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Director’s Update – November 18, 2022

Dear Energy Community Supporter,

Thank you for your continued interest in the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization’s (Energy Communities IWG). Before reading on, please take a moment to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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(Photos: Courtesy Virginia Energy)

Russell County, Virginia is the former home to one of the largest coal preparation plants in the country. After five years of work and $500 million in grants, Project Reclaim transformed 25 acres of land into usable industrial property. This land has easy access to railroads, electricity and natural gas, making it a prime spot for new business.

Russell County and surrounding areas were historically reliant on coal for jobs and success of the regional economy. Project Reclaim will provide the region with economic development opportunities and the creation of new jobs for residents by selling the reclaimed land to new businesses. The construction and operation of these new businesses will also help diversify the regional economy.

This project was made possible by funding from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) program, the U.S. Department of Treasury, and Virginia Energy’s AMLER program.

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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