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9/21 webinar: Ecological and geological setting — offshore wind feasibility studies

Please join us on Monday, September 21 from 2:00-4:30 pm (Pacific) for the second webinar in Exploring the Feasibility of Offshore Wind Energy for the California North Coast.

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We welcome participation in these events from a broad audience. Each session is free and open to the public. Closed-caption recordings will also be released following each webinar.

Today’s speakers

We will open with remarks from:

  • Mark Gold, Executive Director of the California Ocean Protection Council
  • Garry George, Clean Energy Director of the National Audubon Society / Power Working Group
  • Arne Jacobson, principal investigator on our offshore wind feasibility studies, and Director of the Schatz Center

Sharon Kramer and Scott Terrill of H.T. Harvey will then share their findings on the ecological setting which could be impacted by offshore wind farm development on the north coast. H.T. Harvey is a project partner on our offshore wind feasibility studies, including the environmental inventory shared today, and the Seabird 3D study currently in development. (Download the environmental report or learn more about Seabird 3D.)

Next, Mark Hemphill-Haley will describe the geological environment of this region. Mark is a Professor of Geology at Humboldt State and a project partner on our feasibility studies. (The geological report will be published soon.)

We will then hear from five panelists:

  • Tom Wheeler, Executive Director of EPIC
  • David M Pereksta, Avian Biologist at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Brandon Southall, President and Senior Scientist at Southall Environmental Associates, Inc. and Research Associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Andrea Copping, Senior Research Scientist for the Coastal Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Aaron Porter, Senior Project Engineer for the Coastal Division, at Mott MacDonald

Panelist comments will be followed by a Q&A discussion, in which participants are invited to ask questions and share their insights on the feasibility of offshore wind for the California north coast.


Production of this five-part offshore wind webinar series is supported by the Ocean Protection Council of the California Natural Resources Agency. The research studies were funded by the California Ocean Protection Council, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. 

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