Agencies To Study Brownfield, Superfund Sites For Renewable Energy Development

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are evaluating the feasibility of developing renewable energy production on superfund, brownfields, and former landfill or mining sites.

As part of the RE-Powering America's Land Initiative, the EPA is investing approximately $1 million for projects across the U.S., aiming to revitalize abandoned sites. The agency also cites the initiative's added benefits, such as protecting health and the environment, and providing economic benefits through job creation.

The potential for development of wind, solar, biomass or geothermal facilities will be examined at 26 sites in Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Georgia, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, New Mexico, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Montana, California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington.

According to the EPA, the analysis will determine the best renewable energy technology for the site, the optimal location for placement of the renewable energy technology on the site, potential energy generating capacity, the return on the investment and the economic feasibility of the renewable energy project.

Some of the sites under consideration for renewable energy projects have completed cleanup activities, while others may be in various stages of assessment or cleanup. Renewable energy projects on the sites will be designed to accommodate the site conditions.

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