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10/5 webinar: Community Perspectives on Regional Impacts and Opportunities — offshore wind feasibility studies

Please join us on Monday, October 5 from 2:00-4:30 pm (Pacific) for the fourth 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.

Please visit our wind studies page for recordings and materials from the first three webinars.

Today’s speakers

We will open with remarks from:

  • Mike Wilson, 3rd District Supervisor, Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and North Coast Representative for the California Coastal Commission
  • Arne Jacobson, principal investigator on our offshore wind feasibility studies, and Director of the Schatz Center

Laurie Richmond, Associate Professor of Environmental Science & Management at HSU, will then share key findings from a north coast community perspectives analysis regarding the potential impacts and opportunities of offshore wind energy. This research was carried out from 2018-2020, and included interviews with community members as well as input from public meetings and workshops held during this period. The Schatz Center team also conducted a literature review of lessons learned from other communities around the world that have engaged with offshore wind.

Following the presentation, we will hear reflections from five panelists:

  • Mike Anderson, Commercial fisherman
  • Jana Ganion, Sustainability and Government Affairs Director for the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe
  • Jeff Hunerlach, District Representative, District 40, Operating Engineers Local #3
  • Harrison Ibach, President of the Humboldt Fishermen’s Marketing Association
  • Jennifer Savage, California Policy Manager for the Surfrider Foundation

Panelist comments will be followed by a discussion period in which participants are invited to share their questions and insights regarding the possibility of wind farm development in the Humboldt Bay region.


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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