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EPA solicits applications for RE-Powering America's Land

By U.S. EPA | April 04, 2011

The U.S. EPA is soliciting applications from states, tribes, regional governments and communities that are interested in the development of renewable energy on current and formerly contaminated properties. The opportunity is offered through EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land initiative, which takes a multipronged approach to site cleanup and development of renewable energy production facilities on potentially contaminated land. Potentially contaminated lands include Superfund, brownfields, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act corrective action, and former landfill or mining sites.

The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory will conduct renewable energy feasibility studies for the selected sites to determine the best renewable energy technology for the site, the optimal location for placement of the renewable energy technology, potential energy generating capacity, the return on the investment and the economic feasibility of the renewable energy projects. 

Through this initiative, potentially contaminated sites will be reused and redeveloped to increase renewable power generation, while also improving communities, creating jobs, and decreasing the use of green space necessary for renewable power plants. Proposals are due to EPA by May 20. 

More information on the RE-Powering initiative and the request for applications, go to http://www.epa.gov/renewableenergyland/.


 

2 Responses

  1. Les Blevins

    2011-04-08

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    I, along with a Kansas University faculty member, submitted an application to the EPA about 20 years ago along these lines (RE heat and power)and apparently the EPA couldn't get their heads around what we submitted. Perhaps they have a more open mind now, and perhaps I can see if that KU faculty member is up for a retry. Les Blevins Advanced Alternative Energy 1207 N 1800 Rd. Lawrence, Kansas 66049 LBlevins@aaecorp.com

  2. Erich J. Knight

    2011-04-11

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