Redwood Coast Energy Authority Offering Free ‘Electric Vehicles 101 Webinar’ on August 26th

This is a press release from the Redwood Coast Energy Authority:

Electric Vehicles 101 Webinar

A presentation on the benefits of buying an EV and what incentives are available

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority invites the public to a free online presentation that will cover the basics of electric vehicles, the benefits of buying one, and what incentives are available. Two sessions will be offered on Wednesday, August 26, the first at 10-11 a.m. with a repeat at 5:30 p.m. Both one-hour webinars will include time afterward for attendees to ask questions.

Register for the zoom webinar on RCEA’s website: https://redwoodenergy.org/get-involved/repowerhour/

RCEA Transportation Specialist Sophia Valenzuela will talk about the different types of electric vehicles, financial incentives and assistance, consumer benefits, environmental benefits, fuel and maintenance savings, and charging options.

RCEA plans to roll out an EV rebate this fall that will be an add-on to the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. Details will be provided during the webinar.

Transportation continues to be the largest source of GHG emissions in Humboldt County and every EV that replaces a combustion engine brings us one step closer to our goal of reducing our impact. Plus, once they drive one, most owners agree that it’s not just better for the environment, they are better cars.

RCEA’s Transportation Program:

Support for the use of low-carbon fuel vehicles in Humboldt County by planning, managing, and implementing zero emission vehicle infrastructure. RCEA also provides information, education, and incentives to encourage local residents, businesses and public agencies to adopt low-carbon fuel vehicles.

About RCEA:

RCEA is a local government Joint Powers Agency founded in 2003, develops and implements sustainable energy initiatives that reduce energy demand, increase energy efficiency, and advance the use of clean, efficient, and renewable resources.

Call (707) 269-1700, email [email protected], or go to www.RedwoodEnergy.org for more information.

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6 comments

  • Pharmstheproblem

    Just one question, if California already has a power grid problem how is this going to help?

    • I work for a global commercial vehicle manufacturer. Over the last 3 1/2 plus years I have been involved in discussions with CARB regarding the development of their Advanced Clean Trucks rule that was recently finalized. This rule puts requirements on HD on-road vehicle manufacturers (hd pickups like F250 through class 8 tractors and straight trucks) to sell increasing percentages of HD zero-emission vehicles in CA beginning in model year 2024.

      The question you ask is one that I posed to ARB staff and board members, CA Energy Commission and CA Public Utilities Commission members, PG&E and SoCal Edison representatives, and representatives from the Governor’s office. The response from all was completely dismissive. No consideration of utility company bankruptcies, aging infrastructure, additional load on an aging grid, PSPS events or reliability of carbon-free electricity production (based on the CA target to be carbon neutral by 2045); as if all the problems would solve themselves.

      Now, add in the zero-emission transit bus requirements in the Innovative Clean Transit rule, the Zero-emission Airport Shuttle Bus rule, the light duty ZEV sales requirements and the forthcoming (2021 or 2022) HD fleet ZEV purchase rules and you will see that the problem will become much worse in the next decade. Additionally, you can fully expect CARB to issue rules requiring a transition to zero-emission off-road vehicles and maritime vessels in port in the next couple of years (I believe development of the latter may be fully underway, or possibly finalized).

      Now, I am actually fully supportive of the decarbonization effort and the resultant criteria emissions (NOx and particulate matter) reductions, but a failure to invest in the grid will not help the ZEV markets to become viable or mature the technology and will impose huge burdens, costs and risks on residential and other commercial utility customers. Yes, CA provided approximately $800M in greenhouse gas cap and trade funds to PG&E and SoCal Edison to incentivize HD ZEV charging infrastructure, but this does not include improvements upstream from the charging sites.

      So, I urge you to stay informed and understand that public input in the rule making process is your right and is required to be taken by the CA Administrative Procedures Act. Get involved!

      • Death before Prius. When the power goes out, no electric vehicles will run. Does anyone see the news? Our PGE power grid, as are all power grids in the US, are totally vulnerable to being disabled by a .30 caliber rifle, was on PBS recently. On Discovery, a large substation in New Jersey was set on fire by an old transformer going bad, creating a big blue light. A scientist re enacted the event in a lab. In Texas, there are no state taxes, in Calif, state taxes are 13% of your check. Why? Because in Texas, they extract their energy and sell it, providing the state with plenty of money to run without placing a financial burden on their citizens. In California, the tax rate is high because we don’t. Children in Calif go without, in Texas, they have a better life, have more food, more stuff. In Texas, eggs are $.68 cents a dozen, in Calif, $3.00, milk in Texas $1.61 a gallon, in Calif, $3.00 a half gallon. In Texas, gas is less then $2.00 a gallon, in Calif, $3.00 a gallon. Calif democrat polititions hurt children and the poor. Republican Texas polititions help their children and their poor.

        • “Republican Texas polititions (sic) help their children and their poor.“

          I have spent quite a lot of time in Texas and the air pollution from coal-fired plants spewing sulfur and other toxins was well above safe limits in many places (Texas fought against additional sulfur standards on power plants) and the poverty in many places is rampant. Sorry, but politicians anywhere and of any party only look after themselves.

        • Plus, I gotta wonder, if everyone had electric cars, and it takes a minimum of 15 minutes to charge up at a charging station, instead of 5 minutes at a gas station, won’t there be long lines of people waiting to plug in? Everyone using their credit cards. So the gov’t can track you, like they track your cell phone. And if the juice is coming from the grid, they can set electricity prices to whatever they want, since there will be no competition like there is now with gas. People think they can just charge their cars with solar, but the amperage required is way beyond what most solar systems could provide. Hey, what ever happened to hydrogen fuel cells?

          • H2 is part of the push to zero-emissions, but the technology is not fully mature, is more expensive and, more importantly, the H2 infrastructure will take many years to install. For longer range applications we expect fuel cells to become viable mid to late this decade.

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