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Central Appalachia § 48C Regional Event

March 26 from 9:00 am3:00 pm EDT

Join the Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) and Energy Communities IWG in Charleston, WV on Tuesday, March 26 for an event bringing together federal officials, private sector leaders and local communities to discuss the Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit (§48C) Program.

The Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit (§48C) program was established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The program was expanded with a $10 billion investment under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 to fund projects that achieve the following:

  • expand clean energy manufacturing and recycling
  • expand critical materials processing and refining
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions at industrial facilities

The  §48C program will provide an investment tax credit of up to 30% of qualified investments for certified projects that meet prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements. The program also sets aside 40% of funds for projects in designated energy communities – communities with closed coal plants or mines – to encourage job creation and economic growth in all pockets of America.

Regional events will include:

  • An overview of the §48C program.
  • Discussion of the advantages of investing in rural communities.
  • Networking with federal officials, community leaders, and clean energy manufacturing professionals.

The event will be focused on the Inflation Reduction Act’s $10 billion Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit (48C) Program. These events will share publicly available information. All information shared at the events will be made available to non-attendees.

The event is open to the public and will include project developers, asset owners, financiers, local/state/federal officials, community leaders, non-governmental organizations, and worker organizations.

For more information on events, please email us at contact@energycommunities.gov.
Please submit any programmatic questions to 48CQuestions@hq.doe.gov.

Streaming begins at 10 am ET.

Please click the link below to join the event virtually:


Passcode: iwg48C

Or Telephone:

    Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

    +1 669 254 5252 US (San Jose)

    +1 646 828 7666 US (New York)

Event ID: 160 871 8038

Passcode: 330517


Tuesday, March 26, 2024
University of Charleston, Riggleman Hall
Charleston, WV

Registration & Networking
(Riggleman Rotunda)
 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks
(Erma Byrd Gallery)
Dr. Brian Anderson, Executive Director, Energy Communities IWG

Ben Beachy, Special Assistant to the President for Climate Policy, Industrial Sector, and Community Investment
10:00–10:45 a.m.
The Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains, § 48C Program Overview, and Other Relevant ProgramsInformational session providing background on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC), an overview of the Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit (§ 48C) Program, and a summary of other relevant MESC programs.

Kelly Visconti, Acting Deputy Director, Manufacturing and Workforce Development, Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains
10:45–11:30 a.m.
Q&A 11:30 a.m.–Noon
Lunch and Networking
(Geary Student Union Ballroom)
 Noon–1:00 p.m.
Building Successful Projects for Energy Communities
(Erma Byrd Gallery)
Dr. Briggs White, Deputy Director, Energy Communities IWG

Mike Graney, Executive Director, Department of Economic Development

Petra Mitchell, President and CEO, Catalyst Connection

John Tuggle, Executive Director, Region 4 Planning and Development Council

Justin Williams, Director, Affiliated Construction Trades West Virginia
1:00–2:00 p.m.
Closing RemarksDr. Brian Anderson, Executive Director, Energy Communities IWG

Ryan Thorn, State Director for West Virginia, USDA Rural Development
2:00–2:15 p.m.
Federal and State Partner Office Hours
(Riggleman Rotunda)
Attendees can speak directly with federal and state officials to discuss funding and technical opportunities that can directly impact their projects and communities.2:15–3:15 p.m.


Registration Closed


March 26
9:00 am – 3:00 pm EDT


University of Charleston
Riggleman Hall
Charleston, WV United States
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