This map provides information on potential sites for renewable energy projects in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Data for this map was generated through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated the RE-Powering America's Land Initiative to demonstrate the enormous potential that contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites provide for developing renewable energy in the United States. EPA developed national level site screening criteria in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal facilities. While the screening criteria demonstrate the potential to reuse contaminated land for renewable energy facilities, the criteria and data are neither designed to identify the best sites for developing renewable energy nor all-inclusive. Therefore, more detailed, site-specific analysis is necessary to identify or prioritize the best sites for developing renewable energy facilities based on the technical and economic potential.
Please note that these sites were only pre-screened for renewable energy potential. The sites were not evaluated for land use constraints or current on the ground conditions. Additional research and site-specific analysis are needed to verify viability for renewable energy potential at a given site.
The federal- and state-tracked sites included in this screening represent a subset of nationwide contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites. RE-Powering screened sites currently tracked through EPA remediation and grant programs, as well as sites tracked by 11 state agencies. Additional sites are tracked at the state and local level.