CORE Hub Feb. 7 Newsletter

With the arrival of February, we’re renewing our dedication to partnering with stakeholders to amplify community voices, empower Tribal leadership, and bolster climate resilience on all things offshore wind development. Included below are important updates, upcoming events, and ways you can contribute to advancing our efforts.

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION AND LEADERSHIP

TODAY – Thursday, Feb. 8th | Humboldt Bay Harbor District Board of Commissioners

Location: 601 Startare Drive, Eureka | 6 pm PT 

Board Meeting Agenda Packet 

The District has two OSW related items on their agenda for today. The first relates to ongoing negotiations with Crowley Wind Services, which takes place in closed session (this is an ongoing agenda item). The second is the monthly wind terminal status update – Item 10.a) Receive Status Update regarding the Humboldt Bay Offshore Wind Heavy Lift Marine Terminal Project. Future agenda items include MMIP and modeling of offshore wind turbines.

Check out the recent conversation Jen Kalt and Tom Wheeler had on the EcoNews Report with District Executive Director Chris Mikkelsen about the wind terminal project and recent award of $426 million by the Department of Transportation for the project.

For more information, view the District’s proposal for the grant and the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the grant program.

TODAY- Thursday Feb. 8th | Humboldt Aquaculture Symposium 

Location: Sapphire Palace Event Center at Blue Lake Rancheria | 9am – 5pm

Register Here

Acknowledging the distinctive marine resources of Humboldt County, which warrant preservation for future generations, the first-ever Humboldt Aquaculture Symposium endeavors to foster idea exchange, showcase ongoing initiatives, pinpoint obstacles and prospects, relay triumphs, and embrace varied viewpoints regarding local aquaculture. 

2nd Annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Summit & Day of Action 

Location: Hyatt Centric Downtown Sacramento | 1122 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 

Monday, Feb. 12 – Tuesday, Feb. 13th | Register Here

The event aims to unite tribal leaders, MMIP survivors, victim advocates, state lawmakers, federal partners, law enforcement officials, and academic researchers to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous People (MMIP) in California. The Summit’s core objective is to amplify the voices of California’s missing and murdered Indigenous People and their families, addressing their invisibility within the state. Scheduled to be held at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento, CA, USA, this in-person gathering seeks to foster collaboration and identify solutions to halt this ongoing crisis.

2024 Tribal Clean Energy Summit | Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs 

Location: Pechanga Resort Casino | 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592

Monday, Feb. 26 – Wednesday, Feb. 28 | Register here by Feb. 16th  

Every couple of years, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy, in conjunction with other DOE divisions, brings together Tribal Leaders, energy stakeholders, and experts to discuss and advance energy infrastructure development for Tribal communities. This gathering serves as a platform for collaboration among Tribal Leaders, federal agencies, state governments, private industry, utilities, and academia to explore innovative solutions, support Tribal sovereignty, and build networks.

Through a partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures, these summits aim to foster dialogue and exchange ideas. While the discounted room block is fully booked, rooms can still be reserved at the resort’s standard online rate.

PEIS Deadline for Public Comment – Tuesday, Feb 20th.           

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued a Notice of Preparation for a California Offshore Wind Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), which means that environmental review of the two wind energy lease areas offshore of Humboldt is now underway. The deadline to submit comments is Tuesday, Feb 20th.

There is BOEM scoping meeting tomorrow 2/8/24 at 5:00 pm. Click here to register via Zoom.

CORE Hub Update | Working Meeting  

Friday, Feb. 9th from 1 – 2 pm 

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued a Notice of Preparation for a California Offshore Wind Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), which means that environmental review of the two wind energy lease areas offshore of Humboldt is now underway. The deadline to submit comments is Tuesday, Feb 20th.

We’re collaborating with partners to create a joint sign-on letter and a customizable template letter for your organization’s use. Send us your questions or content, and if you’re open to us incorporating it into a collective set of comments, please share it with us or provide an estimated timeline for when it’ll be available. A draft should be ready on Friday. 

AB 525 – Public Comment Deadline | March 22nd 

CORE Hub is working with partners and policy consultants to draft comments, advocate for the CEC to hold a workshop, and outline next steps. We’ll be scheduling working sessions to collaboratively develop priorities for the comment letter and related advocacy strategy. Stay tuned!

  • Other State Process: 
    • CEC has scheduled a staff workshop to present the inputs and assumptions for the Senate Bill (SB) 100 electricity supply system model on Feb 16 from 9 am – 12pm. Click here to join the Zoom meeting. The workshop accepts oral comments.
      • SB mandates CARB, CEC, PUC, and CAISO to conduct an ongoing assessment of barriers and opportunities to achieve the 2045 goal. CEC is the lead agency in updating the initial report, released in 2021, every four years. CEC has initiated the process for updating the report, with a target completion date in 2025.

NEWS AND UPDATES

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