RCEA Board votes to increase renewable energy to 100% by 2025
On Thursday, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority unanimously voted to set a goal of 100% clean, renewable energy by 2025, directing the staff to begin taking steps to plan for this change. This step means that Humboldt will lead the nation in pushing for clean energy, setting an energy target that is 20 years more ambitious than under California energy law, which requires the entire state to move to 100% renewable energy by 2045. Currently Humboldt County draws approximately 42% of its power from renewable energy.
A point of future discussion will undoubtedly be the role of biomass in future clean energy discussions. Humboldt County currently operates two industrial-scale biomass energy facilities and RCEA sources energy from both in its current energy mix.
Last night was the culmination of over two years of organizing. EPIC is grateful to our friends at the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities, 350 Humboldt, Climate 911, and the Cool Solutions podcast for their help in pushing this resolution past the finish line! EPIC is also thankful to the hundreds of activists who contacted RCEA to let them know that they support this goal. They heard you!