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Director’s Update – May 18, 2022

Dear Energy Community Supporter, Thank you for your continued interest in the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) Director Updates. In addition to funding updates and deadlines, this edition features a recent “how to” webinar recap and a success story out of Pennsylvania. Highlights include everything …

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Director’s Update – May 6, 2022

Dear Energy Community Supporter, From billions of dollars in available funding opportunities, to new resources to help demystify the grant process, I’m pleased to share with all of you this critical information to benefit energy communities and workers. April 23, 2022 marked one year since Energy Communities IWG delivered its initial report to President Biden. To …

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USDA, Energy Communities IWG Host Two-Part Virtual, “How to” Workshop on Federal Grant Applications

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Rural Workforce Innovation Network (RWIN) and the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) wrapped up a two-part virtual workshop on applying for and managing federal grants. Rural communities, especially those that are under resourced, often face challenges …

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IWG Executive Director Keynote Speaker at Focus Forward 2022

Today, IWG Executive Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D. participated in the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative (WVPEC) Focus Forward 2022 event in Morgantown, West Virginia, as a keynote speaker. Focus Forward 2022: West Virginia’s New Narrative showcased stories of innovation in government and industry, resiliency in education, and leadership in the changing culture of work in …

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Federal Interagency Working Group Kicks-Off Energy Communities Week 2022

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 …

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IWG Executive Director to Participate as Keynote Speaker at West Virginia Public Education Collaborative Focus Forward Event

IWG Executive Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., will be a keynote speaker at Focus Forward 2022: West Virginia’s New Narrative. He will share insights into the IWG’s efforts to support West Virginia’s energy communities and energy workers. Hosted by the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative (WVPEC), Focus Forward will take place Wednesday, April 27 from 9 …

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Repurposing Fossil Energy Assets Webinar Resources, Success Story, and New Funding Opportunities

April 20, 2022 Dear Energy Community Supporter, I’m happy to share with you the mid-April edition of the Energy Communities IWG newsletter. As you read on, you’ll find funding opportunities, upcoming events and additional resources for energy community leaders. Don’t forget to follow the IWG on social media for real-time updates and important information. Twitter: @EnergyComm_USFacebook: @EnergyCommunitiesUSLinkedIn: …

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IWG Deputy Executive Director Joins Panel at Regional Carbon Management Workshop in Ohio

Today, the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization Deputy Executive Director, Briggs White, Ph.D., joined a panel on energy jobs at the Regional Carbon Management Applicant Education Workshop in Columbus, OH. This workshop was the first of three in-person regional workshops hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s …

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New Investments in Appalachia Energy Communities, Funding Opportunities, and Events

April 5, 2022 Dear Energy Community Supporter, In just the past three weeks, multiple federal agencies have announced new funding opportunities for energy communities across the nation, including five announcements specifically for the Appalachia region at an IWG-run event on March 18. To learn more about those funding opportunities, additional open federal funding, opportunities closing …

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IWG, USEA Host Workshop on Opportunities for Energy Communities to Repurpose Fossil Energy Assets

Today, the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization and the United States Energy Association (USEA) hosted a half-day workshop that explored the many benefits of repurposing legacy fossil fuel infrastructure, including closed coal mines, coal power plants, and orphaned oil and gas wells. “Repurposing Fossil Assets” featured local …

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