On November 4, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy announced the two agencies will conduct feasibility analyses of renewable energy project developments at twenty-six currently or formerly contaminated properties. EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative, started in 2008, is overseeing the initiative, which will investigate former mines as well as superfund and brownfield sites. While not actually developing any projects, the feasibility studies will prove to be vital to municipalities and companies seeking to develop the projects.