RE-Powering America's Land:                                   RE Powering Former Gas
Evaluating the Feasibility of Siting Renewable Energy Production      Stations Across the Country
on Potentially Contaminated Land
EPA/NREL Partnership
In September 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the
RE-Powering America's Land: Siting Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated
Land and Mine Sites initiative. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy's National
Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are collaborating on a project to evaluate the
feasibility of siting renewable energy production on potentially contaminated  sites.
EPA has provided more than $650,000 through an interagency agreement that pairs
EPA's expertise on contaminated sites with NREL's expertise in renewable energy.
The project will analyze the feasibility of siting renewable energy on 12 sites across
the country. The analysis will include, among other things, the best renewable
energy technology for the site, the optimal area to locate the renewable energy
technology on the site, potential renewable energy generating capacity, the return
on investment, and the economic feasibility of the renewable energy projects.  NREL
will also pursue an analysis to explore the potential for siting alternative fuel stations
(e.g., electric charging stations) at former gas station sites.

Former Gas Station Sites
EPA estimates that there are over 200,000 petroleum brownfields sites across
America. Many of these include former gas stations. Because these properties are
often located near traffic intersections and other areas with high levels of automobile
traffic, they may present opportunities to site or otherwise support the infrastructure
for alternative fuel vehicles. Existing infrastructure and facilities suitable for reuse could be used to support station operations.
Renewable energy resources, such as solar energy, could also help power operations and advanced vehicles.

Feasibility Study: Winter - Fall 2010
NREL will conduct a study that aims to: (1) develop criteria to evaluate former gas station properties as sites for alternative fuel
stations, and (2) determine how to convert these former gas stations into alternative fuel stations. The study will then identify the
best locations for various alternative fuels based on traffic corridors and the supply and demand for each fuel. If applicable, the
study may also explore opportunities for introducing renewable energy resources into the development of these stations.
 RE-Powering Former Gas Stations
          Various Locations
         Across the Country
Site Facts:
  Site type: Former gas station
  Renewable technology: Alternative fuel
  stations, solar and wind

  EPA Office of Underground Storage Tanks
  Deb Steckley
  National Renewable Energy Lab
  Gail Mosey
  (303) 384-7356
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