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Local fishermen seeking guarantees from wind energy developers

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This fall, The Redwood Coast Energy Authority and its private partners plan to bid for the right to propose a roughly 12 turbine wind farm about 25 miles off the shores of the Samoa Peninsula.

Federal and state officials say the wind farms will provide climate-friendly electricity.

To make room for the industry, local commercial fishermen will lose roughly 200 miles of fishing grounds. With the help of the Redwood Region Climate and Community Resilience Hub, fisherman are requesting wind developers guarantee community benefits that would prop up the commercial fishery.

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For background information on Humboldt wind energy and fishermen's response, you can watch this webinar from the Schatz Energy Research Center.

In reporting for KHSU, Eric Black focuses on the challenges and controversies surrounding development projects.