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Department of Energy

Program Description


The Department of Energy (DOE) supports brownfields reuse by providing technical assistance in the field of energy use and environmental remediation. DOE has been the caretaker and manager of the facilities that manufactured nuclear weapons, and the property on which the weapons are located. Many DOE properties lie dormant or idle, due in part to the downsizing of the military and to the closure of nuclear weapons facilities. Many contain low levels of contamination because they were used as buffer zones for the nuclear weapons facilities and a few parcels that were used in the production of nuclear weapons are highly contaminated.

Brownfields Connections


Technical Assistance

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)/Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development

This office serves as a resource center on sustainable development and addresses several relevant issues, including land use planning, transportation, municipal energy, green building and sustainable businesses. Resources include: overview articles; slide shows; links to other sources of information; recommended books and videos; and educational materials and programs that can help communities in their sustainable development efforts.


Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)/Brightfields

EERE can help identify solutions to link solar energy technologies to brownfields redevelopment. As a “green” alternative, brightfields can not only encourage community acceptance of redevelopment plans, but also attract environmentally-conscious businesses and allow for cost savings.


Office of Building Technology, State and Community Programs (BTS)

BTS works with government, industry and communities to integrate energy technologies and practices. The resources available through BTS can help ensure that brownfields cleanup is connected to energy efficiency and sustainable redevelopment.

Website: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/

Beatty, Nevada

The Federal Mine-Scarred Lands Initiative is a collaborative group of federal agencies that are developing models for mine-scarred lands cleanup and reuse by supporting six Demonstration Projects. Through the Bullfrog Mine, Beatty, Nevada Demonstration Project, the MSL Initiative is supporting research into the feasibility of renewable energy production opportunities on a reclaimed gold mine. Previous studies show that the Beatty area has solar energy potential that ranks among the highest in the United States and has potential for wind power generation. Additionally, Nevada offers a government and business climate that supports renewable energy. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the Department of Energy, has provided significant federal support for this project by engaging energy-related stakeholders, gathering research that has been conducted to date, and committing funding for future research on the feasibility of renewable energy reproduction.

Additional Information

Melinda Downing
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Legacy Management
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 6G-041
Washington, DC 20585

Main Website: http://energy.gov/

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: http://energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

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