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Sonoma Clean Power to Become Willits’ Default Provider

Willits residents can expect changes to their electric bills starting in June. Sonoma Clean Power, which became Mendocino County’s main electric supplier last fall, is bringing its services to Willits. Starting on the city’s June meter read date, all homes and businesses will automatically be enrolled in the power agency’s default service, running on 36 […]

New Energy Authority Aims to Reduce Rates by 2.7 Percent

Officials with the Redwood Coast Energy Authority expect to provide electricity to utility customer in Humboldt County at a lower rate than is currently offered once the community choice aggregation program launches May 1. Andrea Alstone, manager of power resources with RCEA, said the organization plans to offer an electric generation rate that will be […]

‘Community Choice Energy’ is Just Two Months Away, Humboldt

RCEA is working to implement the community choice program with a team of consultants selected through an open, competitive solicitation. The consulting team brings needed expertise and experience from working with the successful CCEs already operating elsewhere in the state. RCEA staff have formed our own in-house CCE team and are building local program management […]

The Humboldt Power Grid is About to Be Cleaner and Cheaper; Redwood Coast Energy Authority Explains ‘Community Choice’ Energy (includes audio)

This morning I spoke with Matthews Marshall, the Executive Director of Redwood Coast Energy Authority about the new Community Choice Energy program. Through the hard work of the RCEA, Humboldt County will be joining other California counties in generating, managing and choosing the sources of energy that supply the county. This new program should result […]

Community Choice Energy Program to Go Forward as Planned

HUMBOLDT, Calif. – Redwood Coast Energy Authority has announced that the Community Choice Energy Program will go forward as planned and begin in May of this year. In 2002 the County of Humboldt voted in favor of an opt-out program known as Community Choice Energy. This program allows the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) to […]

Program Sources Local Renewable Energy

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is set to begin proposing energy rates Monday, according to executive director Matthew Marshall. “The bottom line is we’ll have the ability to offer customers an alternative for the generation input of the bill,” Marshall said. “We are focusing on local renewable energy which have lower greenhouse emissions and a […]

Redwood Coast Energy Authority Receives State Approval

Officials with the Redwood Coast Energy Authority on Friday said they were one step closer to launching a new energy program in Humboldt County that aims to shrink electricity bills and supply power from more renewable sources. Matthew Marshall, executive director at the energy authority, said they received notice late last month the California Public […]

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 […]