2021 Quick Start Grant Recipients
Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) will expand outreach and electrification support to rural and Native American communities in Humboldt County that currently rely on unregulated fuels and now qualify for TECH incentives.
Users of non-regulated fuels such as propane, kerosene, fuel oil, diesel and cordwood have typically been ineligible for energy efficiency or fuel-switching incentives. While these excluded customers are within gas service territory, they have never been connected to the gas system and are thus ineligible incentives funded by and open only to utility ratepayers. These customers, who tend to be more rural, isolated, and lower income than average, are subject to higher fuel costs, adverse health impacts from poorer indoor air quality, and more difficulties in acquiring and maintaining adequate supply of fuel.
RCEA will combine TECH equipment rebates, additional rebates from internal funds, and new community outreach staff and resources to encourage customers in rural and remote communities, many of which correspond with Tribal lands and off-reservation land with significant Native American populations. The goal is to motivate 20 heat pump installations during the grant period.
Theory of Change
RCEA is a founding member of the statewide Rural Hard-to-Reach Working Group; lessons learned from this project, including a plan for future funding, will be shared with this group to facilitate similar projects assisting rural customers throughout California.
Single-family, including mobile homes
Mini-split ASHP and HPWH
(RCEA service territory)