plan. As we shift to online webinars we are also having to makes changes to our schedule. We will get to most of these at some point.
March – Electric Bikes
April – RePower Humboldt – What’s the Plan?
May – Go Solar with Net Energy Metering
June – Microgrids: Redwood Airport and Resiliency
July – Local Grids and Renewable Projects
Aug – Electric Vehicle Buying 101
Sep – Time-of-Use transition and Energy Efficiency
Oct – Heat Pumps and Energy Efficiency Customer Programs
Nov – Electrify Your Home: How to get off Fossil Fuels
Other possible topics:
- 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
- PG&E – PSPS, Bankruptcy and the rise of Community Choice Energy Programs
- California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard -Regulations requiring increased production of energy from renewable energy sources.