Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Wednesday, Feb. 28 @ 3:30 p.m. / Community, Economy, Environment

Offshore Wind Energy Panel Discussion To Focus On Potential Impacts, Benefits For Del Norte County

An organization called Community Partners has gathered a panel of experts to discuss offshore wind energy and how it may affect Del Norte County this weekend.

Saturday’s discussion aims to inform Del Norters about the lease areas the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management established off the North Coast. Attendees will learn about the technology, leasing process and environmental review process as well as the potential positive and negative impacts of offshore wind.

Panelists will discuss the projects planned for Humboldt County and potential job opportunities for residents in both communities. There will also be discussions regarding the potential impact to Del Norte’s commercial fisheries.

The discussion comes as the Crescent City Council and Crescent City Harbor District are at odds with the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors over whether supporting or pursuing offshore wind generation activities should be part of the Tri-Agency Economic Development Authority’s joint powers agreement.

Community Partners is also seeking questions from attendees. To participate, click here.

Panelists include Lisa Gilbane, BOEM environmental analysis section chief; Tom Wheeler, executive director and staff attorney at the Environmental Protection Information Center; Alec Dompka, economic development advisor for the UC Cooperative Extension; Keith Taylor, professor with the U.C. Cooperative Extension; and Crescent City Harbor Commissioner Wes White.

The Resilient Energy Information Series will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Crescent City, 664 H Street in Crescent City. For more information, email


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