Last spring, SERC worked with the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) to release the RePower Humboldt Strategic Plan. The plan lays out long-term strategies and near-term implementation measures that can lead Humboldt toward a more sustainable energy future. Less than a year from the completion of that planning effort, we’re pleased to report that a substantial number of the implementation measures are already under way, and SERC is actively involved in several of them.
- There are multiple efforts to utilize forest-based biomass resources in an ecologically sensitive and cost-effective manner.
- The U.S. Department of Energy is funding a study to revisit the idea of a pilot-scale wave energy facility offshore from Humboldt Bay.
- Locals and developers are still interested in harnessing wind and run-of-the-river hydro resources throughout the region.
- SERC is working with RCEA to complete a regional plan to support the adoption of electric vehicles.
- On the energy demand side of the equation, the efficiency programs at RCEA continue to grow and reach more local residents, businesses and schools.
- RCEA will soon implement a heat pump pilot study in the City of Blue Lake.
While not exhaustive, this list makes it clear that our local community is serious about pursuing the vision articulated in the RePower Humboldt Strategic Plan, and that we already have the momentum to make substantial progress over the coming years!