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July 9, 2024: Job opening for senior energy policy analyst

We are seeking an experienced professional with an energy policy, energy markets, and/or electric power background to join our offshore wind energy team. The candidate selected for this position will help lead offshore wind research and analysis, with a focus on energy policy, electricity markets, and/or grid integration of offshore wind energy. The Schatz Center is a leader in research and policy analysis related to offshore wind development on the U.S. West Coast. Our dynamic team works closely with state and federal policy makers, and the analysis carried out through this position has potential to help shape policy and regulatory strategy. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The first round of review will be based on applications received by Thursday, August 8, 2024 at 5 pm (Pacific). Download the full job announcement

May 29, 2024: Powering campus resilience

A new solar microgrid designed by the Schatz Center is expected to be up and running at Cal Poly Humboldt by fall 2025. The microgrid will be a solar+battery system with 2.1 megawatts of AC solar and a 5.8 megawatt battery with 11.6 megawatt-hours of energy storage capacity. This will allow the campus to stay independently powered on clean energy for up to two days, depending on weather conditions.

Read more about the campus microgrid system…

May 14, 2024:  Introducing the POWC…

The Pacific Offshore Wind Consortium (POWC) is a joint effort between three research centers: the Schatz Energy Research Center at Cal Poly Humboldt, the Pacific Marine Energy Center at Oregon State University, and the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Together, these universities are housed in and support the coastal communities in California and Oregon which are anticipated to host floating offshore wind development. The POWC (pronounced pow-sea) will enable universities, host communities, and Tribal nations to share resources, co-develop best practices, and design comprehensive research programs that reflect the dynamic nature of the ocean environment and the diversity of community perspectives.

The consortium will advance three pillars: (i) research and innovation, (ii) university-level workforce education and professional development, and (iii) community and Tribal engagement and knowledge exchange.

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