Ferndale Electric Customers Can Choose Redwood Coast Energy Authority for the New Year
Press release from Redwood Coast Energy:
The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) is excited to announce the expansion of its Community Choice Energy program to include the City of Ferndale. Program expansion was certified this week by the California Public Utilities Commission. Ferndale residents can start receiving electricity from RCEA in January 2018 thanks to the Ferndale City Council’s vote in May to join Humboldt County’s Community Choice Energy program network. This means that in the new year customers in all unincorporated areas and all 7 cities in our County will be able to receive electricity from the Redwood Coast Energy Authority.
The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is governed by a board of directors whose members are appointed by local elected officials.
The Community Choice Energy program is comprised of the County of Humboldt and cities of Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna, Blue Lake, Trinidad, Rio Dell, and now Ferndale. The Community Choice Energy Program was first launched in Humboldt County in May 2017 as an alternative means of procuring electricity through our local governments. Like other CCE programs around the state, RCEA’s program offers electricity at a lower price and with more renewable energy compared with standard utility offerings.
“This is not a revolution or an attempt to compete with PG&E,” said Michael Sweeney, RCEA board member and Ferndale City Council member. “We are providing our community with the option to participate in the program; without the City Council’s vote, energy customers were excluded from choosing the Community Choice program. Consumers can now decide for themselves to stay with the program or opt out.”
Prior to the Ferndale rollout in January, customers should expect mailings with important detailed information about the new program. In addition to the mailings, customers can visit RedwoodEnergy.org or contact RCEA for more information at (707) 269-1700 or info@RedwoodEnergy.org. Redwood Coast Energy Authority will continue to work closely with PG&E and appreciates their excellent customer service and operation of the electricity distribution system in Humboldt County.
Like customers in the rest of the county, new Ferndale customers will continue to only get one bill in the mail from PG&E, with the only change on the bill—other than a modest rate reduction–being electric power generation charges from RCEA replacing PG&E’s generation line item. Any customer can elect to opt out of the program at any time and resume receiving electricity purchased by PG&E. Alternatively, customers can choose to receive 100% renewable power from RCEA for a modest additional monthly charge.
Community Choice Energy’s goal is to offer electric power consumers a choice in their services, at lower rates, with the option to purchase cleaner electricity at competitive prices. The program is under local control, allowing revenues to be directed toward development of more local energy generation and programs.