One year ago, on April 23, 2021, the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) delivered its initial report to President Biden. This report identified 25 energy communities hard-hit by coal mine and power plant closures that are priorities for investment and engagement; nearly $38 billion in existing federal funding that could deliver immediate investment to energy communities and workers; and immediate and long-term actions the Energy Communities IWG would take.
To celebrate this important first-step, Energy Communities IWG is naming this week, April 25-29, 2022, as Energy Communities Week.
Throughout this week, federal agencies across the government are showcasing their work on behalf of energy communities by announcing new funding, hosting online workshops sharing funding success stories, and more. Energy Communities IWG is deploying its “Making A Difference” campaign on social media, highlighting communities who have received critical funding in the past year, stats and facts about the clean energy transition, and Q&A with Executive Director Dr. Brian Anderson.
Events and announcements happening this week, include:
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Energy Communities IWG are hosting part 2 of the webinar series “How to Apply For and Manage Federal Grants” on Thursday, April 28 at 3pm
- A potential federal funding announcement from U.S. Department of Labor
- Potential federal funding announcements from U.S. Economic Development Administration
Keep track of these exciting announcements by following the IWG on social media at:
YouTube: Energy Communities
Established by an Executive Order during President Biden’s first week in office, the 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 as the U.S. prepares to undergo a historic energy evolution to a carbon emission-free electricity sector by 2035 and economy-wide net-zero emissions by 2050.