You’re invited to participate in a Clean Energy on Mine Land Workshop. OCED has planned three workshops to further inform the Clean Energy Demonstration Program on Current and Former Mine Land in preparation for a future funding opportunity announcement. Two workshops will be held in the Eastern and Western U.S. and one will be held virtually.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included $500 million for demonstrating the technical and economic viability of carrying out clean energy projects on current and former mine land across America. The funding for this program includes up to five clean energy demonstration projects in geographically diverse regions, two of which must be solar, with a goal of replication across the country and the creation of jobs and economic opportunity for current and former mining communities.
These workshops will:
• Provide a detailed overview of the Clean Energy Demonstration Program on Current and Former Mine Land to interested stakeholders
• Collect feedback from stakeholders on drivers, challenges and potential impacts of mine land demonstrations
• Offer a forum for stakeholder networking in preparation for the funding opportunity announcement
The workshop focusing on the Eastern U.S. is set for September 20-21 at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Knoxville, TN.
The workshop focusing on the Western U.S. is set for October 11-12 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO.
The virtual workshop is set for October 25-26.
Register here: https://www.energy.gov/oced/clean-energy-mine-land-workshops
DOE expects to announce a funding opportunity to solicit project proposals in 2023.
- General Public
- Private Sector
Reserved for Energy
Program Description: To establish a program to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of carrying out clean energy projects on current and former mine land.
Eligible uses include: (A) Solar. (B) Micro-grids. (C) Geothermal. (D) Direct air capture. (E) Fossil-fueled electricity generation with carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration. (F) Energy storage, including pumped storage hydropower and compressed air storage. (G) Advanced nuclear technologies.
RFI Description: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Information (RFI) on June 29 to help inform DOE’s implementation of the Clean Energy Demonstration Program on Current and Former Mine Land (also referred to as “Mine Land Program”), this RFI seeks input on:
- Mine Land Development
- Mine Land Operations
- Job Creation Potential and Challenges
- Technology-Specific Concerns
- Mine Land Program Implementation
- Equity, Environmental and Energy Justice (EEEJ) Priorities
The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from stakeholders, including the clean energy industry and its investors, the mining industry and landowners, federal and state regulatory agencies, state and local governments, labor unions, environmental justice organizations, Tribal officials, disadvantaged communities (DACs), community-based organizations, economic development organizations, conservation and environmental groups, and academic and other research institutions on issues related to the demonstration of clean energy projects on mine land. DOE is specifically interested in information on how demonstration programs can be implemented to stimulate private sector follow-on investments and deliver maximum benefits in terms of high-quality job creation, local and regional economic development, environmental justice and greenhouse gas emission reductions.