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Director’s Update – January 18, 2023

Dear Energy Community Supporter,

Happy New Year! The Energy Communities IWG is looking forward to another year of supporting energy communities and workers. Read on for important announcements and resources that were released in the past month.

One Webinar Left in the Technical Assistance for Energy Communities Webinar Series

The Energy Communities IWG’s three-part webinar series highlighting federal and non-federal technical assistance opportunities to benefit energy communities is soon coming to an end. Our third and final webinar will take place next Tuesday, January 24, 2023, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET.

Join us to hear from the Just Transition Fund and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership. Attendees will also learn about how to access various types of funding and resources on energycommunities.gov.

New Funding Opportunities & Announcements

Upcoming Funding Deadlines

Events & Additional Resources

Success Story

The Pocahontas Mine in southwest Virginia produced more than 44 million tons of coal between 1882 and 1955. Coal from the mine was used across the country and had an international impact, fueling U.S. Navy ships in two world wars.

The mine opened as tourist attraction in 1938, but in more recent years, keeping the historic site open became a challenge due to lack of funding.

In 2018, the Town of Pocahontas received a $1.5 million grant from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Abandoned Mine Land Program for renovations. The Pocahontas Exhibition Mine closed for two years to make safety improvements, install kiosks with information for tourists, mount new lighting and electrical in the museum, and turn an old bath house into a restaurant.

These improvements are expected to create new jobs and boost the local economy through tourism.

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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