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RE-Powering America: Wind Energy at Naval Station Newport

April 17, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the RE-Powering America's Land initiative to encourage development of renewable energy on potentially contaminated land and mine sites. EPA is collaborating with NREL to evaluate renewable energy options at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport in Newport, Rhode Island, where multiple contaminated areas pose a threat to human health and the environment.

Designated a superfund site on the National Priorities List in 1989, the base is committed to working toward reducing its dependency on fossil fuels, decreasing its carbon footprint, and implementing renewable energy projects where feasible.

The Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NFESC) partnered with NREL in February 2009 to investigate the potential for wind energy generation at a number of Naval and Marine bases on the East Coast. NAVSTA Newport was one of several bases chosen for a detailed, site-specific wind resource investigation.

NAVSTA Newport, in conjunction with NREL and NFESC, has been actively engaged in assessing the wind resource through several ongoing efforts. This report focuses on the wind resource assessment, the estimated energy production of wind turbines, and a survey of potential wind turbine options based upon the site-specific wind resource.