PG&E tells local officials bankruptcy filing won’t affect energy rates

Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., the country’s largest utility, announced Monday it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy — a move that creates uncertainty as to whether Humboldt County energy ratepayers will be affected.

PG&E currently faces $30 billion in potential damages from litigation over a series of wildfires in California during 2017 and 2018. Many were killed and thousands of structures were destroyed.

“The number one priority must be to protect ratepayers and fire survivors,” state Sen. Mike McGuire said in a statement. “We must ensure PG&E doesn’t miss a beat with their electric and gas contracts and we must have survivors at the top of mind to make sure they are taken care of every step of the way.”

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority Board of Directors will receive an update Jan. 28 as to how the filing will impact local energy rates. The board has already heard from PG&E, which said the utility’s bankruptcy won’t change rates “in any way,” RCEA board member and 2nd District Supervisor Estelle Fennell told the Times-Standard.

“We’re working with PG&E and (Community Choice Aggregators) to find out in the long term how they’re going to resolve PG&E’s role in the provision of power,” Fennell said.

The California Public Utilities Commission, which oversees all state utilities, could possibly look at a restructuring, Fennell suggested.

Locally, PG&E owns multiple Eel River dams and over 5,000 acres of land in the area, which the utility was using for the Potter Valley energy project. In September, the utility began seeking to auction off the parcels associated with the project.

Rep. Jared Huffman said the utility’s status will be a state issue and out of his purview, but he added that it’s “hard to imagine” that the bankruptcy won’t affect ratepayers at some level, given the scale of liability.

“As we work through this issue — and I have no idea how it ends relative to PG&E solvency — we have to confront this bigger issue of climate change and disaster preparedness,” Huffman said. “Whatever happens in the PG&E bankruptcy, I think we’re going to need to look at creative reforms so we don’t have mass firestorms caused by failed power supplies and dry conditions.”

Shomik Mukherjee can be reached at 707-441-0504. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

PG&E tells local officials bankruptcy filing won’t affect energy rates, by Shomik Mukherjee, Times Standard, January 14, 2019.

Arcata adopts new energy efficiency standards

The city of Arcata has adopted a new energy ordinance that will require residential buildings to be more efficient than the current minimum state standards dictate. Known as a “reach code,” the ordinance is a small part of Arcata’s local Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan.

“We’re looking for every opportunity to reduce greenhouse gases,” Emily Benvie, Environmental Programs Manager, said. “You pay more upfront to make it more efficient, but in the long term it’s cost effective.”

A city document identifies energy efficiency as a key component in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The document states that, “Humboldt Bay has the highest local sea-level rise rate in California, approximately two to three times higher than the long-term global rate.” Thus in an effort to stave off sea-level rise as an effect of increased greenhouse gases, the reach code was adopted.

According to Benvie, the state has existing standards covering energy efficiency, covered by Title 24 of the California
Code of Regulations. A provision within Title 24 requirements authorizes local jurisdictions to pass more stringent measures, “deemed reasonably necessary because of local conditions caused by climate, geology or topography,” according to a city document.

With stringency comes the burden of proof. Local jurisdictions looking to adopt reach codes must prove the measure they take will actually be cost effective. Julie Neander, deputy director of community services, said such a study was completed in 2016, called the “CALGreen Cost Effectiveness Study.” The study states, “the energy efficiency standards in this Ordinance will meet the Study’s cost-effectiveness standards in Arcata,” according to the city document.

The standards imposed by the ordinance pertain to newly constructed, low rise, single and multi-family units. Neander said newly constructed single family homes will be required to be 30 percent more efficient than the current state minimum. For newly constructed multi-family units, they must be 20 percent more efficient than state minimums, she said.

Some changes builders might implement to reach the standards are high performance attics and walls, high efficiency heating and water heating equipment, high efficiency fans, and more efficient hot water distribution systems, according to Neander. The efficiency standards can also be reached through utilizing a combination of efficiency measures and the photovoltaic compliance credit, which is a type of credit for solar systems.

“These buildings will last for 50-plus years,” she said. “They’ll be energy efficient now and for decades to come.”

 

Arcata adopts new energy efficiency standards, by Philip Santos, The Times Standard, January 5, 2019.

