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.