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Director’s Update – April 17, 2024

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) is pursuing a whole-of-government approach to create good-paying union jobs, spur economic revitalization, remediate environmental degradation, and support energy workers in coal, oil and gas, and power plant communities across the country.  

Recent Events

  • Federal Funding Driving Manufacturing and Economic Development in Energy Communities Webinar
    Watch the recording and access presentation slides from the Energy Communities IWG’s webinar focused on funding programs within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) relevant to clean energy manufacturing and economic development. Hear Secretary Granholm’s keynote remarks summarizing President Biden’s Industrial Strategy and learn about funding opportunities from various DOE offices.  

New Funding Opportunities & Announcements

Upcoming Funding Deadlines

The following funding opportunities and technical assistance programs have application deadlines coming up in the next four weeks and can all be found in the Energy Communities IWG’s online clearinghouse. To learn more about how to navigate the clearinghouse, click here.  
U.S. Department of Energy 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

U.S. Department of Transportation 

U.S. Department of Labor 

Events & Additional Resources

  • Energy Communities: Institutional Investment Opportunities in America’s Energy Transition 
    April 29, 2024, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET
    Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Auditorium, New York, NY
    This Energy Communities IWG-hosted event will convene leaders in the financial sector to discuss the opportunities for private sector investment that can result in good-paying jobs, economic growth, and supply chain resiliency in energy communities across the United States. A livestream of the event will be available. 

  • Southern Illinois IWG Funding Panel
    May 14–15, 2024, Time TBD 
    Shawnee College Campus, Metropolis, IL   

  • Central Illinois IWG Funding Panel 
    May 21, 2024, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. CT
    Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL  

  • Southern Illinois IWG Funding Panel 
    Oct. 22­–23, 2024, Time TBD
    University of Illinois Extension Center, Carmi, IL  

  • Coal-to-X Fact Sheets 
    Access the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s latest fact sheets that summarize key considerations for repurposing retired coal power plants to new uses. Relevant stakeholders, including developers, communities, local governments, nonprofits, and utilities, can use these fact sheets as informational resources. 

On behalf of all Energy Communities 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

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