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Director’s Update – May 7, 2024

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (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. 

Energy Communities: Institutional Investment Opportunities in America’s Energy Transition Read Out

On Monday, April 29, the Energy Communities IWG hosted an event at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York with senior federal officials and financial industry representatives to discuss the financial and public benefits of investing in energy communities. Participants shared insights about the challenges of investing at scale, including intermediary capacity; a common taxonomy; and the need for robust, sincere community engagement. 

Read more and access key takeaways here.

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 Energy Communities IWG’s online clearinghouse. To learn more about how to navigate the clearinghouse, click here.  
U.S. Department of Energy 

U.S. Department of Transportation 

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of the Interior

Events & Additional Resources

  • Illinois Basin § 48C Regional Event Resources
    Resources are now available! Access the event recording, fact sheets, contact cards and more from the Energy Communities IWG’s Illinois Basin § 48C Regional Event in Evansville, Indiana.
  • Stories from Communities LEAP Pilot Webinar
    DOE recently hosted a webinar for communities to share their technical assistance experiences during the Communities Local Energy Action Program (Communities LEAP) pilot, including the progress they made toward achieving their various clean energy goals. Check out their stories!
  • Southern Illinois IWG Funding Panel
    May 14–15, 2024 
    Shawnee College Campus, Metropolis, Illinois  
  • WORC 6 Pre-Application Workshop
    May 29, 2024, 12–1 p.m. ET; virtual
    This technical assistance webinar will cover funding opportunity basics and provide lessons learned to support Appalachian region applicants for the 2024 Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC Round 6) funding opportunity.
  • Advancing Appalachia: ARC 2024 Annual Conference
    September 4–5, 2024
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
    ARC’s annual conference will highlight how Appalachia’s 13 states and 423 counties are working to advance the region by building businesses and workforces, investing in infrastructure and tourism, and growing local leadership capacity.
  • Southern Illinois IWG Funding Panel 
    October 22–23, 2024
    University of Illinois Extension Center, Carmi, Illinois 
  • U.S. Department of Labor Releases Clean Energy Jobs Interactive Map
    The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the launch of an interactive map to help workers, unions and the public learn more about the tens of thousands of jobs being created nationwide by more than 1,000 planned clean energy projects.

Support § 48C as a Reviewer 

Are you interested in supporting the implementation of this impactful program? DOE’s MESC has exciting opportunities available to contribute to the § 48C Tax Credit Program Application merit review process. Learn more about how to apply here.

On behalf of all Energy Communities 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

To learn more about funding opportunities, visit the Energy Communities IWG Clearinghouse.

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