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Offshore wind energy presents enormous potential to help meet California’s 100% clean electricity target. The wind resource beyond Humboldt Bay is among the best in the nation, with wind speeds often exceeding 10 meters per second at 90 meters above the ocean’s surface — and even faster at heights around 120 meters, where turbines would likely be centered. Offshore wind speeds are fairly steady across seasons and throughout the day, providing stable energy generation.

To develop wind generation off California’s north coast would require harbor and transmission upgrades, and careful siting and design based on environmental and geological constraints and consideration of the resource needs of current stakeholders including fisheries, local tribes, and the US military.

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Fall 2020 Webinar Series

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Exploring the Feasibility of Offshore Wind Energy for the CA North Coast

This fall, our team hosted a series of five webinar workshops on the feasibility of offshore wind energy development on California’s north coast.

In each webinar, we shared topical findings from our recently conducted studies, followed by a moderated panel discussion, and then a community Q&A.

Video recordings from all five webinars are now available — see links for each event below. We’ve also posted all of the event agendas as well as some of the slide decks, and should have the remaining material available shortly.


Monday, September 14
Energy Production and Delivery, and Economic Development

Monday, September 21
Ecological and Geological Environment

Monday, September 28
Port and Coastal Infrastructure

Monday, October 5
Community Perspectives on Regional Impacts and Opportunities

Monday, October 19
Reflections and Next Steps


Production of this five-part offshore wind webinar series was 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. 

Our project studies

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2019-2020 studies

In 2019, our team began conducting a range of studies to assess the feasibility of offshore wind development for the region off Humboldt Bay, California. These initial studies included energy generation and transmission; economics and job development; port and coastal infrastructure; environmental and geological systems; and community needs and goals for shared ocean resources.

Our first set of (24) reports are available for download on our reports and publications page.

New and upcoming studies

Our Seabird 3D study is underway, with initial results anticipated in summer 2021.


Current collaborators on our offshore wind studies include ecological consultants from H.T. Harvey and Associates, coastal engineering specialists from Mott MacDonald, Pacific Gas & Electric, and faculty in the Geology, Economics, and Environmental Science & Management departments at Humboldt State.

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