The Implementation of clean Energy Demonstration Projects in Current and Legacy Mining Areas, administered by the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Energy Demonstration Office, received $500 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act. The plan will consider implementing clean energy projects including advanced nuclear technology on the mine to benefit local communities and reduce carbon emissions. The U.S. Department of Energy expects to solicit project proposals for project financing in 2023.
The DEPARTMENT of Energy says there are about 17,750 mining sites across the United States. If all mines could be retrofitted for clean energy projects, they could provide up to 89 gigawatts of clean electricity, powering millions of American homes. At the same time, the plan will promote Justice 40, an initiative aimed at helping disadvantaged communities.