Special to the Express
Valley Clean Energy announces the hiring of Sierra Huffman as its new program and community engagement analyst. VCE is the local electricity provider for the cities of Winters, Woodland and Davis as well as the unincorporated portions of Yolo County.
Huffman is responsible for developing and implementing programs, maintaining stakeholder relations, opening avenues for community engagement, and using analytical methodologies to educate and inform. With nearly two years of experience with community choice aggregators such as VCE, Huffman has brought relevant skill sets to the team.
Before joining VCE, she created greenhouse gas reduction measures for Humboldt County’s Climate Action Plan and established long-term planning goals for Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s Repower+. Much of her work focused on energy prices and rates, electric vehicle adoption, rooftop solar installations, and gas appliance retrofits.
She also completed an internship with Silicon Valley Clean Energy before coming to Yolo County.
“At VCE, I’ll be focusing on how we engage our customers and get the information out there so they are excited and want to participate in various programs,” Huffman said. “I’ll help them learn about VCE and be in better control of how they use energy.”
Huffman will also be implementing two VCE programs that are currently in the development phase. The first is an electric vehicle rebate that is designed to enhance the affordability of EVs, with VCE’s rebate for income-qualified buyers complementing other existing rebate options, she explained.
The second program offers rebates for the installation of dual-fuel residential heat pumps to provide heating and cooling, Huffman said. Under ideal conditions, a heat pump can transfer 300 percent more energy than it consumes. By contrast, a high-efficient gas furnace is about 90 percent efficient.
“If you’re replacing older or ill-functioning equipment, you’ll definitely have a cleaner household and high efficiency with updated electric technology,” she added.
Huffman has a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from Humboldt State University and is a certified LEED Green Associate. Originally from Auburn, she plans to move to Davis in January.
When she’s not promoting workable solutions to climate change challenges, Huffman enjoys hiking; she needs to climb only one more California mountain peak to reach her goal of summiting 12 throughout the state. Among her favorites are Pyramid Peak in the Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe and Clouds Rest in Yosemite.