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Brownfields to green energy : redeveloping contaminated lands with large-scale renewable energy facilities

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dc.contributor.advisor Lawrence Susskind. en_US Jensen, Bjorn B. (Bjorn Benjamin) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US 2010-10-29T18:29:48Z 2010-10-29T18:29:48Z 2010 en_US 2010 en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.C.P.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, 2010. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 127-132). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis uses case studies of one unsuccessful, and three successful brownfield-to-renewable energy projects to identify common barriers such projects face and how those barriers can be overcome. The most significant barriers identified are those typical of brownfield development: cleanup costs, liability risks, uncertainty, technical and legal complexity, and the need to coordinate multiple stakeholders. These barriers can be overcome through strong partnerships characterized by full cooperation among developers, property owners, regulators, and local officials. Political and public support enables cooperation between public and private stakeholders. This support is driven by an expectation that brownfield-to-renewable energy projects will improve the city's image and stimulate development of the clean energy industry locally. The three successful projects received substantial public support. This suggests that locating renewable energy facilities on contaminated lands is a possible solution to the siting controversies faced by new renewable energy facilities, and by wind farms especially. Renewable energy facilities offer a reuse option for brownfields that can coexist with ongoing remediation. Carving-out less polluted parcels from large properties for phased development is a strategy that has great potential to expand renewable energy development on brownfields and provide property owners revenue that can facilitate complete remediation. The thesis concludes with recommendations for local, state, and federal actions to encourage and facilitate brownfields-to-renewable energy projects. Recommended local level actions include incorporating renewable energy into municipal comprehensive plans and brownfield redevelopment programs. Overall, recommendations emphasize facilitating the "carve-out" strategy (i.e. use the cleanest parts of brownfields for new energy projects) and modifying financial incentives to favor brownfield sites. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Bjorn B. Jensen. en_US
dc.format.extent 132 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
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dc.subject Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.title Brownfields to green energy : redeveloping contaminated lands with large-scale renewable energy facilities en_US
dc.title.alternative Redeveloping contaminated lands with large-scale renewable energy facilities en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.C.P. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 670430905 en_US

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