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

During the pandemic, we have been holding our REpower Hours online. In the months ahead, we hope to also see you face-to-face at community events.

Hydroelectric Power Webinar

The North Coast’s Untapped Potential

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

  • 10:00-11:00 AM and

  • 5:30-6:30 PM

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority invites the public to a free online presentation by RCEA consultant Michael Furniss about the potential of small-scale, run-of-the-river hydroelectric power for the North Coast.

Two sessions will be offered on Tuesday, December 7, the first at 10-11 a.m. with a repeat at 5:30 p.m. Both one-hour webinars will include time afterward for attendees to ask questions.

Register for the morning zoom webinar here

Register for the evening zoom webinar here

RCEA is launching a regional effort to facilitate the development of small hydroelectric projects “done right”, and we are ready to discuss any questions you may have, such as:

  • Why is hydropower needed when solar is now so widely available and inexpensive?
  • How will fish be protected if you are diverting water from streams to make electricity?
  • Won’t development of watersheds cause impacts to water and ecosystem?
  • What are the Best Practices for hydropower development?
  • For systems that cannot be feasibly connected to the grid, how will this project help?
  • How will landowners and investors be incentivized to develop small hydropower?
  • Why hasn’t more hydropower been developed so far?
  • What does RCEA expect to get from this effort?
  • How does small hydro fit into RCEA’s power portfolio?

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RCEA's Certify & Amplify Virtual Workshop

Connect Your Business to California’s Contracting Clearinghouse

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 10:00-11:30 AM

Small diverse businesses who certify have special access to multimillion $ contract opportunities with utilities, large and small, across the state.

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is hosting a free webinar to introduce local businesses to the benefits and opportunities available through the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC)  Supplier Diversity program.

If you are a small diverse business owner, we want to help you certify in the CPUC Supplier Diversity program and amplify your business opportunities throughout the state. In this webinar, you will learn about the benefits and opportunities available through this certification and how to access California’s multimillion-dollar utility contracting clearinghouse.

Commonly referred to as “Supplier Diversity,” General Order (GO) 156 is a statewide program that encourages utilities to prioritize contracts and subcontracts from businesses that meet diversity qualifications. To qualify, businesses must be 51% woman-owned; minority-owned; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT)-owned; or disabled veteran-owned enterprises.

After being certified as a diverse supplier, qualified businesses are listed in the CPUC’s Clearinghouse, which utilities can then access for their contracting needs and to meet their contracting quotas.

The COVID-19 pandemic has squeezed our local businesses into even more competitive environments and tighter margins, making Supplier Diversity certification another way to get local businesses noticed and ensure that they stand out among the competition.

RCEA wants to make sure that businesses in our communities are aware of this program, know how to qualify for the Clearinghouse, and get their questions answered by our guest speakers from the CPUC, Pacific Gas & Electric, and a local business like themselves.

When diverse community businesses thrive, we all thrive.

The recording of the webinar is HERE.

La traducción al español de la videoconferencia se encuentra aquí.

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Energy Resilience Webinars - Solar, Net Energy Metering and Battery Storage Basics

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Summer 2021 Solar and Net Energy Metering Webinar

RCEA is dedicated to supporting customers who wish to generate their own renewable energy and boost their energy independence. Billing and generation credits were explained by RCEA Account Services Manager, Mahayla Slackerelli. Both webinars included time in the end for questions.

Links to the NEM webinar materials:

Battery Storage Basics Webinar

One week after our Net Energy Metering webinar – energy storage options for your home or business.

RCEA’s Project Manager Mike Avcollie presented 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.

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 included time for questions.

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

May 2021

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

For more details email Marianne Bithell at

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Q&A for RCEA's Electic Vehicle Rebate

February 2021

Redwood Coast Energy Authority hosted a “Live Q&A” Facebook event to answer questions about RCEA’s Electric Vehicle rebate program. The Q&A is still 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 hosted two evening panel discussions.

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October 2020

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?

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

RECORDING of the 1st 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”

RECORDING of the 2nd 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, moderated the discussions.

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

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This was a five-part webinar series by the Schatz Energy Research Center. Details and captioned recordings can be found at

Topics included 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. There was a moderated panel discussion and a community conversation after each presentation.

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.

Electric vehicle webinar flyer for August 26 2020

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

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RCEA Transportation Specialist Lee Valenzuela spoke about the different types of electric vehicles, financial incentives and assistance, consumer benefits, environmental benefits, fuel and maintenance savings, and charging options.

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

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

Martch 2020

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.

Valentines Day Energy Efficiency Kit invitation

Valentine's Day Energy Efficiency Open House

February 2020

Stop by RCEA’s office on Valentine’s Day 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 workshop invitation

Battery Storage Basics Round 2

February 2020

Due to popular demand, we are repeating our “Battery Storage Basics” presentation 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 workshop flyer

Battery Storage Basics - Building resilience in Humboldt County

February 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 upstairs in room 203 at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Dr., Eureka.


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