By Luke Ramseth, The Times-Standard:
Two local energy groups released a plan today to meet most of Humboldt County’s electricity, transportation, and heating needs with renewable resources by 2030.
The plan, called RePower Humboldt Strategic Plan, was developed over two and a half years by the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University and the Redwood Coast Energy Authority. The plan was funded by a $200,000 grant from the California Energy Commission, said Schatz research engineer Jim Zoellick.
The plan recommends increasing energy efficiency in the county, in addition to increasing wind, wave, hydropower, and biomass energy development, and creating more infrastructure for electric cars. It also examines potential costs and job impacts… Read more