DOE Allocates $475 Million for Clean Energy Options on Former Mines - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Storage, GHG Emissions, Industrial, Microgrids, Hydro, Solar  -  March 22, 2024

DOE Allocates $475 Million for Clean Energy Options on Former Mines

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $475 million in funding for five projects in Arizona, Kentucky, Nevada, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to accelerate clean energy deployment on current and former mine land. 

The funding will support a variety of diverse, locally driven clean energy projects that can be replicated in current and former mining communities across the country. 

“President Biden believes that the communities that have powered our nation for the past 100 years should power our nation for the next 100 years,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in a statement. “Thanks to the President’s Investing in America agenda, DOE is helping deploy clean energy solutions on current and former mine land across the country — supporting jobs and economic development in the areas hit hardest by our evolving energy landscape.” 

The projects cover a range of clean energy technologies, from solar, microgrids, and pumped storage hydropower to geothermal and battery energy storage systems. 

Three projects are located on former Appalachian coal mines, which supports economic revitalization and workforce development on land that is no longer viable for industrial purposes. In the West, two projects seek to displace fossil-fuel use by ramping up net-zero mining operations and providing the critical materials needed for a robust, domestic, clean energy supply chain.

Keywords: doe, Geothermal

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