Where to place the WaveConnect pilot project?

From Bill Lydgate, representing Humboldt Surfrider’s interest on PG&E’s WaveConnect Working Group:

The agenda for the first meeting includes the item, “Input on Site Selection.”
I would like to get input from the larger surf community before the HWG process goes much further.
Some folks are leaning towards supporting the northern end of the study area, potentially placing the Samoa Spit and N Jetty in the project “shadow” from prevailing NW swells.
I assume the majority of the surf community wants the project to have as little effect as possible on the surf of the Samoa Spit, Jetties and Entrance.  This might lead one to support placing the project to the far south of the project area (sorry, Centerville!).

Thoughts? Please discuss in the comment section! We need your input.

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PG&E WaveConnect update, public workshops

From PG&E WaveConnect rep Ian Caliendo:

I am writing to let you know about the status of the PG&E WaveConnect wave energy study project. The proposed project is to develop a small-scale pilot project that would allow several wave energy technologies to provide power to the coastal communities while demonstrating the potential for this clean renewable energy resource.To kick things off, we will be holding public workshops in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties as the first of a series of public involvement meetings for the proposed pilot project. The workshops will be in an open house format, providing an opportunity for the public to learn about the proposed pilot project, ask questions of the project team staff, and learn about how to get involved. Continue reading

Wave Energy forum success!

The first-ever informational community forum hosted by Surfrider Foundation’s Humboldt Chapter succeeded! I don’t know exactly how many people showed up, but I’m guessing over 70. Standing room only! Our volunteer Paige let latecomers know how crowded it was and that the video would be available online, but still, people squeezed in and stayed. (And, yes, we expect to have video online by the end of the week, thanks to KSLG’s John Matthews.) Kalei, as usual, kept everything rolling along perfectly, this time with crudités, cookies and coffee.

The T-S did not show, but the McKinleyville Press and Eco-News did. Also, four members of the Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers showed up. One of them, Larry De Ridder, wrote a summary on their website here.

County Supervisors Mark Lovelace and Clif Clendenen showed up. So did Arcata City Councilmember Michael Winkler. Maggy Herbelin of Humboldt Bay Stewards was there. Humboldt Baykeeper Exec Director Pete Nichols came. President of the Redwood Regional Audubon Society Ken Burton attended.

Four members of the Mendocino chapter came up for the event, as well! (And scored waves three times on their trip!)

Thanks so much to everyone who showed up, helped out and otherwise made the Wave Energy Forum a success! Special thanks to Pete Stauffer, Surfrider‘s Oregon Field Policy Coordinator, Ian Caliendo, PG&E, Jim Hastreiter, FERC, Peter Nelson, HT Harvey & Assoc. and HSU economist Steve Hackett. Also, thanks to DFG environmental scientist Vicki Frey, who wanted to be there, but was prevented due to the mandatory state worker furlough situation.

Stayed tuned for updates and further information. (We recommend subscribing via Google Reader.)

Wave Energy forum this Saturday!

Wave Energy and Humboldt County, an informational community forum hosted by Surfrider Foundation’s Humboldt Chapter, takes place Saturday, Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Humboldt Area Foundation.

The first hour will consist of presentations by:

Ian Caliendo, PG&E

Jim Hastreiter, FERC

Peter Nelson, HG Harvey & Assoc.

Peter Stauffer, Surfrider Oregon Field Policy Coordinator

Following the presentations, we’ll take a 10-minute break to collect questions and allow people a chance to partake in refreshments.

We’ll resume with a moderated Q&A panel including Ian, Jim and Peter Stauffer, plus HSU economist Steve Hackett and DFG environmental scientist Vicki Frey.

Of interest in recent local news

Evergreen Pulp hit with another big fine

Wave energy effort nets big state funds

(Don’t forget: We’re hosting a Wave Energy community forum, Saturday, Feb. 21! Watch the blog for details.)

HSU hosts sustainability leadership conference

Wave energy forum SET

Surfrider Foundation’s Humboldt Chapter hosts an informational wave energy forum for the community. Experts and stakeholders representing a variety of viewpoints and knowledge will present, discuss and answer questions regarding projects planned off the North Coast.

Saturday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m., Hotel Arcata conference room. Further details soon.

Wave power put to the test in Monterey Bay

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

The 60-foot Velocity motored out of Santa Cruz harbor Monday afternoon under mostly sunny skies. On deck was an apprehensive crew — scientists with research group SRI International of Menlo Park, observers from the Department of Energy and financiers with the Tokyo-based Hyper Drive Corp.

As the boat began to bob up and down after clearing the breakwater, and the stomachs of those with weaker constitutions began to churn, the day’s mission became all the more clear: to see the wave motion go to work making electricity.

Read the rest here.


Reminder: We’re planning an informational community forum on wave energy for Saturday, Feb. 12.