Community Events and the RePower Hour Series

Please join us at these community events, including fairs, festivals, expositions, workshops, presentations, and fundraisers.

The RePower Hour is a monthly series of lectures and presentations started in February of 2020 designed to answer Humboldt County’s critical energy questions. For more information on speaker series topics, please contact the Redwood Coast Energy Authority Community Strategies Manager, Nancy Stephenson, at 707-269-1700 ext. 352 or nstephenson@redwoodenergy.org.

In light of concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the safety of our community, RCEA will be holding our RePower Hours as webinars until further notice. 

principle power offshore wind turbine

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’ offshore wind research, including newly released reports and upcoming events, please send an email to windstudies@schatzcenter.org.

Aerial view of Humboldt County Microgrid

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 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 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.

Two RCEA employees and electric car and house above the words Net energy metering webinar

Home/Business Solar and Net Energy Metering Workshop

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority invites the community to a webinar about home and business solar electricity systems and Net Energy Metering. Two sessions will be offered on Tuesday, June 23, the first at 10-11 a.m. with a repeat at 5:30 p.m. Both zoom webinars will include time in the end for attendees to ask questions.

E-Bike Workshop flyer with photo of a white bike in lower right corner

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.

Valentines Day Energy Efficiency Kit invitation

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 workshop invitation

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 – nstephenson@redwoodenergy.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 workshop flyer

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.

Future events

Topics under consideration before the pandemic set in; watch for upcoming announcements.

  • RePower Humboldt – What’s the Plan?
  • Electrify Your Home: How to get off Fossil Fuels
  • Time-of-Use transition and Energy Efficiency
  • Local Grids and Renewable Projects
  • Microgrids – Redwood Airport and Resiliency
  • 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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633 3rd Street

Eureka, CA 95501

(707) 269-1700

info@RedwoodEnergy.org

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