The EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative has just released an updated version of the RE-Powering Mapper tool, providing preliminary screening results for renewable energy potential at contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites tracked by the EPA and select state agencies. The RE-Powering Initiative expanded the scope of its mapping tool and has now screened over 80,000 sites for renewable energy potential. Working in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), RE-Powering developed screening criteria for solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal potential at various levels of development. Publicly available, stakeholder-reported information indicates that communities have saved millions of dollars in energy costs, created construction jobs, and received new property tax revenue as a result of reusing these sites for renewable energy. For more information on completed projects, check out our latest release of the RE-Powering Project Tracking Matrix. Contact a member of the EPA's RE-Powering Rapid Response team if you have any follow-up questions or would like to learn more about the RE-Powering initiative. Comments should be submitted to email@example.com.
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