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Director’s Update – September 14, 2023

The 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.

Four Corners Rapid Response Team Community Update

Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Energy Communities IWG’s Four Corners Rapid Response Team (4C-RRT) recently hosted a virtual meeting to update stakeholders on accomplishments over the last year and what is on the horizon. Thought leaders from across the Four Corners region also provided updates on new and ongoing initiatives, gaps in regional capacity, and priorities for concerned citizen groups.

View the update here.

New Funding Opportunities & Announcements

  • $3.5 Million to Provide Workforce Opportunities in Energy Communities
    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management announced up to $3.5 million through its Capacity Building for Repurposing Energy Assets initiative to help local communities across the country create a roadmap toward repurposing existing energy assets. 
  • Guidance on Inflation Reduction Act Provision
    The U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released proposed rules and FAQs on important provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act to ensure energy jobs are well-paying and that a robust, diverse pipeline of workers take and have access to opportunities created by the act’s investments.
  • $350 Million in Grants Available to States to Cut Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Sector
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE) and DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced availability of up to $350 million in grant funding to help monitor and reduce methane emissions. This funding will help oil and gas owners and operators of applicable facilities reduce methane emissions on non-federal lands.
  • Funding Granted to Domestic Supply Chain for Critical Minerals
    The U.S. Department of Energy will fund up to $30 million to help lower the costs of the onshore production of rare earths and other critical minerals and materials from domestic coal-based resources. This funding will help meet the demand of critical minerals across the country while lowering reliance of offshore supplies.

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. To learn more about how to navigate the Energy Communities IWG Clearinghouse, click here.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Department of Transportation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Events & Additional Resources

  • ARC 2023 Annual Conference
    The Appalachian Regional Commission’s 2023 Annual Conference was held on September 11-12 in Ashland, Kentucky. Topics of interest included expanding workforce development, growing outdoor recreation, developing entrepreneurs and building leadership and community capacity in the region. Click here to view the livestreamed opening ceremony.
Courtesy Appalachian Regional Commission
  • State of Tennessee ARC Pre-Application Workshop
    The State of Tennessee Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Pre-Application workshop will cover an overview of the ARC region of Tennessee, Regional Plan, funding, performance measures, match funding requirements and common issues on ARC applications. The workshop will be held on September 27, 2023. Registration is now open.
  • Third Annual Appalachia Forward
    The Third Annual Appalachia Forward, featuring the Energy Communities IWG, will be held on Sept. 27, 2023, at Belmont College in St. Clairsville, Ohio. This conference is focused on bringing together local officials who are committed to fostering economic revitalization in Appalachian Ohio’s energy communities. Registration is now open.
  • Economic Revitalization in Pennsylvania’s Energy Communities
    Energy Communities IWG will host an event in Pennsylvania in October to highlight federal opportunities that can help catalyze economic development in the state’s energy communities. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage directly with federal officials to share challenges their community faces and identify solutions to address those needs. More details to come.
  • Brushy Fork 2023 Leadership Summit
    The 2023 Brushy Fork Leadership Summit, Leading Through Resilience: Imagining the Future, will be held November 2-3 at Berea College. This two-day gathering will feature intensive workshop tracks, taught by regional leaders and will have prime content for non-profit development. Registration is now open.

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

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