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1 RE-Powering America’s Land FFLC Call August 28, 2013

2 WIND SOLAR GEOTHERMAL BIOMASS SOLAR WIND RE-Powering America’s Land 2 Encourages renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites when such development is aligned with the community's vision for the site.

3 Why Renewables on Potentially Contaminated Lands 3 Gain community support Leverage existing infrastructure Improve project economics through reduced land costs & tax incentives Protect open space Build sustainable land development strategy Provide low-cost, clean power to communities Reduce project cycle times with streamlined zoning and permitting

4 Types of Contaminated Sites 4 -Superfund Sites -Other Federal CERCLA Sites -RCRA Corrective Action Sites -Federal Facilities -Mining Sites -Leaking Underground Storage Tank Sites -State Voluntary Cleanup Sites -MSW and Industrial Landfills -Brownfields Sites 4 Photo Courtesy of Volkswagen America

5 5 RE-Powering America’s Land Projects installed nationwide Wind turbines installed during remediation at abandoned steel mill Texas Concentrators installed on remediated mine tailings New Mexico New York Solar geomembrane capping landfill Georgia Wind turbines at former industrial site Wyoming Solar array installed on landfill cap Colorado Solar array at former manufactured gas plant Massachusetts Solar array at former foundry Illinois California Solar array at Superfund site

6 6 Project Tracking 6 RE-Powering Installations # Sites Installed Capacity (MW) NY667.2 NJ MA SC120.0 WY219.8 NV114.2 CA812.1 IL210.9 TN29.7 CO55.9 RoUS April MW total Installed 73 contaminated land, landfills, and mine sites

7 RE-Powering Mapper Google Earth Overlay Mapped inventory of 66,000+ EPA and select state tracked sites (over 35 million acres of land). Screening based on: Resource Availability Acreage Infrastructure (distance to transmission lines, graded roads) Incorporates data from: EPA Cleanup and Landfill Programs National Renewable Energy Lab Wind, Solar, and Biomass Resources Southern Methodist University and USGS Geothermal Department of Homeland Security U.S. Highways Railroads Transmission Lines Substations State Agencies from CA, HI, NJ, NY, OR, PA, VA, and WV U.S. Environmental Protection Agency7

8 RE-Powering Mapper Google Earth Overlay U.S. Environmental Protection Agency8 Geothermal Heat Pump Potential Off-Grid PV Potential Biopower Potential 90 kW PV installed

9 RE-Powering Mapper EPA Tracked Sites: Site-level information 9U.S. Environmental Protection Agency9

10 RE-Powering Mapper Sites by Program 10 ProgramSites – Nationally Sites – Region 1 Abandoned Mine Land5629 Brownfield Program Sites18,8702,042 Superfund1, Landfills - Landfill Methane Outreach Program2, RCRA Corrective Action Sites3, Sites Associated with Federal Programs26,7582,535 State Abandoned Mine Lands -- PA (5,543); WV (2,103)7,646 State Orphaned Mineral Mine Sites – VA5,813 State Identified Sites California (7,622), Hawaii (1,180), New Jersey (10,362), New York (2,181), Oregon (4,743) 26,088 Federal and State Sites66,217

11 RE-Powering Mapper Renewable Energy Potential - Nationwide 11 Renewable Energy Capacity Potential (GW) 5.7 TW max potential across all sites screening for solar PV, CSP, wind, and/or biopower Notes: Number of sites and technologies included are those that could be estimated and that screened positively. Sites may screen well for multiple technologies. > 185,000 renewable energy opportunities across all technologies and scales 1,101 GW potential using 20% of 6.7 million acres; 1 MW / 6 acres 7.5x US Renewable Energy Capacity 146 GW, including hydro 2011 Renewable Energy Databook, NREL

12 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency12 Other Tools and Resources Handbook for Siting RE Projects While Addressing Environmental Issues Best Practices for Siting Solar PV on Landfills Solar and Wind Decision Trees NREL Feasibility Studies Fact Sheets (Financial Considerations, Liability Issues, Success Stories) National Maps of Screened Sites

13 13 RE-Powering America’s Land Marc Thomas U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response Center for Program Analysis General inquiries


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