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EA-1753: Finding of No Significant Impact

Beacon Power Corporation Flywheel Frequency Regulation Plant, Chicago Heights, Illinois

Based on the analyses in the environmental assessment (EA), DOE determined that its proposed action--awarding a federal grand to Beacon Power Corporation (Beacon Power) to facilitate installation and operation of a 20-megawatt flywheel frequency regulation plant--would result in no significant adverse impacts. DOE further determined that the proposed project could result in beneficial impacts o the nation's energy efficiency and air quality. Operating the flywheel plant could result in a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions from regional power plants. In addition, there would be small positive socioeconomic impacts from the expenditures for the project.