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Director’s Update – April 11, 2023

Dear Energy Community Supporter,

It’s a busy time for the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG). We recently hosted a webinar on the Inflation Reduction Act, held a summit at the White House, published a new public report and released a Memorandum of Understanding on interagency collaboration with energy communities, all on the heels of the two-year anniversary of the creation of the Energy Communities IWG.

Read on to learn more about recent happenings, upcoming events and federal investment announcements and deadlines.

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Energy Communities IWG Visits White House for Summit

On Tuesday, the Energy Communities IWG joined senior Biden-Harris Administration officials at the White House to announce billions of dollars in additional investments through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act to support fossil energy workers and spur long-term economic revitalization in energy communities.

The event brought together federal officials, private sector executives, philanthropic and labor leaders, financial investors, and energy community representatives from the 25 priority energy communities. Energy community stakeholders participated in two robust roundtable discussions with federal officials to discuss challenges and identify solutions to support economic growth in energy communities.

In connection with the event, the Energy Communities IWG released Revitalizing Energy Communities: Two-Year Report to the President, a report outlining the transformative activities the Biden Administration has taken since January 2021 to provide robust outreach and engagement with energy communities. The report also previews the Administration’s path forward to ensure the nation sustains momentum in building a clean energy future made in America and powered by American workers.

You can access the recording here and visit the past events page here.

Register for Upcoming “What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for Energy Communities – Part 2” Webinar

The Energy Communities IWG is hosting the second webinar in its two-part webinar series highlighting IRA programs that benefit energy communities on April 28 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Key programs discussed in the second webinar will include:

  • The enhanced Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit (48C).
  • Bonus tax credits for energy communities under the Inflation Reduction Act.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s $3 billion environmental justice grant program for community-based organizations and their partners.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green House Gas Reduction Fund supporting low-income and disadvantaged communities.

New Funding Opportunities & Announcements

Upcoming Funding Deadlines

Events & Additional Resources

On behalf of all IWG member agencies, thank you for your continued interest in programs that support people living and working in America’s energy communities. Please feel free to share this newsletter with others in your network who may benefit.

Best regards,

Brian J. Anderson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization
Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory
U.S. Department of Energy

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