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Blue Lake Power Seeks Suppliers to Restart Biomass Plant in California

Blue Lake Power LLC plans to restart its 12-MW biomass power plant in California next month, the company announced on Sunday. Blue Lake said in a press statement it is currently working to secure short and long-term supplies of fuel for ongoing operations. The particular facility will be burning wood to produce steam and generate […]

Blue Lake Council to Consider 100% Renewable Energy for City Facilities

BLUE LAKE – Blue Lake Council will consider powering the city with 100% renewable energy. Member Bobbi Ricca requested the discussion to better understand the financial implications of Shifting To Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s Re-Power program. According to a report from RCEA, the cost would amount to $3,100 annually. The council will meet Tuesday, July […]

Community Choice Energy Program Comes to Humboldt County

People who live in Humboldt County now have a choice when it comes to their electricity supplier. Roger Engel is the director of power resources for the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), a non-profit with a board made up of government officials from cities in Humboldt as well as the county board of supervisors. “This year […]

Program Gives Users Option to Go Fully Renewable

Customers enrolled in Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s community choice energy program can “opt up” so that all the electricity coming into their home or business comes from 100 percent renewable sources. “It’s a great, attainable way to fight climate change by reducing your carbon footprint,” Eureka City Councilman Austin Allison, who opted into the program […]

Ferndale Joins RCEA’s Community Choice Energy Program (audio)

The Board of Supervisors voted to include unincorporated areas of Humboldt County into Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s Community Choice Energy program earlier this year. In May, Ferndale City Council voted to join as well. Now the entire county is eligible to participate in the community choice energy program. Sydney Morrone reports…

Solar-Storage Microgrid Powering up Native American Reservation in California

A new solar-storage combination microgrid is now up and running to power government offices, businesses and American Red Cross shelter sites throughout a Native America reservation in northern California, partners in the project announced Thursday. Blue Lake Rancheria launched its low-carbon community microgrid. The plant combines a 500-kW solar photovoltaic system built by REC Solar […]

Ferndale Joins CCA

The final Humboldt County holdout in the Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s community choice energy voted to join the program. The Ferndale City Council voted 4-1 to get on board with Mayor Don Hindley dissenting. Ferndale was the only city not already on board with RCEA’s plan to supply Humboldt County with more local electricity at […]

Sonoma Clean Power Play

What if the revolution came, and we missed it because we tossed out the announcement? Seems like that’s what happened last month, when PG&E customers in Mendocino County got word that the utility no longer has a monopoly on selling us electricity. Most people I talked to don’t remember getting the letter, didn’t read it, […]

Mendocino County Residents Getting New Electric Provider

Some Mendocino County residents may be wondering about coming changes to their electric bills. Sonoma Clean Power, which became the county’s main electric supplier last August, has mailed its first round of notices explaining its service that residents will automatically be enrolled in on June 1. Starting in June, all homes and businesses (except those […]

Community Choice Energy Great Idea for Humboldt County

You’ve probably received a couple of mailers by now about the Community Choice Energy program that Redwood Coast Energy Authority is launching in Humboldt County in May. Likely you’ve also seen the ads describing the program in our local media. I’m part of the Community Advisory Committee providing input on the development of this program, […]