Redwood Coast Energy Authority is Hiring

Redwood Coast Energy Authority is looking to hire a manager of human resources and workforce development. This role will be focused on managing internal human resources functions as well as developing and administering workforce development programs that advance RCEA’s mission. Please click on the below links to view the application instructions and the full job description. Initial review of applicants will take place December 14, 2018.

Job Description

Introduction and Application Instructions

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is a local government Joint Powers Agency founded in 2003 whose members include the County of Humboldt; the Cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell, and Trinidad; and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District.

 

All text from www.redwoodcoast.org

Bureau plans forum on offshore wind in Golden State

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is holding a public information meeting on 13 December 2018 to provide an update on planning issues regarding offshore windfarms off the coast of California.

At the meeting, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will share information on planning activity for possible offshore wind developments along the California coast.

On 19 October 2018, BOEM published a call for information and nominations to solicit public input on the potential for offshore wind energy development in three call areas: two in central California and one in northern California. BOEM also wants to obtain further information about industry interest in commercial wind energy leases in the call areas.

At the meeting, BOEM will discuss how the public can comment on the call, the planning timeline, and additional opportunities for public participation. BOEM will provide a demonstration of the California Offshore Wind Energy Gateway, a web-based spatial planning tool it and the State of California are using to collect and share information on offshore uses and resources to inform decision-making. In addition, the public will have the opportunity to provide input and ask questions of state agency representatives and other BOEM renewable energy task force members.

Interest in offshore wind off the coast of the state is growing, not least since Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation setting a goal of 100% clean energy for California, a move that could accelerate plans to build floating offshore windfarms off the coast of the Golden State.

A report from the Green Economy Programme at the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California, Berkeley suggests that floating offshore wind energy could play a leading role as a source of green energy and employment.

In September a consortium of companies and a coastal energy authority submitted a lease application to BOEM to advance development of a floating offshore wind energy project 20 miles off the coast of Eureka in northern California. Redwood Coastal Energy Authority, Principle Power, EDPR Offshore North America and Aker Solutions have been working since 2017 to develop offshore wind potential off Humboldt County.

 

Bureau plans forum on offshore wind in Golden State, by David Foxwell, Offshore Wind Journal, November 20, 2018.

Redwood Coast Energy Authority Plays Key Role in Bringing Offshore Wind to Redwood Coast

Wind power off the coast of California has been in the news recently, all the way from our Northern California Press Democrat to the New York Times. If all you ever did was read these stories you would never know that Community Choice Energy agencies have been a driving force behind at least one of these highlighted projects.

In April 2018, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), created a consortium of potential partners for their offshore wind project. In September, RCEA sent in a proposal to the Bureau of Ocean Management to lease ocean waters for wind turbines. Currently there are no operational offshore wind projects in the state, but offshore wind prospects are increasing throughout the coast, particularly along the Redwood Coast, San Luis Obispo, and Morro Bay. According to a press release by RCEA, they expect to build about 10 to 15 turbines at a site chosen to “avoid or minimize impacts on marine navigation corridors, major commercial fishing areas, and environmental resources.”  This project is projected to cost about $500 million and can potentially start construction in 2023 with 120 MW of power being delivered to homes in 2024 according to an article by the New York Times.

How did this come to be?

The energy produced by the wind farm would be aggregated then distributed to RCEA’s service territory of about 60,000 customers. These customers are enrolled in the Energy Authority’s Community Choice program. RCEA, as well as other Community Choice agencies, seek to harness local energy resources, create jobs in their communities and deliver local clean power. Matthew Marshall, the Executive Director of RCEA says “It is accurate to say that RCEA would not be moving forward with this wind project if not for having formed a Community Choice agency and the role of RCEA, and other CCAs, as potential off takers is definitely key.”

This project is just one of many in state energy projects started by a Community Choice agency. Peninsula Clean Energy and Silicon Valley broke ground on a collaborative Solar project in Los Banos, California earlier this month. With 19 Community Choice agencies and more on the way, California can anticipate more local clean energy projects.

Local energy partnership readying North Coast for hydrogen powered cars

At the beginning of this year, Gov. Brown signed an executive order mandating in part that, “all State entities work with the private sector and all appropriate levels of government to put at least 5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2030.” As a result, a local partnership between the Redwood Coast Energy Authority and the Schatz Energy Research Center has begun a series of steps to prepare Humboldt for air friendly hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, or FCEV’s.

“It’s exciting technology …there are certain things that capture peoples’ imaginations,” says Aisha Cissna, who works with RCEA.

But Cissna, among others, is wrestling with a bit of a catch-22. There are currently no fueling stations for FCEVs in Humboldt County. So before FCEVs come to Humboldt, they need a place to fuel. But, for fueling stations to be constructed, FCEVs need to be on the road.

What are Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles?

Unlike battery powered electric vehicles, FCEVs do not need to be plugged in, as they combine hydrogen with oxygen to creates on board electricity, according to Keith Malone, public affairs person for the California Fuel Cell Partnership, an organization created to help commercialize hydrogen fuel cell technology. Cissna said battery powered electric vehicles can take up to eight hours to recharge. FCEVs on the other hand can be refueled in three to five minutes, according to Malone.

“They’re damn fun to drive,” Malone says. “Any car with an electric motor is fun to drive because it has kick.”

Of the two FCEV models on the market,the Toyota Mirai and the Honda Clarity, Malone said they take about five kilograms of hydrogen, which currently costs about $16 per kilogram. Malone, however, says the price of hydrogen is “a bit artificial” because auto manufacturers are offering free fuel for the first three years for purchasers of FCEVs, meaning that there is no reason to lower the price.

The Toyota Mirai, and the Honda Clarity both boast a range of over 300 miles, Malone said. Hyundai is claiming the Nexo, a crossover utility vehicle which has yet to be released, will have a range of 370-380 miles.

For those who might perceive electric vehicles as “wimpish,” Malone presents the ZH2, a truck developed by GM for the US military, powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Because of a decreased heat signature, the truck is able to get 90 percent closer to targets without detection, according to Malone. Additionally, Malone said FCEVs are known to operate well in extreme conditions. The final kicker? Instead of noxious exhaust fumes, FCEVs produce potable water.

Challenges

Malone recently spoke on a panel at Humboldt State University which centered around the regional approach to adopting and accelerating electric vehicle use. Composed of government agencies, major auto manufacturers, and energy companies, all members believe there is a future pathway for both battery and fuel cell electric vehicles. While both technologies are developing in the southern portion of the state, bringing FCEVs to the North Coast comes with a few unique challenges.

“It’s all about infrastructure.” Malone said.

“You can’t sell the cars unless you have the infrastructure.”

Cissna said the primary approach to solving the “cars before construction” dilemma is approaching state agencies.

“We’ve been reaching out to different fleets,” she said. Cissna said among those contacted are California Fish and Wildlife and the California Department of Transportation. She hopes that if large fleets convert to FCEV’s, they will at least begin the process of establishing hydrogen fueling stations in the area.

FCEVs may for now be out of reach for many consumers. Jerome Carman, a senior research engineer at SERC said one of the biggest challenges to bringing FCEVs to the North Coast is that Humboldt County has a lower average income than other areas. This makes the possibility of affording a new FCEV less likely.

“We have a large used vehicle population,” he said.

Carman said we probably won’t see “significant adoption,” until used FCEVs are available.

Then there is the question of where to get hydrogen from. Hydrogen is traditionally transported via truck, much like gasoline and natural gas. In our remote area, this means the cost might be significantly increased, according to Cissna. One proposed solution is the local production of hydrogen. While the proposal is still in its early stages, Cissna said local hydrogen production could increase local energy resiliency and decrease the costs of hydrogen.

“We want to position ourselves to be as ready as possible for when they want to develop up here,” she said.

Philip Santos can be reached at 707-441-0506.

 

Local energy partnership readying North Coast for hydrogen powered cars, by Philip Santos, The Redwood Times, October 12, 2018.

Clarke Museum, Eureka Visitor Center Go 100% Renewable On Energy

EUREKA – The Clarke Historical Museum and Eureka Visitor Center are excited to announce they have enrolled in Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s (RCEA) REpower+, Humboldt County’s Community Choice 100% Renewable Energy program.

