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Empowering America’s Energy Communities:
IWG Stakeholder Retreat

July 23July 24

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) will host a stakeholder retreat in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, July 23, and Wednesday, July 24.

Join energy community leaders from across the nation to take part in this event, which will feature:

  • A Platform for Your Voice: Share your insights to influence the future direction of the Energy Communities IWG and America’s clean energy transition.
  • Invaluable Learning Opportunities: Discover best practices for driving economic growth through private and public investment in energy communities.
  • Strategic Workforce Development: Gain knowledge about building a robust workforce and creating good-paying jobs for transitioning energy workers.
  • Direct Access to Decision-Makers: Engage with key policymakers and provide suggestions and feedback on federal resources and programming.
  • Collaborative Problem-Solving: Participate in a dynamic dialogue aimed at overcoming challenges through innovative, community-based partnerships.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to contribute to the future of the Energy Communities IWG and connect with fellow leaders. We look forward to your participation!

Venue

Convene Hamilton Square
600 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

Convene is located near the Metro Center, Federal Triangle, and McPherson Square metro stations and offers nearby paid parking.

Agenda

Approximate timing is included below for planning purposes. Additional details and a full agenda will be announced soon. Check back often for program updates.

Tuesday, July 23
1:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. ET
5:00–8:00 p.m. ET:  Optional evening activities

Wednesday, July 24
8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. ET

Registration

Name(Required)
Consent to recording(Required)
I hereby give my consent for my image and likeness to be videotaped, audiotaped, or photographed during this event. I further authorize the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG), including the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and other Energy Communities IWG partner agencies, to use this electronic media and/or photographs in any manner—whole, or in part—with no expectation to inspect or approve any use. I also consent for the Energy Communities IWG and/or NETL to use any questions or comments I provide during the event in future materials and/or publications.

Speakers

Brian J. Anderson

Executive Director
Energy Communities IWG

Briggs White

Deputy Executive Director
Energy Communities IWG

Additional speakers to be announced.

Accomodations

Convene Hamilton Square is conveniently located in downtown Washington, D.C, near the White House, Capitol Building, and National Mall.

A list of recommended nearby hotels is below:

Nearby Hotels

Hotel Washington
515 15th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
.1 mile to venue

Hilton Garden Inn
815 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
.2 mile to venue

 Sofitel Lafayette Square Park
806 15th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
.3 mile to venue

Washington Marriott at Metro Center
775 12th St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20005
.3 mile to venue

Hamilton Hotel
1001 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
.4 mile to venue

 Club Quarters Hotel
839 17th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
.6 mile to venue 

 

Details

Start:
July 23
End:
July 24

Venue

Convene Hamilton Square
600 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Brian J. Anderson

Executive Director
Energy Communities IWG

Brian J. Anderson, Ph.D., was named executive director of the Biden Administration’s Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization in April 2021. In this role, Anderson strategically leverages national laboratory resources and expertise to help ensure the shift to a clean energy economy creates good-paying union jobs, spurs economic revitalization, remediates environmental degradation and supports energy workers in coal, oil and gas, and power plant communities. Anderson led development of the IWG’s initial report that included recommendations to catalyze robust economic activity and support workers in America’s energy sector; these recommendations are now driving revitalization efforts in Appalachia and across the nation.

A longtime resident of West Virginia and a descendant of coal miners, Anderson brings extensive expertise in regional innovation and technology development for the energy sector. He served as director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) from 2018-2023. Anderson then joined DOE’s Office of the Under Secretary for Infrastructure, serving as senior advisor on energy communities. In this role, his work spans the program portfolio and includes institutionalizing the place-based work of the IWG and providing technical advice and guidance to the under secretary, deputy under secretary, and program offices within the Office’s portfolio.

Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at West Virginia University and his master’s and doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Briggs White

Deputy Executive Director
Energy Communities IWG

Briggs White, Ph.D., serves as deputy executive director of the Biden Administration’s Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization. In this role, he works hand in hand with the 11 federal agency members of the IWG to advance its mission. The IWG is identifying and coordinating opportunities to connect energy communities for federal investments to help ensure the shift to a clean energy economy creates good-paying union jobs, spurs economic revitalization, remediates environmental degradation and supports energy workers in coal, oil and gas, and power plant communities. Prior to being appointed deputy executive director, White was central to a multi-agency effort to prepare the IWG’s initial report, which described existing mechanisms and provided recommendations for future actions that could support and revitalize the economies of energy communities.

White joined the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in 2007 and most recently served as a technology manager for three research and development programs, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management: High Performance Materials, Water Management, and Energy Storage. He is currently based out of NETL’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, site and worked at NETL’s Morgantown, West Virginia, site from 2007 to 2015. White holds degrees in materials science and engineering from Alfred University (B.S.), the University of Florida (M.S., Ph.D.) and the University of Rome (Ph.D.) with an emphasis on solid-state high-temperature electrochemical devices.