Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

Alexander Cockburn is dead

July 21, 2012 88 comments

Radical journalist and Humboldt County resident Alexander Cockburn died of cancer last night in Germany. He was 71.

Here he is talking about “nuke-loving Greens and man-made global warming” outside his home in Petrolia last year.

Rare bird sighting on Bear River Ridge

April 19, 2012 23 comments

The Times-Standard headline reads Rare bird spotted in Humboldt today for the first time ever:

A sparrow-like bird called a Smith’s longspur was spotted today in Humboldt County, making it the first of its type to ever be recorded in the area.

Biologist Robert Hewitt said it’s not only the first bird of its kind to be recorded in the area, but that it’s the first one ever to be found during springtime in California.

”The birders are loving it,” Hewitt said.. ”It’s right here on the flat open prairies of Bear River ridge.”

Bear River Ridge has also been in the news lately as the place where mega oil corporation Shell wants to develop a wind farm with 25 turbines.

[Image source. More images of the Smith’s Longspur (not in Humboldt) here.]

Bear River Ridge Wind Project on KMUD tonight

March 23, 2012 3 comments


Please join hosts, Robie Tenorio and Bonnie Blackberry, Friday night, March 23 from 7 – 8 pm when we will be discussing Shell Wind Energy’s Bear River Ridge Wind Project. Our guests will be Peter Lehman, who is the director at Schatz Energy Research Lab based on the HSU campus. And Collin Shepard who is a research engineer with Schatz Energy Research Labs. This will be a call in show.

Above is a 3D model created by the Schatz Energy Lab to show visibility of the project from various points including Ferndale, Loleta, Rio Dell and the Wildcat. Originally posted on the Humboldt Herald here.

You can find KMUD at or on your radio dial at:
91.1 in Southern Humboldt
88.1 in Northern Humboldt
90.3 in Northern Mendocino
99.5 in Shelter Cove

The Redwood Coast Energy Watch can help you save money on your next utility bill

March 19, 2012 26 comments

(Here’s a cool thing you might have missed.  Press Release below – H.).

Call the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) today to learn about the Free Energy Efficiency Services offered for your home 707-269-1700.

Energy technicians will identify opportunities for efficiency upgrades throughout your home and install Free devices with your approval.

  • Free Compact Fluorescent Lamps*
  • Free low-flow faucet aerator and showerheads*
  • Free hot water pipe insulation*

*Restrictions do apply- call for details

Learn about current energy efficiency rebates and financing for efficiency upgrades. Learn energy saving tips you can start using today.

Who is eligible? All renters and home owners in Humboldt County that are Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) customers are eligible.

Who is RCEA? The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is a Joint Powers Authority whose members include the County of Humboldt; the cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell, and Trinidad; and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. RCEA’s mission is to develop and implement sustainable energy initiatives that reduce energy demand, increase energy efficiency, and advance the use of clean, efficient, and renewable resources in the region.

Funding is limited. Services and incentives are provided on a first-come first-served basis and only while funding lasts. California consumers are not obligated to purchase any full-fee service or other service not funded by this program. This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Call today to learn more 707-269-1700.

Ben Mattio
Energy Specialist
Redwood Coast Energy Watch Program

Shell Wind Project 3D model

December 27, 2011 45 comments

Schatz Energy Research Center posted a video model of the proposed Shell Wind Project on Bear River Ridge and what it would look like from nearby vantage points including Ferndale, Loleta, Rio Dell and the Wildcat.


This tour was created with Google Earth by staff at the Schatz Energy Research Center. The contents of this video depict an approximation of the proposed Shell Wind project on Bear River Ridge. The animation and 3D model of the wind farm were created by SERC staff and are for educational purposes only. Images of the 25 wind turbines and their locations are based on publicly available infromation from the Humboldt County Bear River Wind Project website and were created without any input from Shell Wind.

ARCATA GREEN TEAM: The Case of the Phantom Menace and His Gang of Energy Wasting Goons

May 11, 2011 18 comments