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Local Power Control

A multi-jurisdictional public energy agency that includes the county advanced a power buying program whose implementation in unincorporated areas was approved by the Board of Supervisors last spring. The action authorized the county’s participation in the new program, which is slated to begin providing power in spring 2017. Known as Community Choice Aggregation, the program […]

Blue Lake Power Under Fire from Residents, Tribe over Alleged Pollution Violations

When the Blue Lake biomass power plant opened in 1987, many in the community welcomed it as a new renewable energy source, but for some, that welcome seems to have worn thin. “At the time, it was a good solution to our problems,” said Kit Mann, a 38-year Blue Lake resident. “And times have changed.” […]

Hero Pace Program Helps Homeowners Save Energy and Water

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has voted to make the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program available to local residents. HERO PACE financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them over time through their property tax bill. HERO payments may have tax benefits, and homeowners may see immediate […]

California County Files Community Choice Aggregation Plan

Dive Brief: The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), a community choice aggregation program representing towns in Humboldt County, has filed its supply plan with the California Public Utilities Commission, according to a the Times-Standard.   The Times-Standard reports RCEA, with help from The Energy Authority, will use local biomass and other renewables to serve five towns […]

Rio Dell Joins Redwood Community Energy

The Rio Dell City Council voted 3-2 to join the Redwood Coast Energy Alliance (RCEA) Tuesday November, 17th. The two dissenting votes came from Mayor Frank Wilson and Councilman Tim Marks, citing limited public outreach and uncertainty over the “opt-out” nature of the program. “RCEA officials previously told the council that customers within the energy […]

Rio Dell City Council to Decide on Energy

The Rio Dell City Council is set to make its final decisions on an amendment to the enforcement section of the commercial medical marijuana land use ordinance, letting the County of Humboldt regulate septic tanks in city limits and joining Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s Redwood Community Energy plan on Tuesday evening. On the agenda is […]

Local Energy Choice Program Before California Public Utilities Commission

A program that would give some Humboldt County communities a choice on their energy sources was submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission for certification Thursday, according to the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA). The program, known formally as community choice aggregation, is a state-allowed program that lets local governments choose their energy sources and […]

Community Choice Energy Survey

Community Choice Energy Survey We Need Your Feedback! We need your feedback on a proposal called Community Choice Energy (also known as Community Choice Aggregation). Community Choice Energy provides residents the option of purchasing locally generated power at competitive rates from local sources such as biomass power plants using wood waste as fuel. This could […]

Why Biomass Plants Can’t Turn Pot into Energy

Every year law enforcement seizes around 100,000 marijuana plants on average in Humboldt County and that plant matter could be turned into energy if it were feasible and efficient but right now it’s not. Redwood Community Energy, the local community choice aggregation program ran by Redwood Coast Energy Authority, is set to roll out in […]

Local Energy Program Advances

HUMBOLDT – Humboldt County’s creation of a local power purchasing program has reached a key benchmark with the approval of a technical study and guidelines for implementation. The Redwood Coast Energy Authority, a joint powers agency made up of county and city governments, is the lead agency and made the approvals at its Sept. 19 […]