The proposed wind farm at the Monument and Bear River ridges could generate about 400 GWh annually, which is equivalent to nearly half of Humboldt County’s electricity use. Anticipated project features include a significant contribution to north coast renewable energy generation and to California’s clean energy mandate; creation of local green jobs and technical expertise; and Humboldt Bay development. Concerns raised include impacts on bat and bird deaths; tree removal; effects on sites with cultural and ecological significance to Native American Tribes; erosion and sedimentation from sub-river drilling and road expansion; visual impacts; light and noise pollution; and traffic congestion.
This session provides an opportunity to discuss possibilities for wind energy development in Humboldt County, through a panel representing a diverse set of perspectives.
- Lori Biondini, Director of Business Development & Planning, Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA)
- Adam Canter, Botanist, Wiyot Tribe
- Nathan Vajdos, Senior Director for Wind Development, Terra-Gen, LLC
- Tom Wheeler, Executive Director, Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)
- Donna Wright, President/CEO of the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce
Schatz Center Director Arne Jacobson will moderate the evening’s talk.
Please note that this is a Wednesday. The event begins at 5:30 pm, and will be held in Founders Hall 118.
Sustainable Futures Speaker Series
Our visiting speaker series stimulates interdisciplinary collaboration around issues related to energy, the environment, and society. All lectures are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by the Schatz Center, the Environment & Community graduate program, and the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Humboldt State.
Fall 2019 lectures will be held on Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in Founders Hall 118.