EA-1816: Final Environmental Assessment

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Town of Hempstead Wind-to-Hydrogen Project, Point Lookout, New York

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has provided a grant to the Town of Hempstead, New York (the Town) under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, and Town Hempstead intends to use the funds to design, permit, and construct a 100-kilowatt wind turbine at Point Lookout, New York. The proposed project would include installation of an underground electrical line from the turbine to the station. The system would convert wind energy to electricity and use that to power an electrolyzer to make pure hydrogen for the Town’s fueling facility for the Town’s small fleet of vehicles (proposed project). DOE provided the grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and as part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Program. DOE’s Proposed Action would authorize a total of $400,000 in grant expenditures by the Town of Hempstead. The total cost of the Town’s proposed project would be approximately $600,000. DOE has authorized the Town to use a percentage of the Federal funding for preliminary activities, which includes project planning and support for the development of this EA. The preliminary activities are associated with the proposed project and do not significantly impact the environment nor represent an irreversible or irretrievable commitment by DOE in advance of the conclusion of the EA.