According to Museum Director & Curator Ben Brown, the move is a natural one. “The Clarke is the home of Humboldt County’s history, so I think it’s only appropriate we should also be making history by fully embracing the energy model of the future. We’ve even added a smartphone charging station for the convenience of museum and Visitor Center guests who’d like to run their phones on renewable power.”

The museum worked with RCEA to upgrade its energy program to 100% renewable electricity, sourced completely from wind, solar, and local biomass power plants. For an added cost of just $0.01 more per kilowatt hour, the museum is no longer relying on fossil fuels to meet its energy needs, reflecting Humboldt County’s move as a whole toward more environmentally beneficial energy sources.

A growing number of Humboldt businesses, residents, and agencies, including the City of Arcata and the City of Blue Lake, have also opted-up to help achieve energy independence and energy security in Humboldt County, maximizing the environmental benefits offered by RCEA’s electricity generation program. Strong community support and patronage for these businesses shows that the public is committed to increasing our energy resiliency, boosting our local economy, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Alanna Powell, Visitor Center and Humboldt Made Director, is also fully on board with the move. “I’m delighted that we’re not only reinforcing Humboldt’s environmental credentials with this move, but also that our energy is now Humboldt Made!”

Adds Brown “Both the Museum and the Visitor Center fully endorse the use of clean, locally produced energy and encourage other businesses to get on board with Community Choice. We’d be happy to talk about the benefits with anyone considering the move – and of course, as a nonprofit, we’d also be very happy to discuss sponsorship of our clean energy program!”

The Clarke Historical Museum is at 240 E Street, Eureka and on the web at http://www.clarkemuseum.org

RCEA is a local government Joint Powers Agency whose members include the County of Humboldt, all of its cities, and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. The agency’s purpose is to develop and implement sustainable energy initiatives that reduce energy demand, increase energy efficiency, and advance the use of clean, efficient and renewable resources available in the region. RCEA launched their Community Choice Energy program in May 2017, operates as a partnership with PG&E to buy cleaner, more locally produced electricity that is still reliably delivered to customers by PG&E.

Redwood Coast Energy Authority is at 633 3rd Street, Eureka and on the web at http://www.RedwoodEnergy.org

 

Clarke Museum, Eureka Visitor Center Go 100% Renewable On Energy, by Clarke Historical Museum Staff, Clarke Historical Museum, September 30, 2018. 

Redwood Coast Energy Authority Fall 2018 Update

In 2013, Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), Schatz Energy Research Center and other local partners culminated a years-longplanning effort with the publication of the RePower Humboldt Strategic Plan. The aim of this work was to determine how Humboldt County could transition to a low-carbon, renewable energy-powered economy by 2030. A key recommendation in the plan was to create a local Community Choice Energy (CCE) program, as other local governments in California were just then beginning to do.

Fast-forward to 2018, and RCEA’s CCE program has now been providing service to the majority of Humboldt County electricity customers for over a year, keeping about $20 million dollars per year in the local economy that was previously exported via utility bills. These revenues are now funding exciting new programs that deliver benefits to the community such as ratepayer savings, home and building improvements, new infrastructure, and community resilience.

Governor Brown’s recent signing of Senate Bill 100 officially puts California on a path toward 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2045. RCEA plans to meet and exceed this goal for our community with local renewable sources by 2030, and our CCE program is enabling this transition. To meet this ambitious goal, we are currently developing a solar microgrid at the California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport (see page 5), as well as a floating ocean wind energy project off our coastline (see page 4).

With RCEA as Humboldt’s default electricity service provider, our County is now participating in a statewide, local energy choice movement that is advancing clean energy development faster than State law requires. As of the end of this year, we’ll have seventeen sister agencies serving utility customers across California with cleaner electricity at lower rates, under the same CCE model. RCEA is united with these agencies through the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA), an industry organization that advocates for us in State proceedings and allows us to share innovative ideas among our communities.

