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IWG Partners with NARUC on Federal-State Collaboration for Energy Community Revitalization Webinar

Earlier this week, leaders from several federal agencies under the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization presented at the “Federal-State Collaboration for Energy Community Revitalization” webinar hosted by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). The webinar highlighted opportunities for collaboration with state public utility commissions, as …

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Leaders seek to revitalize Navajo and Hopi economies through alternative energy options

On Sept. 14, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Hopi Chairman Tim Nuvangyaoma were among key speakers during a zoom conference with the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (IWG). Read the full story at: https://www.nhonews.com/news/2021/sep/21/leaders-seek-revitalize-navajo-and-hopi-economies-/

U.S. Secretary of Energy has positive vision of West Virginia’s future

As bleak as the coal industry has been recently, the U.S. Secretary of Energy seems very upbeat about West Virginia’s future. Speaking at a virtual forum recently, Secretary Jennifer Granholm said, “West Virginia did power the country for the past 100 years and we want West Virginia to power the country for the next 100 …

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EGEB: Can coal state West Virginia become the ‘poster child’ for clean energy?

US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm spoke at a virtual event cohosted by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization. Read the full story at: https://electrek.co/2021/09/20/egeb-can-coal-state-west-virginia-become-the-poster-child-for-clean-energy/

U.S. Energy Secretary Granholm: West Virginia can be ‘poster child’ for green energy transition

West Virginia has the potential to be the “poster child” of the nation’s transition toward cleaner, greener energy, according to U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. Granholm recently was among the featured speakers for a virtual event co-hosted by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic …

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ARC announces nearly $46.4 million for economic transformation

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization, ARC announced nearly $46.4 million for 57 projects across 184 counties to support economic diversification in the Region’s coal-impacted communities. Read the full story at: https://www.lanereport.com/146552/2021/09/arc-announces-nearly-46-4-million-for-economic-transformation/

Federal and Regional Agencies Host Virtual Event on Appalachia Economic Revitalization, New Award Recipients Announced

The Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization, and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) hosted a virtual event, “New Opportunities for Coal Communities”, today that showcased Matewan, WV community voices and discussed economic revitalization for coal communities in the region. The event featured federal, regional and local speakers, a …

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DOE Announces Communities LEAP Pilot, $16M In Funding for Environmental Justice And Fossil Fuel Communities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of its Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Partnerships) Pilot program, which will provide up to $16 million to support environmental justice communities and communities with historical ties to fossil fuel industries in their transition to a clean energy economy. As part of President Biden’s commitment to …

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Prioritizing coal-to-products commercialization is needed to revitalize Southern West Virginia economy

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization, created by the Biden Administration in January 2021, has identified Southern West Virginia as No. 1 and Beckley as No. 23 on their list of 40 priority communities to target for transition funding and technical assistance. Read the full story at: https://www.wvnews.com/westondemocrat/opinion/prioritizing-coal-to-products-commercialization-is-needed-to-revitalize-southern-west-virginia-economy/article_e5eb8cd4-14fc-11ec-ba7e-bb821a40dd0e.html

IWG Meets with Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe Leaders to Discuss Economic Revitalization

Yesterday, IWG Executive Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., and several federal agency senior officials met with leaders from Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe to share details about federal funding available to help Tribal leaders strengthen their economies, workforce, businesses and communities. “It was wonderful to meet with Hopi Chairman Nuvangyaoma and Navajo President Nez yesterday to …

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