The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) today announced it is requesting information from the public to help inform the working group’s efforts. All stakeholders are encouraged to share their views, including energy workers (particularly those related to coal, oil and gas), elected officials, Tribal representatives, community development organizations, labor unions, the private sector, academic institutions, philanthropic interests and more.
This 60-day public comment period will provide the Energy Communities IWG with input and information to help the group prioritize and plan assistance to energy communities. The public comment portal seeks input from the public on the challenges facing energy communities, measures to address those needs, and recommendations for the federal government to consider. Comments can address integrated support, investments, policy and more.
Comments can be submitted at https://energycommunities.gov/comment/ and will be available for public viewing and inspection.
The portal will remain open until August 9, 2022.
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.