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Director’s Update – May 16, 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

Last month, the Energy Communities IWG wrapped up its two-part webinar series exploring the historic investments in the Inflation Reduction Act that benefit America’s energy communities. “What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for Energy Communities” featured senior Biden-Harris Administration officials discussing multiple programs and tax credits relevant to energy communities, including the Energy Infrastructure Reinvestment Program, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, Rural Energy for America Program and many more.

If you missed one or both webinars, watch the recordings and access resources here.

Rural Partners Network Eastern Kentucky Community Forum

Public, private and nonprofit partners came together last week to connect Eastern Kentucky counties with new federal funding opportunities available through the American Rescue Plan Act, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and the Inflation Reduction Act that can build economic prosperity and support fossil energy workers in Appalachia Kentucky.

Hosted by the Rural Partners Network, the federal convening featured federal officials representing the Energy Communities IWG, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Appalachian Regional Commission.

Read more here or more.

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

  • 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.

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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