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On July 28, 2023, the Department of Energy announced the Cleanup to Clean Energy initiative at the James V. Forrestal building in Washington, D.C. This initiative aims to repurpose parts of DOE-owned lands—portions of which were previously used in the nation’s nuclear weapons program—for clean-energy generation.
Working with a diverse range of stakeholders, including industry, Federal entities, tribes, state, and local officials, DOE will lease Federal land for the buildout of utility-scale clean energy projects. Cleanup to Clean Energy will help achieve President Biden’s ambitious climate goals and the directive in Executive Order 14057 for agencies to use their properties to develop new clean electricity generation.
“We are going to transform the lands we have used over decades for nuclear security and environmental remediation by working closely with tribes and local communities together with partners in the private sector to build some of the largest clean energy projects in the world,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “Through the Cleanup to Clean Energy initiative, DOE will leverage areas that were previously used to protect our national security and will repurpose them to the same end—this time, generating clean energy that will help save the planet and protect our energy independence.”
- Hanford Site, Richland, Washington
- Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho
- Nevada National Security Site, Nye County, Nevada
- Savannah River Site, Aiken, South Carolina
- Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Carlsbad, New Mexico
Recently, the Secretary launched the Cleanup to Clean Energy initiative at an Industry Day. The event drew approximately 65 representatives from clean energy organizations capable of implementing large-scale clean energy projects. Hanford Site hosted its Community Engage and Industry Day on September 22, 2023, in Richland, Washington. Idaho National Laboratory will be hosting an Industry Day event on October 25, 2023. Additional site-specific events will be held in upcoming months..
Any questions regarding the Cleanup to Clean Energy initiative, should be e-mailed to Cleanup_to_Clean_Energy@hq.doe.gov.