While most of our County no longer receives electricity generation service from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), RCEA continues to partner with the PG&E, which still provides the necessary services of delivering electricity, metering usage, and billing services to customers. PG&E’s generation rates change as needed to reflect the constantly fluctuating energy market, and although RCEA’s rates may periodically change as well, we strive to be cost-competitive. The CCE program enables us to buffer our customers from potential price spikes as we all move forward into this transitioning energy landscape.

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This is an excerpt from Redwood Coast Energy’s Fall 2018 Newsletter. Click here for the full newsletter.

“Community Choice Energy,” by Redwood Coast Energy Authority, Redwood Coast Energy Authority Fall 2018 Newsletter, September 29, 2018.

 

County promises climate change action

HUMBOLDT – Humboldt County has pledged to create a plan for reining in its carbon emissions and will strive for 100 percent renewably-sourced electricity by 2025.

A resolution to that effect was unanimously approved at the Sept. 11 Board of Supervisors meeting. Advanced by Supervisor Mike Wilson, the resolution also declares the county’s support for the international Paris Agreement, which the U.S. has withdrawn from.

Wilson said the timing of the resolution is appropriate, as the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco started the day after the meeting and he was there on behalf of the county.

Cities, counties and countries are working on an overall push to control the increase of average global temperature and keep it below two degrees Celsius. Wilson said that Humboldt County has “the potential to be a game-changer in this.”

He added that residents of the region are “feeling the effects on all sides,” with wildfires, sea level rise and ocean acidification.

Wilson also said that a “new economy” is emerging as changes are pursued, and Humboldt has the expertise and the resources to innovate.

He named the Schatz Energy Lab and Humboldt State University – which he said had the largest environmental engineering program in the world when he was a student there – as sources of knowledge.

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is “leading the charge on renewables” and Humboldt is “on track” to be a renewable energy exporter.

“So we have not just the brainpower to effect change in this marketplace but we have the resources to do that,” Wilson continued, saying the county also has the “forest capacity” to sequester carbon.

Supervisor Rex Bohn suggested adding language to the resolution stipulating that all renewable energy be locally-sourced and created in the county.

That change was approved, along with Bohn’s request to state that biomass-derived energy will be included as a source of renewable energy.

The resolution’s call for creation of a Climate Action Plan by 2020 mirrors voluntary directives in Humboldt’s recently-approved General Plan. Planning Director John Ford said two plans – one for municipal governments and agencies and another for “the county as a whole” – are called for in the General Plan.

Inter-jurisdictional planning “will be explored,” he continued. There are multiple prongs of climate change action in the county already. The cities of Arcata and Eureka have adopted resolutions calling for 100 percent renewable energy by 2025 and the McKinleyville Community Services District has adopted a similar resolution.

An intern working on climate change action has been hired by the county through CivicSpark, an Americorps program that responds to “community resilience issues.” Ford said the county’s share of sponsoring the intern is $25,000 and he anticipates the costs related to climate change-related planning won’t go beyond an additional $25,000.

During a public comment session, several residents of Arcata supported the resolution and described action on climate change as being essential to the welfare of future generations.

Stephanie Tidwell of Friends of the Eel River said the county’s action responds to local effects. The Humboldt Bay area is spared from the effects of wildfires, she continued, but its “unique geology” opens the potential to make sea level rise more intense than anywhere else in the world.

Tidwell added that although some “pretty ambitious” goals have been set on the state level, “Locally, we can do better.”

“Today’s resolution matters,” said Amber Shelton of the Environmental Protection Information Center, adding that it builds on the General Plan’s content.

Colin Fiske of the 350 Humboldt clean energy advocacy group and the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities emphasized the need for setting emission reduction goals and “holding yourselves accountable to them.”

He also noted that “transportation is our largest source of greenhouse gases locally.”

Vehicle emissions are likely to rise, as the General Plan designates an increase in vehicle miles travelled as a significant and unavoidable impact.

California has two laws that call for greenhouse gas emissions reduction – AB 32 and the just-signed SB 100, which calls for achieving 100 percent emission-free electricity by 2045.

The trend is evident in Humboldt County, with onshore and offshore wind energy projects in the process of being advanced.

In addition to specifying that renewable energy should be locally-produced, the  resolution was also modified to include mention of Humboldt joining the County Climate Coalition, a newly-emerging coalition of counties seeking action on climate change response.

