Humboldt State University

Schatz Energy Research Center

Yurok Wind and Hydroelectric Feasibility Study

Engineers in hard hats prepare to raise a wind monitoring tower.

From 2007 to 2011, SERC collaborated with the Yurok Tribe to perform a Wind and Hydroelectric Feasibility Study. SERC and the Tribe installed wind and stream flow monitoring equipment at selected sites on the Reservation and operated them for over a year, collecting wind speed and direction data as well as creek stage and discharge data. The collected data were used to determine the feasibility of installing energy generation systems at these locations. Power production estimates were developed for a set of candidate turbines and economic screening of project alternatives was conducted based on revenue generation potential and estimated project costs. The study also included preliminary environmental impact analysis, identification of permitting requirements, and business plan development. SERC and the Tribe hope to follow up on the study by installing energy generation systems to provide power to homes on the Reservation and/or produce revenues to the Tribe from power sales to the grid. The key next step will be to conduct an interconnection study.

To view the final project report and other project-related materials, see the DOE page on the project.