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Energy Department Announces $450 Million for Mine Lands Projects

Energy Department Announces $450 Million for Mine Lands Projects

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $450 million from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to advance clean energy demonstration projects on current and former mine lands. According to DOE estimates, approximately 17,750 mine land sites are located across 1.5 million acres in the United States, which expose local populations to harmful pollutants and contaminate the air, land, and water quality in the surrounding areas. Repurposing this extensive area of land for clean energy projects is estimated to generate up to 90 GW of clean energy—enough to power nearly 30 million American homes.

Projects funded through the Clean Energy Demonstration Program on Current and Former Mine Land will establish how mine lands can be successfully leveraged for clean energy and will pave the way for broad replication of these projects across the nation. DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) manages this program and will provide up to 50% of the cost, ranging from $10 million to $150 million, for each project. DOE is seeking well designed, financially viable projects that can be deployed quickly.
Concept papers are due by May 11, 2023, and full applications are due by August 31, 2023. Read the full funding opportunity announcement here. Register for the funding opportunity announcement webinar on April 19, 2023 here

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