Department of Energy
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.
- Promotes redevelopment that incorporates energy efficiency, renewable energy and distributed energy technologies at brownfield sites.
- Develops regional relationships with federal and state partners to address site or brownfields issues.
- Provides technical assistance in the field of environmental cleanup and stabilization.
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.
- Improve air quality
- Provide a clean and reliable energy source for entities such as community businesses, residential homes and local transit
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.
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.
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Legacy Management
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585
Main Website: http://www.energy.gov
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: http://www.eere.energy.gov