Successful State Programs for Renewable Energy on Contaminated Sites
Sponsored by: EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative
Why do some states have more of their solar generation on contaminated sites, while other states are at much lower levels? This webinar will explain one of the biggest factors -- the successes of state renewable programs specifically designed for prioritizing landfills, mine sites, and other potentially contaminated lands.
States such as New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois have large-scale programs in place that are leading to the successful development of many megawatts of new renewable projects on RE-Powering sites per year. The state programs include financial incentives, procurement preferences, streamlined permitting, liability relief, and hands-on project development assistance designed and implemented by states over a decade or more.
Drawing on its national best practice research and profiles of more than five dozen programs across more than a dozen states, EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative is hosting the webinar to help you learn about common types of successful state programs, their impacts, and implementation tips. This topic is timely because many states, as well as local communities, are considering how to expand contaminated site reuse as part of their greenhouse gas reduction plans and how to preserve agricultural lands and other greenfield sites.
To share on-the-ground knowledge, a panel of renewable developers focused on contaminated sites will describe how they have participated in state programs and how those programs have reduced the risks, improved the speed, and lowered the costs of their renewable energy projects on contaminated sites. The webinar will also describe new, free resources - including individual program profiles - where participants can learn much more on the topic.
ICYMI - In a previous webinar, RE-Powering America's Land Initiative featured a panel with agency staff from three leading states who discuss how they have created and managed successful programs. Watch the recorded webinar here: January 2022, Unlocking Brightfields Potential: State Programs to Encourage Renewable Energy Siting on Contaminated Lands - RE-Powering America's Land Initiative.
Paul Curran, CleanCapital
Paul Curran is the Chief Development Officer at CleanCapital, a diversified clean energy company, and was previously the CEO and founder of BQ Energy (BQE), which was acquired by CleanCapital in 2022. Curran founded BQE 20 years ago, where he became the first fulltime developer of renewable energy projects on landfill and brownfield. He is passionate about working with lower and middle-income communities (LMI) to develop renewable energy projects on polluted sites.
Kyle Miller, AC Power
Kyle Miller is currently serving as the Chief Strategy Officer at AC Power, a prominent brownfield solar developer. With a wealth of experience and expertise, Kyle has played a pivotal role in the development of community solar projects, particularly in the states of New Jersey and New York.
Lora Strine, U.S. EPA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lora Strine is team leader for EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative. She has twenty years of experience in the energy and environment field. Ms. Strine coordinates the promotion and development of resources to help communities redevelop contaminated lands with renewable energy.
Jean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (email@example.com or 202-566-0832)
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.
Webinar Slides and References:
- Slide Presentation for Strine - E-Powering Program Webinar (1.39MB/PDF)
- Slide Presentation for Curran - Brownfield and Landfill Investment (3.10MB/PDF)
- Slide Presentation for Miller - EPA Successful State Programs Webinar - AC Power (2.00MB/PDF)
- EPA RE-Powering Initiative
- EPA's resources on state policies
- State Program Selection & Design Tips for Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated Sites
- Thumbnail Descriptions of State Policies Supporting Renewable Energy Development on Landfills, Mines, and Formerly Contaminated Sites
- In-Depth Profiles of Programs in Six States for Renewable Energy Development on Landfills, Mines, and Formerly Contaminated Sites
- Summary of "RE-Powering" State Programs for the Reuse of Virginia Landfills & Brownfields for Solar
- Summary of State Programs for the Reuse of Brownfields, Landfills, and Former Mines for Renewable Energy in Michigan
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