 

County promises climate change action, by Daniel Mintz, Mad River Union, September 22, 2018.

RCEA and Consortium Submit Lease Application For Northern California Offshore Wind Energy Project

PRESS RELEASE:

EUREKA, California, September 12, 2018 – The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), with support from a consortium of private companies, has submitted a lease application to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to advance the development of an offshore wind energy project off the coast of Humboldt County, in Northern California. The 100-150 megawatt (MW) floating offshore wind farm is planned to be located more than 20 miles off the coast of Eureka.

RCEA and the consortium, which includes Principle Power Inc., EDPR Offshore North America LLC, and Aker Solutions Inc., have been working with members of the community since 2017 to explore and develop the offshore wind potential of Humboldt County. RCEA initiated a competitive process earlier this year and selected the consortium to enter into a public-private partnership to pursue the development of the proposed project. Since its founding in 2003, RCEA, a local government joint powers agency, has provided an array of energy services to Humboldt County residents and businesses.

In recent months, RCEA has done an increasing amount of community outreach – informing the public and commercial interests, gathering feedback, and listening to and incorporating the concerns and desires of the region – to form the basis for the lease application submitted to BOEM.  The project is expected to bring significant economic benefits to the region in the form of jobs and increased spending in the local community and State of California. A longer-term goal of the project is for Humboldt Bay to become a central hub of a US west coast offshore wind industry.

“Humboldt County has much to gain by harnessing our offshore wind power potential,” said County Supervisor and RCEA board member Estelle Fennell. “Coastal resiliency, local jobs, increased investments in economic development, manufacturing, protecting wildlife and future generations of Humboldt County. The State of California set ambitious goals this week by signing Senate Bill 100, reaching for carbon neutrality and 100% clean electricity by 2045. We are at the very beginning of a multi-year process, but so far, the response from the public has been positive. Humboldt County has a long history of innovative leadership when it comes to renewable energy solutions.”

RCEA’s work with the Humboldt community, state and federal agencies, and others has generated an overall positive response to the proposed project and sets the framework for successfully delivering clean energy to local ratepayers at a competitive cost, under an efficient, locally driven and guided development philosophy.  RCEA and the consortium will continue to focus on community and stakeholder outreach during this multi-year process to understand and address potential concerns.

Donna Wright, Executive Director of the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce, said “the Chamber supports economic development opportunities with offshore wind and clean energy and supports efforts to keep Humboldt County and California competitive in this growing industry. Business plays a key role in community leadership and by working with RCEA and their consortium we want the community to know that we are committed to supporting policies and advocating for programs that promote economic, environmental and community sustainability.”

RCEA and its project partners engaged in a systematic, comprehensive process to determine a location for the Humboldt offshore site that minimizes impacts to the environment and communities, including commercial fishing, that are active offshore.  Based on this interactive process, the proposed lease area will support selecting a final project site for an expected 10-15 turbines that avoids or minimizes impacts on marine navigation corridors, major commercial fishing areas, and environmental resources.

RCEA‘s project partners bring the expertise needed to develop, finance, and operate projects as well as build an offshore wind energy supply chain.  The complementary capabilities of Principle Power, EDPR, and Aker Solutions bring the long-term commitment needed for a successful project.  RCEA and its consortium of development partners are working to bring the project online in 2024, which will help unlock the extraordinary value of offshore wind energy for California.

“We wanted a project of this magnitude to move forward with the local community having a strong role throughout the process,” added Matthew Marshall, Executive Director at RCEA. “We are extremely excited that we’ve been able to partner with such a highly-capable and experienced team of companies that are committed to that vision of a community-led project.”

About the Redwood Coast Energy Authority

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is a local government Joint Powers Agency whose members include the County of Humboldt; the Cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell, and Trinidad; and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. The purpose of the Energy Authority is to develop and implement sustainable energy initiatives that reduce energy demand, increase energy efficiency, and advance the use of clean, efficient and renewable resources available in the region for the benefit of the Member agencies and their constituents.

Press Contact: Nancy Stephenson, RCEA Community Strategies Manager

(707) 269-1700 ext 352 -NStephenson@redwoodenergy.org