CONTACT: Nancy Stephenson
PHONE: (707) 269-1700 x352
February 4, 2019
CITIZEN SOURCING FOR CUSTOMER PROGRAMS
Redwood Coast Energy Authority Seeks Ideas from the Public
EUREKA, CA: The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) invites the public to participate in “Citizen Sourcing” to help identify new and/or expanded energy-related programs or projects that will provide a direct benefit to Humboldt County’s Community Choice Energy Program ratepayers. Concepts should align with RCEA’s program development priorities of 1) energy efficiency, conservation, and electrification; 2) electric vehicles and charging infrastructure; and 3) distributed solar power and energy storage systems.
Anyone with a compatible idea or vision is welcome to respond, prior experience with energy planning is not required. RCEA hopes to see a wide range of concepts, from neighborhood innovations to county-wide solutions.
“The objective of starting with a ‘Citizen Sourcing’ process as a first step in the development of new customer programs is to open it up so that anyone in the community can participate in generating new ideas,” said RCEA Executive Director Matthew Marshall. “By providing a framework for what is basically a community-wide brainstorming session, we are hoping to get a variety of creative ideas that we can then evaluate and refine into energy programs or projects that support RCEA’s sustainable energy goals.”
Responses are due March 14th. RCEA’s Community Advisory Committee will work with RCEA staff to evaluate the responses and make recommendations to the RCEA Board of Directors on which ideas should be further developed and potentially funded.
Details, instructions, and a response template can be found at www.redwoodenergy.org. Call (707) 269-1700 ext: 352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
To learn more about the process, workshops will be held on Wednesday, February 20 from 5:30-7:00 p.m., and Thursday, February 21 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at RCEA’s office in Old Town, Eureka – 633 3rd St..
Established in 2003, 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. RCEA implements a variety of energy-related programs and projects of behalf of Humboldt County ratepayers, including the Community Choice Energy (CCE) program which provides local control over procuring and developing power on behalf of participating customers while PG&E continues to deliver the electricity, maintain the power lines and electrical grid, and handle customer billing.