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Month: August 2021

IWG Executive Director Briefs National Governors Association on Resources for Energy Community Revitalization

Yesterday, Interagency Working Group (IWG) Executive Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., discussed federal funding available for revitalizing coal, oil and gas, and power plant communities during a National Governors Association’s virtual briefing. Alongside the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), Anderson discussed funding opportunities, such as the EDA’s Coal Communities Commitment, meant to spur economic revitalization, create …

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Biden tapped this West Virginia scientist to help coal country, but can clean tech bring jobs?

Brian Anderson grew up in West Virginia, seeing the coal industry slowly decline to the point of utter collapse in recent years. Now, Mr. Anderson, a veteran energy scientist who since 2018 has served as director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, has an opportunity to do something to help towns like his. In April, Mr. …

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Energy Secretary Granholm Travels to Priority Energy Community in New Mexico to Discuss the State’s Clean Energy Transition

Yesterday, United States Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm finished up a two-day listening tour and visit to New Mexico’s key energy sites with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) in Albuquerque, Farmington and the Navajo Nation. Secretary Granholm’s visit highlighted the state’s efforts to increase electrification and build new clean energy sources to lower costs, …

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Energy Secretary Visits NM For Talks on Energy Infrastructure and Energy Communities

Granholm visited the Farmington area, where communities are bracing for the eventual closure of two coal-fired power plants and the mines that feed them. The economic effects of lost revenue and jobs are expected to ripple throughout the region. Labor leaders told Granholm that the transition away from fossil fuels has not been without its …

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IWG Virtual Workshop Provides Funding Opportunities, Local Perspectives to West Virginia Energy Communities

Interagency Working Group Executive Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., led the second IWG-hosted workshop centered on the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Coal Communities Commitment. This workshop shared funding opportunities and resources with energy communities in West Virginia and discussed perspectives from local organizations about the importance and benefits of federal funding. The virtual workshop, held …

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IWG Virtual Workshop Shared Funding Opportunities, Resources with Western Pennsylvania Energy Communities

IWG Executive Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., led the first in a series of IWG-hosted workshops that share funding opportunities and resources with energy communities impacted by the nation’s transition to a clean energy economy and help catalyze local projects that take advantage of such funding. The virtual workshop, held Aug. 12, 2021, was tailored for …

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County could benefit from federal Energy Communities funding plan

An interagency working group including various federal cabinet departments and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has come up with 25 priority “Energy Communities,” including portions of the Appalachian region extending from Kentucky and West Virginia through the tri-state area around Pittsburgh to the western end of New York state.  Read the …

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IWG Discussed Funding Opportunities during Wyoming-Focused Coal Communities Roundtable

IWG Executive Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., earlier this week met with coal community leaders in Wyoming to discuss plans, strategies and available funding opportunities to ensure America’s energy communities are positioned to build back better as the nation transitions to a clean energy economy. Anderson’s participation was part of an ongoing discussion series hosted by …

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E&E News Q&A with IWG Executive Director Brian Anderson

“Ultimately, we’re driving toward a one-stop shop for the energy communities to be able to access comprehensive programs touching multiple aspects of the federal government and put together comprehensive economic redevelopment plans,” said Brian Anderson of the IWG. Read the full story at: https://www.eenews.net/articles/qa-bidens-pick-to-lead-coal-town-renewal-on-whats-next/

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