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Background

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization

During his first week in office, President Biden signed an Executive Order creating an Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization. The initiative is co-chaired by the Director of the National Economic Council (NEC) and the National Climate Advisor, and administered by the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

Read Executive Order 14008, “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad”

As a first step, the Executive Order directs the Interagency Working Group to prepare an initial report describing, “mechanisms, consistent with applicable law, to prioritize grantmaking, federal loan programs, technical assistance, financing, procurement, or other existing programs to support and revitalize the economies of coal and power plant communities.”

Read a summary of the “Initial Report to the President on Empowering Workers Through Revitalizing Energy Communities”

The Interagency Working Group reviewed domestic and international models for economic revitalization, compiled recommendations from advocacy groups and academics, and sought guidance from representatives of Energy Communities. Stakeholders included labor unions; community development organizations; local, regional, and tribal governments; the private sector; and philanthropic interests.

Download a PDF of the full report to the President

The report to the President identifies:

  • A set of communities across the country hard-hit by coal mine and coal power plant closures, which should be prioritized for focused federal investment.
  • Existing federal programs with potentially available funding totaling nearly $38 billion which could be used to provide immediate investments in Energy Communities.
  • Immediate steps the Interagency Working Group should take within the next year to support Energy Communities.

Agencies represented on the Interagency Working Group are:

Office of Management and Budget/Domestic Policy Council

U.S Department of Energy

U.S Department of Treasury

U.S Department of the Interior

U.S Department of Agriculture

U.S Department of Commerce

U.S Department of Labor

U.S Department of Health and Human Services

U.S Department of Transportation

U.S Department of Education

U.S Environmental Protection Agency

Appalachian Regional Commission

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