Rampion offshore wind farm in the U.K. | Photo by Nicholas Doherty on Unsplash

Redwood Community Action Agency release: 

Offshore wind energy development is coming to the north coast! What comes to mind when you hear about offshore wind energy development happening in your backyard? Integral Consulting, collaborating with Redwood Community Action Agency, H.T. Harvey and Associates, and other partners, are working to empower local communities with information and tools to understand the impacts that offshore wind energy development will have. We are holding a workshop soon and hope you will participate!

This project will use community input to design digital interactive tools to help the public understand the social and environmental effects and potential conflicts of wind energy development. These community-driven tools will inform the marine renewable energy planning and development process and show possible mitigation strategies. The features of these apps will convey useful information, such as displaying areas ideal for turbine placement to reduce harm to seabirds during their migration or showing what months are best for construction to minimize impacts on marine animals. Our goal is to work with residents to develop easy-to-use digital tools that promote meaningful engagement, shared knowledge, and informed decision- making for California’s future marine renewable energy projects.

The first in a series of two workshops will be held on September 29th, 2022, at the Eureka Woman’s Club. This “CStories” workshop will explain the next steps for California offshore wind energy development, create space for conversations about this emerging development, and provide a chance to see available data and how it can be used. Input will be used to develop new interactive tools that will be shared in a follow-up workshop early in 2023. Please join us on Thursday, September 29th, 2022, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Eureka Woman’s Club.

Please RSVP by Friday, September 23, 2022, at this link to let us know if you will be able to attend the CStories workshop. We also encourage you to take our survey (5-10 min) prior to the event – the survey can be found here. This survey will help us to understand participants’ existing knowledge about wind energy so that we can provide the best experience for you at the event! For more information about this event, please contact Chris Lohoefener by emailing chrisl@rcaa.org.

Offshore wind development is a complex issue, with many concerns regarding how development occurs. We need your input to develop the most effective and relevant tools for education, communication, and conflict resolution. We appreciate your participation!