Webinar Series on Potential for Offshore Wind Energy on CA's North Coast

The Schatz Center is holding a series of five webinars titled Exploring the Feasibility of Offshore Wind Energy for the California North Coast.

The series is based on analysis led by the Schatz Center, working collaboratively with multiple partners. The first event is on Monday, September 14, and the series will run for five consecutive Mondays, through October 12. Webinars will begin at 2 pm (Pacific), and will be live streamed and captioned.

Starting about 20 miles from shore, California's north coast and southern Oregon have the strongest wind resource in the continental United States. Development of this enormous resource could contribute significantly to California’s climate change mitigation and clean energy goals while also contributing substantially to economic and job development on the north coast. At the same time, a range of issues including environmental impacts, geologic hazards, economic viability, infrastructure needs, cultural resources, and conflicts with existing activities must be carefully examined and collaboratively addressed if development of the resource is to be realized. Our team's research over the past 18 months has focused on characterizing the opportunity as well as the challenges associated with offshore wind in the region.

The schedule for the series is as follows. 
- Monday, September 14: Energy Production and Delivery, and Economic Development (presenters: Arne Jacobson and Mark Severy)
- Monday, September 21: Ecological and Geological Environment (presenters: Sharon Kramer, Scott Terrill, Mark Hemphill-Haley)
- Monday, September 28: Port and Coastal Infrastructure (presenters: Aaron Porter, Shane Phillips)
- Monday, October 5: Community Perspectives on Regional Impacts and Opportunities (presenter: Laurie Richmond)
- Monday, October 12: Reflections and Next Steps (presenters: Arne Jacobson and agency representatives)

Registration for all events is now open at schatzcenter.org/wind.

Each session will include presentations by our team, moderated discussions with invited expert panelists, and audience Q&A, along with opening remarks from leaders with an interest in offshore wind such as Congressman Jared Huffman and California Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas.

Production of this five-part webinar series is supported by the Ocean Protection Council of the California Natural Resources Agency. The research was funded by the Ocean Protection Council, the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
We hope you will consider joining for one or more of the sessions.