Schatz Energy Research Center

Dear community,

We are currently taking active measures to help slow the spread of coronavirus infections. As part of this effort, many members of our team are working from off-site locations. If you need to reach a staff member and do not have their direct email, please contact serc@humboldt.edu. We will be checking this account frequently. You can also leave a message on our voicemail, at 707-826-4345.

  • The North Coast Offshore Wind Workshop scheduled for April 28 has been postponed. Our team is investigating options for sharing our initial findings, while maintaining clarity, accessibility, and community engagement. Please RSVP if you’d like to receive information directly on these events.
  • We are currently working with partners to revise the Sustainable Futures Speaker Series for this semester. All onsite events have been canceled; several talks will be rescheduled for next fall or spring; and some speakers may be able to present via webinar. Stay tuned!
  • All site tours and educational events have been postponed until further notice.

Our current research

Schatz Energy News

Aerial image of south Humboldt Bay and its jetties, extending into the Pacific

POSTPONED — The North Coast Offshore Wind Workshop will present initial findings about the opportunities and challenges associated with offshore wind energy in the Humboldt Bay region…full article

A elder woman reads at a dining room table by solar light

Every two years, Lighting Global releases a comprehensive state of the industry analysis for off-grid solar. This document takes a deep dive into market dynamics and projections, and maps investment and policy opportunities…full article

Men sit near an array of generators

In partnership with the International Finance Corporation, we recently completed the first global report that describes the status of backup generator (BUGS) use in economically developing countries…full article

Our projects in the news

LOST COAST OUTPOST | 1/23/20
Terra-Gen Critics Said We Should Wait for Offshore Wind, But Will That Project Spark an Even Nastier Debate?

JEFFERSON PUBLIC RADIO | 1/14/20
California Reservation’s Solar Microgrid Provides Power During Utility Shutoffs

WASHINGTON POST | 1/1/2020
Amid shut-off woes, a beacon of energy

MICROGRID KNOWLEDGE | 12/19/19
Community Microgrids: Four Examples of Local Energy that Improves Lives

REASONS to be CHEERFUL | 12/7/19
Power struggle: In the haze of the California wildfires, a Native American tribe’s independent electricity grid saved the day. Is a new model for energy in America rising from the ashes?

MICROGRID KNOWLEDGE | 11/12/19
Airport Microgrid in Northern California Looks to Create Replicable Model

MICROGRID KNOWLEDGE | 11/11/19
Life Won Thanks to the Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid

ETH ZURICH | 11/6/19
Understanding the Scale of Back-up Generation in the Developing World

POPULAR SCIENCE | 10/21/19
How microgrids could protect California from blackouts during fire season

NORTH COAST JOURNAL | 10/17/19
Blackout

WIRED | 5/16/19
This Casino’s Microgrid Might Be the Future of Energy

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