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Biomass maps of renewable resources on contaminated land

Published on September 29th, 2008 | by Timothy B. Hurst

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EPA's New Google Earth Mash-Up of Renewable Energy Resources on Contaminated Lands

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September 29th, 2008 by
 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a Google Earth-based interactive website that pinpoints opportunities for solar, wind or biomass siting on contaminated properties. The site combines the Google Earth platform with an EPA database that lists each property’s attributes for renewable energy development.

According to the EPA, many lands tracked by the agency, such as large Superfund sites, and mining sites offer thousands of acres of land, and may be situated in areas where the presence of wind and solar structures are less likely to be met with aesthetic, and therefore political, opposition.

Many EPA tracked lands are in areas where traditional redevelopment may not be an option because the site may be remote, or have difficult environmental conditions that are not well suited for traditional redevelopment such as residential or commercial.

These EPA tracked lands also have key infrastructure already in place. Existing electric transmission lines and capacity, as well as roads, criss-cross many of the landscapes.  In addition, most of the areas are adequately zoned for such development.

There are approximately 480,000 sites and almost 15 million acres of potentially contaminated properties across the United States that are tracked by EPA.

Maps for these six types of energy, as well as non-grid connected wind and photovoltaic solar energy, for the entire nation are also available:

* EPA Tracked Sites with Utility Scale Wind Energy Generation Potential

* EPA Tracked Sites with Community Wind Energy Generation Potential

* EPA Tracked Sites with Utility Scale Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Energy Generation Potential

* EPA Tracked Sites with Utility Scale Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy Generation Potential

* EPA Tracked Sites with Biopower Facility Siting Potential

* EPA Tracked Sites with Biorefinery Facility Siting Potential

* EPA Tracked Sites with Non-Grid Connected Wind Energy Generation Potential

* EPA Tracked Sites with Non-Grid Connected Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy Generation Potential

Other posts on the EPA at Green Options:

EPA Drafts Rule for Carbon Sequestration

EPA to Give Factory Farms a Free Pass on Emissions

Why Is the EPA Reaching Out? : Red, Green, and Blue

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is the founder of ecopolitology and the executive editor at LiveOAK Media, a media network about the politics of energy and the environment, green business, cleantech, and green living. When not reading, writing, thinking or talking about environmental politics with anyone who will listen, Tim spends his time skiing in Colorado's high country, hiking with his dog, and getting dirty in his vegetable garden.



  • Uncle B

    Improving efficiency in uses of power will compensate for the lower power levels available immediately from the safe, non-fission-fire sources. In the last decade the power required to run a computer, for example, has dropped more than ten-fold, and induction and microwave cooking are gaining popularity. Exploration of super – insulators for buildings will end in homes requiring much less energy for the same comfort levels and when the great refrigeration con runs its course and the compressed gas/solar units are made public much less power for the same level of food preservation will be common. Getting rid of customary huge heavy sheetmetal car bodies, and exchanging them for carbon-fiber and plastic bodies will take a leap of faith to adapt to, but the lighter bodies will last longer, be locally rebuildable, and will be so much lighter as to justify the change-over in fuel savings, and what’s more, be more fitting to battery/electric propulsion. We need battery cars to ballast wind generation! A map showing the most favorable lands for solar and wind power sites is a great step towards developing them, now to get Obama to live up to his word and commit to tax free and government backed development!

  • Uncle B

    Improving efficiency in uses of power will compensate for the lower power levels available immediately from the safe, non-fission-fire sources. In the last decade the power required to run a computer, for example, has dropped more than ten-fold, and induction and microwave cooking are gaining popularity. Exploration of super – insulators for buildings will end in homes requiring much less energy for the same comfort levels and when the great refrigeration con runs its course and the compressed gas/solar units are made public much less power for the same level of food preservation will be common. Getting rid of customary huge heavy sheetmetal car bodies, and exchanging them for carbon-fiber and plastic bodies will take a leap of faith to adapt to, but the lighter bodies will last longer, be locally rebuildable, and will be so much lighter as to justify the change-over in fuel savings, and what’s more, be more fitting to battery/electric propulsion. We need battery cars to ballast wind generation! A map showing the most favorable lands for solar and wind power sites is a great step towards developing them, now to get Obama to live up to his word and commit to tax free and government backed development!

  • http://www.GreenJoyment.com GreenJoyment

    This was really cool to read. Carrie and I are thinking about how awesome it would be to buy some land to build our own electricity production facility (still have a lot of pieces to figure out to make that happen), but it’s neat to see that there are so many potential locations where we could do something like this.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Jonathan

    http://www.GreenJoyment.com

  • http://www.GreenJoyment.com GreenJoyment

    This was really cool to read. Carrie and I are thinking about how awesome it would be to buy some land to build our own electricity production facility (still have a lot of pieces to figure out to make that happen), but it’s neat to see that there are so many potential locations where we could do something like this.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Jonathan

    http://www.GreenJoyment.com

  • http://www.GreenJoyment.com GreenJoyment

    This was really cool to read. Carrie and I are thinking about how awesome it would be to buy some land to build our own electricity production facility (still have a lot of pieces to figure out to make that happen), but it’s neat to see that there are so many potential locations where we could do something like this.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Jonathan

    http://www.GreenJoyment.com

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