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What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for Energy Communities Webinar Series – Part One

March 20, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

The historic investments in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) present a multitude of opportunities to revitalize energy communities, diversify workforces and support energy workers across the country. As more investments become available, it’s crucial for energy communities to understand for which programs they are eligible and the benefits of those programs.

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) is hosting a two-part webinar series highlighting IRA programs that benefit energy communities. The series will provide energy communities with the information they need to better understand how they can benefit from specific programs within the IRA.

Key programs discussed in the first webinar include:

  • U.S. Department of Energy Loan Program Office’s Energy Infrastructure Reinvestment program that can be used to repurpose shuttered fossil energy assets.
  • Programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture investing in rural America to support the clean energy transformation for a variety of energy community stakeholders.



Speakers & Topics

Time EST

Welcome & Overview

Brian Anderson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Energy Communities IWG

2:00 p.m.

Keynote Remarks

Kristina Costa
Deputy Assistant to the President for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation

2:05 p.m.

IRA Energy Programs at Rural Development

Clare Sierawski
Senior Energy Counselor
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development

John McAuliff
Senior Advisor
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development

2:15 p.m.

Energy Infrastructure Reinvestment (EIR) Program

Jigar Shah
U.S. Department of Energy Loan Program Office

2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Brian Anderson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Energy Communities IWG

2:55 p.m.

Event Concludes

3:00 p.m.


March 20, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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