Background and OverviewThe Federal government has established goals of deploying 30 GW of offshore wind energy by the year 2030 and 110+ GW of offshore wind by 2050. The State of California has established goals of deploying 5 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030 and 25 GW of offshore wind energy by 2045. Per the studies linked below that have been published by the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and the California Energy Commission, major port development throughout California will be required in order for the Federal/State goals to be realized. The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District (District) is developing the Humboldt Bay Offshore Wind Heavy Lift Multipurpose Marine Terminal (“Project”) to support offshore wind energy development. For more detailed background information regarding offshore wind and the District’s proposed project, see the videos linked below.
Project Specific Community Engagement StrategyThe District is committed to open and meaningful community engagement processes throughout the project development process. The District is implementing a “Community Engagement Strategy” which can be found by clicking here.
The Community Engagement Strategy: outlines the purposes of the Project; identifies the District’s objectives related to community engagement; determines the internal criteria that the District will utilize to evaluate impacts, equity, and engagement throughout the life of the project; lists anticipated categories and examples of interests groups, interested parties, and affected communities; lists planned future public meetings; and lists meetings that have occurred to date.
Videos and PresentationsThe Harbor District is committed to sharing project-specific information with local residents, stakeholders, interested parties, and affected communities. Providing pre-recorded video presentations is one of the many ways the District is sharing information. The number of videos released will grow over time, with some videos linked below and some planned videos to come.
- Videos can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/@humboldtbayharbordistrict
Pending videos to be released in the future (not necessarily listed in anticipated chronological order:
- Introduction to Offshore Wind: Why, Who, How, Where, and When (1 hour version)
- Introduction to Offshore Wind (10 minute version)
- Summary of Humboldt Bay Harbor District’s Project
- Bay-wide Master Planning for Offshore Wind
Draft and Conceptual Project Descriptions, Concept Maps, and Visual SimulationsDraft project descriptions, conceptual maps, and visual simulations of the proposed project will be provided as they become available. Note that project descriptions, figures, and simulations provided here do not represent final products and are merely conceptual at this stage:
- Preliminary overview of Humboldt Bay, including general project site, Federal Navigation Channel, Candidate Sites for Wet Storage, and Coastal Dependent Lands
- 2021 Conceptual Master Plan for the Humboldt Bay Offshore Wind and Heavy Lift Marine Terminal Project
- CEQA Notice of Preparation Project Description
Tentative schedule to be linked here in the future:
- Visual simulations of project (tentatively scheduled to be linked in late 2023 or early 2024)
- CEQA related map figures (tentatively scheduled to be linked in late 2023 or early 2024)
Public MeetingsThe Harbor District will be periodically hosting public meetings regarding offshore wind. The District Board of Commissioners holds a regularly-scheduled public meeting at 6:00 PM on the second Thursday of each month. Occasionally, the Board also meets for additional special meetings at other times as announced. Regular and special Board meetings frequently include discussions regarding offshore wind. Members of the public and interested parties are welcome to attend open Board meetings. Agendas and information regarding Board meetings can be found here: https://humboldtbay.org/. Planned and past meetings are outlined below:
- Past meetings: See Community Engagement Strategy linked above.
- Date pending: Community workshop regarding District’s offshore wind port project.
- Date pending: Public Hearing on Draft EIR.
- Date pending: Public Hearing on Final EIR.
- Other public meetings are likely; dates/titles are to be determined and then published on this webpage.
Involvement of Interest Groups, Interested Parties, and Affected CommunitiesThe Harbor District anticipates that this project will be of interest to many different categories of interested parties and affected communities. In addition to the general public meetings outlined above, the District has been and will continue to host meetings with interest groups, interested parties, and affected communities. These include, but are not limited to:
- Tribal governments identified by the Native American Heritage Commission as the Tribes with whom the District should communicate regarding this project, as well as other Tribal governments in the general region that request to be informed and provide input on the project.
- Individuals/businesses related to fishing/aquaculture and various fishing related groups/organizations.
- Individuals and associations of residents that live near the project site.
- Property owners that are neighbors to the project site.
- Individuals/businesses that own properties, docks, wharfs, and/or shipping facilities adjacent to or within Humboldt Bay.
- Individual business owners and business-advocacy organizations (such as Chambers of Commerce, Humboldt Builders Exchange, etc).
- Labor unions, labor advocacy organizations, and labor/business-support NGOs (such as Operating Engineers, ILWU, etc).
- Environmental, conservation, and recreational advocacy NGOs (such as Baykeeper, Surfrider, and EPIC).
- Local/regional advocacy Non-Governmental-Organizations (NGOs), non-profits, and community organizations (such as the Peninsula Community Collaborative and CoreHub).
- Other NGOs and non-profits.
- Nearby jurisdictions and government entities (such as County of Humboldt, City of Eureka, and Special Districts).
- Local, State, and Federal governmental agencies (regulatory/permitting agencies, utility providers, funding agencies, and other government agencies)
- Local, State, and Federal elected officials
- Educational organizations/institutions
- Private citizens
- Private development companies, offshore wind development companies, etc.
- Other west coast ports
Available Studies, Reports, and Other Public DocumentsPublicly available studies, reports, and other documents will be hosted here as they become available. Currently available documents:
- General sources of relevant literature:
- Coastal Commission staff report Th8a-4-2022 regarding Consistency Determination for BOEM offshore wind lease areas
- Preliminary Assessment of Economic Benefits of Offshore Wind: Related to Seaport Investments and Workforce Development
- California Energy Commission AB 525 Reports: Offshore Renewable Energy
- A Supply Chain Road Map for Offshore Wind Energy in the United States, NREL Technical Report (2023)
Pending project specific documents to be released in the future (not necessarily listed in anticipated chronological order):
- Project Basis of Design Report
- Mitigation Strategy Report
Environmental Processes and PermittingThe District will be preparing a CEQA EIR, a NEPA document, and several permits throughout 2023 and 2024. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.
- CEQA NOP for Humboldt Bay Offshore Wind Heavy Lift Multipurpose Marine Terminal Project
- Notice of Extended Comment Period for the Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Humboldt Bay Offshore Wind Heavy Lift Multipurpose Marine Terminal Project (SCH No. 2023060752)