Wind Power in Humboldt County — a panel discussion on the proposed Terra-Gen Wind Generation Project

In this Sustainable Futures Speakers Series event, a panel representing a diverse set of perspectives will discuss possibilities for wind energy development in Humboldt County. The proposed wind farm at the Monument and Bear River ridges could generate about 500 GWh annually, which is equivalent to approximately 60% of Humboldt County’s electricity use. Anticipated project features include a significant contribution to north coast renewable energy generation and to California’s clean energy mandate; creation of local green jobs and technical expertise; and Humboldt Bay development. Concerns raised include impacts on bat and bird deaths; tree removal; effects on sites with cultural and ecological significance to Native American Tribes; erosion and sedimentation from sub-river drilling and road expansion; visual impacts; light and noise pollution; and traffic congestion. The panel includes Lori Biondini, Adam Canter, Nathan Vajdos, Tom Wheeler, and Donna Wright, and will be moderated by Schatz Center Director Arne Jacobson. Lori Biondini is the Director of Business Development & Planning, Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA). Adam Canter is a Botanist with the Wiyot Tribe. Nathan Vajdos is the Senior Director for Wind Development at Terra-Gen, LLC. Tom Wheeler is the Executive Director at the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC). Donna Wright is the President/CEO of the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce. The panel discussion will take place at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 6th in Founders Hall 118 on the HSU campus. For more information, call 826-4345 or visit schatzcenter.org/speakers.