Energy Committee

Regular Meetings
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • 3rd Monday of each month, or at the call of the Chair, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Arcata City Council Chamber
Members
  • George Williamson, Chair Term: 2018
  • Ruthanne Cecil Term: 2017
  • Melanie Faust Term: 2017
  • Mike Kowalski Term: 2017
  • Gwelen Paliaga Term: 2016


  • Mahayla Slackerelli Term: 2018
  • Jim Zoellick Term: 2016
  • Staff Liaison: Julie Neander, Environmental Services

Overview
The Energy Committee was established in 2000 by the adoption of Ordinance No. 1305, which was amended in 2005 by Ordinance No. 1352. The Committee's primary function is to make recommendations and provide information to the City Council and Commissions regarding energy efficiency, energy conservation and conversion to greener energy sources. The Energy Committee’s powers and duties are outlined in Arcata Municipal Code Sections 2260 to 2263.

The Energy Committee shall consist of seven members who shall be selected for their interest, knowledge or experience in energy usage, conservation, regulation and/or generation. Of the seven members, five must live within Arcata City limits and two may live or work in the Arcata Planning Area. See current vacancies and residency qualifications.

Powers & Duties
The powers and duties of the Energy Committee are as specified in the Arcata Municipal Code, Sections 2260 to 2263. These powers and duties are outlined as follows:
A. To study, evaluate and make recommendations to the City Council, Commissions or City staff as appropriate regarding energy efficiency, energy conservation and conversion to greener energy sources within the community.

B. To study, evaluate and provide energy information, education and program administration to the City Council, Commissions or City staff as appropriate.

C. To advise the City Council, Commissions or City staff as appropriate on energy considerations in City planning and regulation.

D. To advise the City Council, Commissions or City staff as appropriate on the potential ways for the City to generate its own energy.

Annual Reports to the City Council
Annually the Energy Committee gives Energy Reports to the City Council.