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Director’s Update – July 5, 2023

Established by an Executive Order during President Biden’s first week in office, the 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.

New Energy Communities Video

The Energy Communities IWG has spent the last 2+ years hard at work supporting energy communities and workers across the country as they navigate energy and economic transitions. Learn more in our new video!

Webinar on Overcoming Common Infrastructure Challenges

Mark your calendar for July 17 at 2:00 p.m.! The second, and final, webinar in the Energy Communities IWG’s series on overcoming common infrastructure challenges will focus on water, sewer and broadband. Join us for a fireside chat with industry leaders and dynamic Q&A session.

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 IWG’s online clearinghouse.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Transportation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Events & Additional Resources

  • Community Benefits Plans Webinar Series: CBP 101 Webinar Recording
    Learn more about U.S. Department of Energy requirements for Community Benefits Plans (CBP), including engaging communities and labor; investing in America’s workforce; advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; and implementing the Justice40 Initiative.
  • U.S. Energy & Employment Report 2023
    The U.S. Department of Energy released its Energy and Employment Report 2023, which found that the number of U.S. energy sector jobs grew 3.8% from 2021 to 2022, and clean energy jobs grew 3.9%.
  • Energy Transition Webinar Series
    Webinar 1: Rural Clean Energy, July 7th, 12pm CT
    Webinar 2: Harnessing Federal and State Opportunities, July 21st, 12pm CT
    Webinar 3: Energy Community Support, July 28th, 12pm CT
    Co-hosted by the University of Illinois Extension, Prairie Rivers Network and Just Transition Fund, this webinar series will explore state and federal opportunities related to the clean energy transition.

Success Story

State governments play a critical role in the success of economic and energy transitions in their communities. Through funding and technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Office of Energy (EPA-OE) is spearheading an energy education strategy at the community college level to bolster clean energy education and training.

Each year, EPA-OE distributes nearly $2 million to the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), a consortium of community colleges with a mission to drive growth of the green economy and workforce. 

In 2021-2022, EPA-OE partnered with IGEN to launch Building Energy Education Fundamentals, an interactive energy code training program for community college students. This program aims to increase knowledge of advanced design and construction practices and increase awareness of employment opportunities in building-code-related professions.

Through this program, the state of Illinois is taking steps to provide residents with opportunities to build careers in the clean energy economy and create a more robust clean energy workforce.

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

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