Scroll down to read news stories about Community Choice Energy in the Redwood Coast region, with focus on current and developing CCA programs: Mendocino County and Redwood Coast Energy Authority. We invite your contributions.

It is our aim to present information and points of view that are important to clean energy and Community Choice stakeholders throughout California. The Clean Power Exchange and Center for Climate Protection are not responsible for the factual accuracy in reposted articles and viewpoints expressed are not necessarily those of the Clean Power Exchange or Center for Climate Protection.

A Floating Offshore Wind Farm Is Coming to California

Matthew Marshall, executive director of the Redwood Coast Energy Authority, explains why a public-private partnership wants to build what could be the country’s first floating wind farm, in the Pacific Ocean. THE WAVES CRASHING along the coast of Humboldt County, California, make visible just how much energy exists offshore. If all goes well, within a decade the […]

RCEA Selects ‘Highly Capable’ Wind Energy Team

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority announced this afternoon that it has selected a “consortium” of companies to enter into a public-private partnership to pursue the development of an offshore wind energy project off the North Coast. According to an RCEA press release, the consortium — which consists of Principle Power Inc., EDPR Offshore North America […]

DC Fast Charges Coming to Humboldt County in Spring 2018

Soon, EV drivers in Humboldt County will be able to use local fast  chargers to refuel their vehicles in about 30 minutes. Last year, ChargePoint received a grant from the California Energy Commission to install DC fast charging (DCFC) stations at 6 locations in Humboldt County (map inset left). Currently, only level 1 (L1) and […]

HSU’s Schatz center gets $5M grant for airport microgrid

Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center and the Redwood Coast Energy Authority are teaming up to bring energy independence to the Humboldt County regional airport in McKinleyville through a $9 million solar array microgrid. The research center announced last week that it was awarded a $5 million grant which it will combine with $6 […]

Open houses on tap for Redwood Coast Energy Authority

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority will host two open houses in March to highlight the key updates regarding energy use on the North Coast. The open house and information session will be held on March 5 at the Social Club in Samoa on March 6 at the Plaza Grill View room in Arcata. The RCEA […]

In the Wind

As legalized recreational cannabis takes hold in California, some Humboldt County officials think the local economy’s future isn’t tied to farms in the hills. It might be in the wind. A triad of factors has state and local officials, as well as energy companies, increasingly excited about the potential of offshore wind energy in Humboldt […]

Request For Qualifications For Humboldt County Offshore Wind Energy Development Partners

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a qualified entity or group of entities to enter into a public-private partnership for pursuing the development of an offshore wind energy project off the Northern California coast. Questions about this RFQ can be submitted in writing prior to February 9, 2018, […]

Renewable Energy Potential in Humboldt Includes Offshore Wind

Residents of Humboldt County have a long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability—including sustainable energy. In spite of our often foggy weather, Humboldt County has one of the highest per-capita number of photovoltaic (PV) systems in California. This past May, the Humboldt County government, through the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), took over control of the electricity […]

California Dreamin’ of Offshore Wind Energy and Job Creation

It’s not just states on the northeast coast of the US that stand to benefit from offshore wind – California could too. Recent weeks have seen a lot of attention paid to the potential of offshore wind energy of the northeast coast of the US, but there is also potential aplenty on the country’s east […]

Airport Could Get 5-Acre Solar Array

McKINLEYVILLE – Humboldt County is making a move toward renewable energy use by pursuing a plan to install a solar power array at its main airport. At its Oct. 10 meeting, the county’s Board of Supervisors approved a “letter of commitment” to allow a nine acre-portion of the California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport […]