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Director’s Update – June 1, 2023

Dear Energy Community Supporter,

Federal agencies are working overtime to implement funding opportunities and provide energy communities with the resources they need to successfully apply for federal grants and technical assistance. With an abundance of upcoming events and funding deadlines, make sure to read through this entire Energy Communities IWG Director’s Update.

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Inflation Reduction Act Webinar Series Resources Available

The U.S. Department of Treasury yesterday announced final guidance and a new eligibility map for its Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Tax Credit program (48C). This program allocates $10 billion in credits, $4 billion of which may only be allocated to projects located in certain energy communities census tracts.

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.

Appalachian Regional Commission

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

  • NEPA Considerations for Siting Clean Energy on Mine Land
    Wednesday, June 14, 1-2 p.m. EDT
    The webinar will cover the key provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the process for complying with NEPA in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

  • Minnesota Energy Transition Summit
    Monday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT
    Join the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development’s Office of Energy Transition for the Minnesota Energy Transition Summit. This event is targeted for impacted communities that have impacted facilities as defined in Minnesota State Statute 116J.5491.

Success Story

The Pennsylvania Energy Programs Office (EPO), which serves as the State Energy Office for the Commonwealth, in 2021 published its first comprehensive Clean Energy Program (CEP) Plan. This plan identifies opportunities and strategies for EPO to support the achievement of Pennsylvania’s ambitious climate and clean energy goals while cultivating economic diversification and growth along the way.

The development of this plan was partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s State Energy Program. This program provides funding and technical assistance to states, territories, and the District of Columbia to enhance energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, and increase energy affordability.

Pennsylvania’s CEP plan summarizes the Commonwealth’s energy policies and EPO programs, recommends new actions to take over the next one to three years, and explores various methods for anticipating future energy trends and mitigating disruptions. The principles laid out in the CEP plan align with the Energy Communities IWG’s commitment to bringing good-paying jobs to economically disadvantaged communities across the country, including energy communities.

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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