In honor of Earth Day, Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) announced that through the contributions of its employees, partners and shareholders, it has repurposed brownfield sites, including former coal mines, for utility-scale renewable development. As of April 2021, the company has more than 400 MWs of renewable energy projects in advanced development within the PJM region on former coal mine sites.
The renewable projects, spread out across Pennsylvania and Maryland, will put these sites that have limited use to good work by creating renewable energy while providing economic growth for host communities.
“By repurposing the sites of former coal mines, we can take land with limited ability to use and put it to work helping generate renewable energy critical to decarbonizing the electric sector by 2035,” said CPV CEO Gary Lambert. “In doing so, we can both reduce the need to disturb greenfield sites and help revitalize areas that have been impacted by the transition to cleaner energy sources.”
CPV is developing, building and operating an energy grid that is both reliable and environmentally responsible. By replacing the “old” with new flexible and highly efficient load following resources and renewable power generation facilities, the company is nearing the milestone to have helped the U.S. avoid an estimated 21 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The company has also helped avoid more than 31,000 tons of nitrogen oxide and 27,000 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions to date, it said.
CPV has set ambitious sustainability goals for 2021. These include avoiding 3 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, recycling 2 billion gallons of grey water and generating at least 500,000 MWh of carbon-free electricity.
“Earth Day is not about just talk, it’s about action,” said CPV Senior Vice President Tom Rumsey. “At CPV we’re proud to have a strong track record of displacing older, higher emitting power generation with some of the most efficient natural gas and renewable facilities in the country. We deliver meaningful environmental improvements while enhancing grid reliability and reducing energy costs for consumers.”