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Director’s Update – March 17, 2023

Dear Energy Community Supporter,

Thank you for continuing to support the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) as we work to revitalize our nation’s energy communities. We hope you find this newsletter valuable.

In addition to this newsletter, check out our social media channels for funding updates and resources, like the posts here.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Last Chance to Register for Webinar on the Inflation Reduction Act

Join the Energy Communities IWG on Monday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a webinar highlighting Inflation Reduction Act programs that benefit energy communities.

Key programs discussed in the first webinar include:

  • U.S. Department of Energy Loan Program Office’s Energy Infrastructure Reinvestment program that can be used to repurpose shuttered fossil energy assets.

  • Programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture investing in rural America to support the clean energy transformation for a variety of energy community stakeholders.

New Funding Opportunities & Announcements

Upcoming Funding Deadlines

The following funding opportunities have application deadlines coming up in the next four weeks and can all be found in the IWG’s online clearinghouse.

Events & Additional Resources

Illinois Basin Rapid Response Team Workshop

Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development

Last week, federal agency officials from the Energy Communities IWG’s Illinois Basin Rapid Response Team (RRT) hosted a workshop in Marion, Illinois to connect energy community leaders with relevant state and federal resources and funding opportunities.

Community leaders learned how to create accounts to apply for grants and best practices for managing grants during and after the application process.

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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