Energy Future

A community forum to discuss alternative sources of energy, including wind and wave power, is scheduled for Dec. 7 in Brookings.

Harnessing the power of the wind and other alternative forms of energy will be the topic at the Curry Alternative Energy Forum from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 7, at the Southwestern Oregon Community College Curry Campus, in Brookings.

Curry County Commissioner Court Boice said alternative energy development could be beneficial for the county.

“Our beautiful southwest corner of Oregon has some serious difficulties to overcome, however we also have before us many incredible opportunities," he said.

According to Boice, the world is changing and technological advancements are bringing more enthusiasm and cost reductions representing the future in energy renewable sources. 

"I believe we need to especially look at off shore wind energy, and of course wave and solar power as well," he said.

Boice said the alternative energy options will take hard work and everyone pulling together for short and long-term success.

"It will require leadership, public involvement, planning, and commitment," he said. "Most agree, there is no other place on the planet that has higher quality forests, nor more pristine rivers, or greater scenic mountains, not to mention our fabulous Oregon ocean.” 

According to Boice, the speakers for the alternative energy forum include:

  • David Petrie – DB Western Engineering
  • Bill Bradbury – Former Oregon Secretary of State
  • Dallas Heard – Oregon State Senator
  • Dennis Beetham – DB Western Engineering
  • David Brock Smith - Oregon State Representative
  • Shannon Souza – Solcoast Energy
  • Sam Schwarz – Solocoast Energy

Boice is encouraging Curry citizens to attend the forum.

The SWOCC Curry Campus is located at 96082 Lone Ranch Pkwy in Brookings. For more details about the conference, contact Commissioner Court Boice at 541-247-3229

Boice issued the following fuller press release following the currypilots posting of the event.

Join us for a discussion of Offshore Wind Energy at the Curry County SWOCC campus on Saturday, December 7 at 1 pm.

Demand for clean energy is increasing rapidly. Offshore wind can supply much of it here locally. The most valuable section of that natural resource is along the coast of Oregon and Northern California. If pursued aggressively, Coos Bay could become a major hub for this new industry. This would result in hundreds of sustainable family wage jobs.

This wide-ranging series of presentations will cover renewable energy and sustainability (Former Oregon Secretary of State - Bill Bradbury), offshore wind-float technology and construction (DB Western CEO - Dennis Beetham), the energy direction and work at the Oregon Legislative level (David Brock Smith, South coast Oregon State Representative, Dist. 1), the regional energy infrastructure and markets (Shannon Souza), development and moving forward with stakeholders (Bill Henry), community engagement (Sam Schwarz).

“Our beautiful Southwest corner of Oregon has many difficulties to overcome, however we also have many incredible opportunities," Boice said. "Both will require hard work, all pulling together, leadership, public involvement, planning, and commitment. Most agree, there is no other place on Earth that has higher quality forests, nor more pristine rivers, or greater scenic mountains not to mention our fabulous Oregon Ocean.

"I believe as a County, we need to especially learn about Off shore Wind Energy, however Wave and additional Solar Power as well. The world is changing and technological advancements are bringing more and more enthusiasm and cost reductions representing a bright future in energy renewable sources.”

Curry citizens are invited and encouraged to join us at the Brookings Southwest Oregon Community College, Curry Campus at 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway in Brookings.

Following the presentations there will be a question and answer session. The event will be available in the near future for multiple replays.

For more information, contact Commissioner Boice at 541-247-3229, or at boicec@co.curry.or.us.

 

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