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Climate and Clean Energy webinar series

Join us @ 5:30 pm on November 3 for our next webinar series event! Gabrielle Wong-Parodi of Stanford University will describe her work with the SF Bay Area’s Our Communities, Our Bay research project, and Preparing frontline communities for climate disruption: Lessons from community-embedded research.

Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid

Thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate completion of the Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid!

Watch the June 22 celebration video…

Transmission alternatives for California north coast offshore wind

On May 25 we presented a webinar on our latest feasibility study for offshore wind development in the Humboldt Wind Energy Area. This transmission-focused study analyzes how much power could be generated on the north coast by offshore wind while remaining within the bounds of the existing regional infrastructure, and describes the corresponding economics.

Download the reports and slide decks, or watch the webinar video…

How the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard could use garbage to pay for electric vehicles

In the latest issue of Energy Policy, we examine the potential for the United States to support turning waste streams into renewable resources — yielding revenue that could be used to subsidize electric vehicle sales and to support other transportation sector environmental and equity goals.

Read the paper here…

Overlooked emissions from woody biomass storage

Combustion of biomass for electricity production is a pathway for utilizing woody residues that would otherwise be considered waste. Woody residues are often stored in large piles prior to combustion, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from this storage phase are understudied and often assumed to be negligible. In a recent study, we investigated the effects of temperature, oxygen concentration, and moisture content on GHG emissions during decomposition of woody biomass. Under all treatment conditions, methane was detected in concentrations above ambient levels, indicating that woody biomass storage conditions are conducive to anaerobic decomposition.

Read the paper here…

Our projects in the news

HUMBOLDT NOW | June 2022
Collaborating for a clean energy future

2021 EPIC Highlights

ENERGYTECH Mission Critical Microgrid Series | May 2022
The Redwood Coast Airport and Coast Guard Microgrid

Microgrids for a 21st century grid

California’s Electricity System of the Future

Think a Land War in Asia is Hard? Try Developing This Microgrid, a First Ever for California and Model for Elsewhere

PG&E Launches Community Microgrid Program

PG&E | 3/17/21
PG&E Testing Innovative DER Management System with Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid

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